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Initial post: Nov 10, 2012 7:50:16 AM PST
sonia says:
I started to read Maya Banks based on recommendations by other readers. I started to read her KGI series. My question is about the cost of her Kindle version books. I notice that the Kindle version has a fixed price of $7.99, and the paperback version start from $.01 to approximately to $1.99 and even with shipping, it costs less than the Kindle version. I find her books good; not great and I wonder at the fixed price for the Kindle version versus the paperback version. I now buy paperbacks along with the Kindle version.

Should not the Kindle version be competitive with the paperback version? I thought the electronic was supposed to cost less/cheaper than the paper version? I understand that prices are charged in accordance with what readers will pay; however, are readers so caught up that prices are not questioned? Case in point; Darkest Hour-$7.99 then the author wrote a short story that finished the story; Softly at Sunrise-$2.99; total $11.00 for a book should have cost perhaps $5.00. This should have been one book. I was new, and I was curious; however, felt snookered after reading both books. Needless to say, I will not be snookered again; however, just curious and wonder how others felt about this issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:03:39 AM PST
Buy the one that makes sense to you. If you actually do care how others feel about it, have a look at the other 7,854,032,179.99 threads on the topic.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:11:16 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You are talking about used book prices from what I can tell. Where did you ever get the idea that the digital copy was supposed to be cheaper? If you want the cheapest book available then get it.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:12:56 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
prices for ebooks are not set by amazon and amazon can reduce the price of paper books, but not ebooks

and I see ebook at $5.76 and paperback at $7.99 and my price is with VAT on top of it (I'm in France where all paperbacks routinely cost 9.99 euros or over 12USD, so they're both cheap)

The Darkest Hour (A KGI Novel)

you might try asking the publisher why they priced it so high

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:20:47 AM PST
P. M. H. says:
If you buy a used book, you also have to add in $3.99 for shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:25:26 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Along with that used book you might also have human feces and other germs added in. You never know where peoples hands were that were reading those used books. Enjoy!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:49:34 AM PST
sonia says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:52:26 AM PST
sonia says:
I did; the cost was $4.00, and I bought the paperback version. Some were a bit more; however, the cost of the paperback and shipping, was cheaper than the kindle version.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:57:07 AM PST
Well, I can't speak for others, including those I know feel pretty much the same way I do. My perception, though, is that if we're to understand that you don't want to "sort through 7,854,032,179.99 threads on the topic," it only makes sense that you'd appreciate why some of us don't particularly feel like typing the same responses for the 7,854,032,180.99th time.

As I've already said, buy the one that makes sense to you. Paperback prices, used or new, are completely irrelevant to those of us who can't or prefer not to read small print. If you're fortunate enough to be able to read paperbacks and they save you a buck here and there, go for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:57:18 AM PST
Fine.
You made the choice that made sense to you.

You need to contact the publisher or author if you think the ebook version is priced too high. Many people consider the benefits of kindle version more than offset the price as many cannot read dtb versions.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:22:11 AM PST
sonia says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:28:08 AM PST
So you really weren't asking just about that one particular author and you do want to argue the reasoning of others versus your own? Okay, fine. But which part of "buy what makes sense for you" are you having trouble with? If you're fortunate enough to read the small print, if lending matters to you, if you don't want to spend $69 for a Kindle; enjoy your paperbacks. It's not that difficult a concept.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:32:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 9:33:35 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
because:

1. there aren't may places I can find thousands of books for free
2. I can can easily carry multiple books in my bag everywhere (before the kindle I was carrying a french-english dictionary, a french verb conjugation book and a regular paper back every where and they were heavy)
3. Packing for a trip is a cinch as I can easily take hundreds of books with me)
4. I don't have to visit one of the few stores that have english language books (requires catching a bus then the train and perhaps the metro as well) and paying 9.99 euros (over 12USD per book) and then having to lug them home - not to mention the poor selection
5. I don't have to pay shipping
6. Some authors are only producing ebooks now (the latest Terry Goodkind book came out for kindle only)
7. Some obscure books that are very hard to find in paper versions are available for the kindle
8. Magazines

and lots of other reasons including that I won't have to get rid of my books when I go back to the US

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:32:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 9:35:01 AM PST
P. M. H. says:
Well, one problem with your reasoning is that authors and others need to get paid for their work. Otherwise, there will be very few books to read. I believe one needs to compare the price of a new, not used, book to the similar ebook. I have found a lot of free or low cost ebooks for the Kindle. I have also found some favorite authors newest book about a dollar less that the paper copy, or the same price. I'm OK with this. I want them to keep writing. Overall, I spend less per year on Kindle books that I used to spend on paper, used and new.

