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Initial post: Feb 26, 2009 2:07:55 PM PST
A. Hoy says:
Kindle prices have been going up.

Just today I spotted a "trashy novel" for over $10 on the Kindle store -- when the HARDCOVER version costs $9 from Amazon!

Let's send a message to publishers:

Charging $11 for a paperback novel -- without the paperback! -- is ridiculous.

Charging $18 for a digital version of a book that relies heavily on photographs -- which look bad on the Kindle -- is ridiculous.

Charging $12 for a business book you can get at Costco in 2 weeks for $9.99 is ridiculous.


Let's tag all over-$9.99 books with the tag "9.99boycott"!

Just go to the form field under the "Tags Customers Associate with This Product" headline and type "9.99boycott" (without the quotes) and click the button.

It's that easy.

I've already started.



Kindle books are kinda like movie tickets. While you can re-read the book, you cannot:

* donate it to a library
* sell it to a used book store
* sell it on Amazon's Used Marketplace
* trade it to a friend

And, of course, the book *has no paper* so it *has no production costs*.

The publisher does not need to pay for paper, glue, press time, press employees, insurance, ink, boxes, or shipping.

Amazon does not need to stock its warehouse, pay staff to fulfill orders, or pay shipping.

The price needs to reflect these VERY important facts.

We did not buy our Kindles with the promise of convenience and low prices, in order to be swindled with this kind of bait-and-switch tactics.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009 1:03:36 PM PST
I agree with you. In addition the sloppy editing is an affront to the readers. 9.99 is really quite a bit when yu think of how cheaply you can down load music to your ipod. In spite of this I do love my Kindle~ Mimi

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 6:45:16 PM PST
A. Hoy, thanks for your help in this. Great post! As I write this, the "9.99boycott" tag has been used over 440 times! Hopefully, it will send a strong message to both the publishers and Amazon that "virtual books" need to be reasonably priced.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 8:00:10 PM PST
B. Blanton says:
While you are waiting for the prices to come down or if you want the book now, wipe the dust off your library card and reserve it on the net or go to your favorite discount store to buy it. Often Wal Mart or Costco has the cheapest prices. Then sell it at your used book store, donate it to a woman's or homeless shelter for a tax write off, or give it as a gift to someone you know will LOVE it!

Any of those strategies cost from 0 dollars to cheaper than the higher Kindle prices and you will have taken a stand. The folks at Facebook banded together and made a stand over the forever rights to their information and in a short period of time, their made their voices heard.

This will only have some impact if the majority of us make our concerns known by out letters and our feet. Also, in this economy, we all have fewer dollars to spend so we owe it to ourselves to not be passive and just quietly slink away. Also let your local and national media know.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2009 8:48:08 AM PST
M. Colville says:
Actually, I have been, all on my own, going you one better. I won't spend $9.99 on any Kindle book. When I search for a new book at the Kindle store, if I find it and it is $9.99, I don't buy it. If I really want it, I add it to my Wish List, give it a couple of months, and can usually get it in paperback for 5 or 6 dollars.
I was horrified to see a book on Kindle for $42.95 !
(I don't remember which it was- maybe a dictionary?)

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 4:48:28 PM PST
Sandy says:
I just did my first $9.99 boycott. It felt GOOD!

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 9:36:30 AM PST
cristobal says:
I'm there with you. I haven't bought any Kindle books over 9.99 since I got it, but I love the idea of tagging them. Which I'm now doing. Great Idea, A. Hoy!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009 10:01:14 AM PST
practical says:
will list all the kindle books over 9.99

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 3:04:20 PM PST
I am tagging them also. I noticed one book Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult was 15.00 two days ago. Yesterday I tagged it 9.99boycott. This morning it was down to 12.00 and some change. Just now I checked and it is now 9.99. Woohoo! Someone is listening to us. I am going to buy this one now.

