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Initial post: Nov 21, 2012 7:46:07 AM PST
I am annoyed with the inflated price of Kindle books. Books I bought a year ago have now doubled in price. I have decided to boycott getting Kindle books other than the cheapest novels and will go back to buying Paperbacks which are cheaper than Kindle books. This just makes no sense to me!!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:48:22 AM PST
all e-readers it seems are like that. I don't want to pay the same price for a e-book as a print copy! Can't buy them used for 25cents either like paperbacks. The resale shop by me sells hardbacks for 50cents. I can wait awhile to read most books or get them from the library.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 7:51:48 AM PST
Myra Hinman says:
Kindle books are way too expensive -paperbacks are cheaper so we are all better off switching our reading practices.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:55:05 AM PST
Kristy Kelly says:
"Free Kindle Books and Tips" is an AWESOME App That is updated daily and shows ONLY 4 and 5 STAR Kindle e books that the author has offered for FREE for a limited time. These are not the ebooks that are always categorize as free, these are best seller books and only very high rated books that are free for a very short time. The quality is amazing and bc of the inflated prices, I have found that this satisfies Most of my book wants. However, if there is a certain book or a best seller book that I want I ABSOLUTELY Agree that the prices are outrageously high.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 9:40:45 AM PST
1. The costs associated with printing one of a few hundred thousand copies of a paperback are perhaps 2 or 3-cents more than the costs of the book (paying the author, paying the people who promote it, paying the accountants who keep track of the money, paying all the administrative costs associated with publishing content, etc.) in any medium.

2. The actual price you pay will be based on the demand. As long as people want e-books, e-books will be priced nearly the same, if not more than paper copies.

3. The reason why people want the e-book version of a book instead of the paper version is that it is more convenient to carry, store, and catalog. So while the paperback version might (or might not) be cheaper, you lose those features.

By all means, if price is the most important factor for you, then buy the least expensive medium. E-books don't exist to save money. They exist to be more convenient.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 9:55:36 AM PST
Kristy Kelly says:
Does anyone have any ideas how we, as Amazon ebook customers, can BAN TOGETHER to compel Amazon to take swift action to begin lowering the price of ebooks? This is something that will have to be done by a great number of customers who are tired of paying regular price for ebooks. So if anyone has any ideas I will be happy to pass on the information.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 10:03:40 AM PST
Bixillarla says:
Amazon tried to fight the publishers and lost. The publishers pulled all thier ebooks from Amazon then people complained they could not buy them. Amazon caved in and went along with the agency model and higher prices.

Most Ebooks are set by the publisher, Amazon cannot mark them down if they wanted to. Banding together against Amazon will not have any effect, you need to get the publishers to change.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:09:21 AM PST
R. Knowlton says:
It's a beautiful thing called supply and demand in the free marketplace.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:11:42 AM PST
Booking It says:
I think its ironic how we pay as much or more for ebooks and we don't really own them. We can't resell them or loan them more than once in most cases. We are paying more money just to rent words. The publishers are cleaning up and using us to do it. I am going to the library and going back to paper backs more and more.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:17:15 AM PST
tom4416 says:
When it comes to mainstream publishers, Amazon has nothing to do with pricing (as stated in almost every book for sale description).

ebook exclusives that are self-published or even published by a mainstream ebook company, have a lot more flexibility but here's the problem - the percentage paid to the author jumps dramatically at $2.99 and so there is a lot of pressure to sell at that price or above. Plus, there are always a ton of free ebooks because authors are getting smart about using a free book as marketing.

I get a lot of my ebooks FREE from the library and get the impression not many people take advantage of this (?). There are also other sites for free books, the most well known being the Guttenberg Project.

If you want to boycott anyone, boycott the publishers by not buying the book in any format and, contact the author via their website to tell them why you're not buying the book so that perhaps they can put pressure on the publisher. I suspect, over time, more mainstream authors will go to self-publishing because the royalties to them are huge compared to the traditional avenues, even if your Stephen King.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 10:18:00 AM PST
Exactly. Also blame Apple. They "helped" the publishers in jacking up the prices to a set price point because Amazon was taking away from their (i.e. Apple) eBook business.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:23:22 AM PST
Frank Levine says:
don't any of you people read the news?

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:25:08 AM PST
David Craig says:
Use your public libraries! Thousands of titles for free!

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:25:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 10:27:28 AM PST
C. Fahey says:
Blame Apple, they were caught by the DOJ along with five of the largest publishing houses in a price fixing scheme to combat the cheaper prices Amazon offered. Goggle it if you don't believe me(aimed at the Apple fanboys/girls that will surely come out of the woodwork in defense of Apple).

Edit: David Bell beat me to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 10:25:22 AM PST
Actually, Apple hadn't yet opened their iBookstore when they agreed with the publishers to use the agency model pricing. It was either that, or not open the store at all. The consequence was that publishers then forced Amazon to do the same. So your statement that Amazon was taking business away from Apple is incorrect. Apple and Amazon are in the same position - the publishers set the price.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 10:41:34 AM PST
Does anyone have any ideas how we, as Amazon ebook customers, can BAN TOGETHER to compel Amazon to take swift action to begin lowering the price of ebooks?