You have to decide what works best for you. If used paper books meet your needs, by all means, buy them. I prefer Kindle books because I can make the print larger for my aging eyes and I can carry a whole lot of books with me when I travel. And all my best friends are on my Kindle account, so we share the books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:36:35 AM PST
sonia says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:38:42 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
WTF? You don't want to spend what e-books cost, then don't. Don't buy a Kindle, or sell the one you may have, and buy used p/bs.

Just don't feign surprise and offense if very, very few people give a carp, and don't buy into your "logical whine."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:42:43 AM PST
So now we're going to have the discussion about what constitutes rudeness? Yes, I did make a choice. I *chose* to ignore your previous remark about that and you still can't just own up to what you really want this discussion to be about or your unhappiness at not being able to control the course of the discussion.

When my finances become your business, I'll let you know, though, m'kay? Do you also want to know the prescription strength in my reading glasses?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:44:39 AM PST
Dorsie says:
It sounds like an ereader is not something you want or need. Sell it and use the money to buy used books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:45:33 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
As others have said it is a personal decision. I like the fact that my Kindle books can be read at the same time on (usually) up to 6 Kindles. Try doing that with a paper book. I also like the convenience of looking up words that I don't know by tappinng on them. I NEVER looked up words that I did not know when I read and just sort of figured it out by context but this is a fun little tool and I think I am probably learning things even when I read novels. It has been especially fun when reading novels with medical terms or some British authors that use words I am unfamiliar with. But... I also read paper books. If I really really want to read a book now and I can get the paper book from the library before I can get the Kindle book I do it. Or if I see a book on sale for a couple of bucks and I want it I buy it. I will say though that at least 75% of my reading is on my Kindle and even the used paperbacks I get for a couple of bucks don't get read very fast because they are not as convenient to grab. I always know where my kindle is, and so I always know where my Kindle books are. I can't say that for all of my paper books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:00:48 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
I too found I really love the dictionary feature. I have a good vocabulary and rarely do I come across an English word I don't know, but have always had to 'context' and guess Latin and modern foreign language words and phrases, and I love that I can get that instantly.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:03:06 AM PST
Yes we do have choice on a public forum to respond to any post we want to.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:08:48 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Sonia Allen says: I would like to believe that the ease, cost effectiveness, and quickness of electronic delivery, would make it cheaper than say the printing and selling of books? Other than the fact that the Kindle is a cool toy and convenient, why would I need to buy the kindle and spend more for a book?

Have you ever gone into a convenience store? Do you do that because they are cheaper?

The Kindle is not a toy but a reading device. Many people have problems reading and holding paper copies. How many books can you carry with you at one time comfortably? I personally would rather pay a little extra for convenience and since I have arthritis and my eyes are not what they used to be it is a no brainer. I don't plan on ever buying a print version of a book ever again.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:13:01 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I didn't buy the Kindle to save money but it HAS saved me money. Over the last 2 years I have downloaded hundreds of free books and lots of low-cost books. I keep an eye on the Kindle Daily Deal. If I had not already read the one being offered today, I would gladly pay $1.99 for it.

I also borrow books from the library on my Kindle. For me to go to the library costs a gallon of gas (about $3.50) plus 45 minutes of my time.

Then there are the benefits of the Kindle being smaller and lighter than a book, the built-in dictionary, the search feature, the sizeable fonts, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:14:05 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
So to you "meaningful" means "agree with me"?

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 10:19:53 AM PST
Any time someone on my account buys an e-book that's read by two people, basically costs only half as much as what was paid for it. If three people read it, it costs one third. Ultimately, freebies and library loaners are practically paying me to read them.
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