Yeah. You can stop buying them.

Of course you'll give up their convenience over regular books, and that's a big thing to many people.

Similarly if people stopped buying T-bone steaks, and bought hamburger instead, the cost of T-bone steaks would come down while the price of hamburger goes up. But good luck trying to convince T-bone steak lovers to not buy them.

Heck, anything will come down in price if people stop buying it. But OTHER people aren't going to stop paying what they believe is a fair price (or else they wouldn't be buying) just so the price can drop to something YOU like better. They're going to serve their own self-interest, and pay the current price for as long as they think it's a fair price for what they get.

So if anyone has any ideas I will be happy to pass on the information.

To whom?

Are you the leader of a group of people who never studied economics before?

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 3:26:19 PM PST
Kristy Kelly says:
No I am not. I do, however, have a blog all about Kindle Fire. BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHO ELSE I AM NOT. I AM NOT A PERSON SO MISERABLE, WITH WHAT MUST BE AN EXTREMELY UNHAPPY LIFE, THAT I SPEAK TO OTHERS SO UNKINDY (And on the day after MOST PEOPLE give thanks for the MANY WONDERFUL people in my VERY BLESSED LIFE). I also AM NOT a person whose ONLY PLEASURE IN LIFE is TRYING to make others feel as miserable about themselves as YOU MUST. I AM A PERSON WHO WILL pray that you find both JOY and LOVE during this holiday season. You OBVIOUSLY DESPERATELY need it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 3:54:23 PM PST
Agapao says:
Just remember, that if you do not agree that the book is worth what you paid for, or didn't meet your expectation; go get a refund. For those who do not like Kindle books, make your own book. Use Calibre and make a word document from things you find on the Web that you would like to read. Calibre (free software) will turn your Microsoft Word document into a readable book. I got an old book, not copyrighted for free on a website, I turned the text into a kindle book. I seen the same document or book for $2.99 made from a seller of Kindle books. For those with no scruples or many scruples, go to places like and download kindle books for free from sharing pirates. I don't do it, but many do who like free stuff and sharing. So, YO HO HO, Go get thar booty, you young scallywag.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 4:01:09 PM PST
Salisbury says:
Warren, I totally agree with your logical posts. Sadly, it seems like you are talking to me by name ... without the "d", though

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 4:01:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 4:02:50 PM PST
"...but let me tell you who else i am not. i am not a person so miserable, with what must be an extremely unhappy life..."

i think someone has a stuck caps lock key.

Haha... Amazon took off all the CAPS in my reply, saying I was using too many...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 4:18:43 PM PST
Why are you yelling?
Warren just stated the facts. Don't get mad at the messenger, or Amazon. Do some research, its Apple and the big 5 that are to blame.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 4:24:23 PM PST
Salisbury says:
Chill hipmomx2

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 4:25:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 4:28:12 PM PST
MakaiOokami says:
Apple allowed publishers to set their prices and changed the pricing model and Amazon had to do the same to compete before all the publishers stopped releasing books on Amazon and pulled existing ones.

Amazon had tyrannical control and they were taking a probably larger cut of the profits than they should have. However at the end of the day it's publisher vileness that causes e-books to be (in some cases) MORE expensive than the paper copy after shipping which is for all intents and purposes robbery.

There is no reason why there can not be an Amazon algorithm that says "e-book can never exceed 2/3 or 4/5 the price of the actual physical copy" however it ends up happening because such an algorithm would cause book publishers to get pissed off and take books away from Amazon.

Hate the publishers. Hate the music industry, don't hate the distributors, and the artists who are just trying to do what they feel is right.

The thing that makes me most angry is there is no reason why I shouldn't be able to buy a physical book for my wife and get a free digital copy for my kindle. It's the most logical concept ever. Greed is not logical.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 4:27:08 PM PST
Here's my suggestion. Treat an ebook as you would any and every purchase decision you make. If it's something you want at a price that seems reasonable to you, then buy it. If it seems too expensive, then don't buy it.

Where are the threads whining about the price of potato chips? Or Snickers bars? Or undershirts? OMG those freakin' shirts are expensive!!!!!!!!1!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 4:28:03 PM PST
Yes--select aa date: Say, December 1. Announce that people are going to either stop or cut back on purchases. Go on and start a petition. Because just prining "Price established by publisher" is not acceptable when we bought out Kindles, being reassured that Nothing, Ever would go over $9.99.
Well, that ended soon enough. And yes, it is more convenient to travel with an e-reader as opposed to ten books. But all those of us who are avid readers have more that enough books to carry us through.
So--pick the date & STICK TO IT. DO NOT CAVE IN--once the vendor(s) sees a dent in the profits and outlay of product, they will back down. It may take a while. But it can be done. Remember: "Money talks....."
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