Posted on Mar 7, 2009 11:42:58 PM PST
Crystal Lily says:
Long time Kindle lover getting mighty steamed at the recent price jumps. This makes me feel better know I am not the only one who REFUSES to purchase over 9.99 books. I am going on a tagging spree. What a great suggestion!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2009 5:43:55 AM PDT
M. Atherton says:
I found the same with Jodi's book and quickly sent off note to Amazon with my complaint. They sent back a "lovely" note telling me to check the book in a few weeks. Being impatient I checked it a few days later to find it at $9.99. Needless to say i'm about ready to look for a new book and hope to find something good for $9.99. BUT I love my Kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2009 1:13:10 PM PDT
My whole purpose in buying my kindle was to be able to stay at home and download, for a reasonable price, some of my favorite authors. Now the prices are going up and I can no longer afford to do that. I have always been a voracious reader and it was so nice to be able to finish one book and immediately have another to read. I guess I will be making more trips to our local library as the prices of the novels are just too high.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2009 5:07:16 PM PDT
Soapy70 says:

I'm with you on that. I read a book a day or more and with the prices jumping over the last several months I just can't afford it. I can go to Walmart and get the new releases cheaper than on the Kindle and also the used bookstore. I'm heading back to the used bookstore tomorrow to buy more books as the prices don't seem to be going back down anytime soon.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 5:33:27 PM PDT
Rumi says:
They're killing the goose that laid the golden egg. I refuse to buy a book for my kindle over 9.99 and I smell a bait and switch. At least if I buy a book, I really have something and it doesn't require I keep a piece of functional technology in order to read it! No way am I paying more than a paperback price for something that's "virtual" and DRMed. Right now, I can still find books that are affordable to read, but I'm considering that my kindle may have been a short lived experiment that I'll set aside and move back to paperbacks. It may already be time to set my kindle aside because every book I buy now (even if the price is reasonable), requires that I keep a working kindle in order to keep reading it. I was willing to uphold my end of that bargain because Amazon was selling books inexpensively. But if they're not going to uphold their end of the deal, I'm not going to do mine.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 10:22:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2009 1:00:10 PM PDT
I applaud the effort to get the message out.

Unfortunately, we need to be careful that a boycott of books over the price isn't misintepreted as "see Amazon, we TOLD you people wouldn't buy the electronic versions."

Publishers are now setting prices for "e-books." For one book I'm interested in, the e-book and hard copy price is the same. Amazon has significantly discounted both prices, and the Kindle price is below the physical media price. BUT, the Kindle version is still $15 and change. I won't be ordering the Kindle edition until the price hits $9.99.

I was worried though, that the publishers would see this book not selling and blame the media instead of the price. So I sent a complaint off to the publisher, telling them that I think it's ridiculous to price the electronic and physical versions of the book at the same price, given the different utility associated with each.

So please -- take your complaints directly to the publishers in addition to tagging them. If the publishers aren't hearing it directly from customers, it will be too easy for them to justify their decisions to not provide electronic versions of books "because no one buys them."

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 10:55:10 AM PDT
Tracy Schiff says:
The new Harlan Coben book is on sale for the Kindle pre-order for $15.37!!! When you consider that Barnes and Noble sells this book in HARDBACK for 18.00 this is CLEARLY A RIP OFF.

I spoke to someone at Amazon who CLAIMED that the prices of books are set by the publishing houses. I suspect that due to the "read aloud" feature on the Kindle2, some of these publishers feel they are losing Audiobook sales. I suppose some Kindle readers might use this function, but I certainly don't. If I need an audiobook, I need to be able to play it IN MY CAR and I can't do that with the Kindle2. There's also a HUGE difference between having an actor read these books with passion vs. hearing the robotic Kindle2 voice. That voice would put me to sleep in 2 minutes.

Still, whether it's Amazon or the publishers, it's a RIP-OFF. Since the publishers are NOT paying for paper, glue, shipping, printing costs they should not be selling US these books at virtually the same price as hardbacks. And selling $7.99 paperbacks to Kindle owners for $6.99 or more is an outrage. I'm certainly going to use the 9.99boycott to express my anger.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 1:17:04 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 12, 2009 1:20:28 PM PDT
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TomXP411 says:
I should mention... the tag that got me to this discussion was for a book that costs less than $2. I've also seen many titles that DO only cost $9.99 on the 9 99boycott list.

Maybe it's working, or maybe natural market pressures are dropping the price of some of these books. Whichever it is, I am seeing prices go down over time.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009 10:45:38 AM PDT
Prices will come down...and there is an incredible number of great books available for FREE if you take a few minutes to look on the Internet. If you pay attention even a little the Kindle is an unparalleled way to expand your mind at a very low cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2009 8:16:57 PM PDT
Pat says:
Not even my favorite authors.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 3:12:17 PM PDT
D. Greenspan says:
For major Boycott actions and lots of good info, please go to It supports the two $9.99 boycott threads on the K1 and K2 discussion boards. Many good results have occurred since these threads began.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009 1:40:43 PM PDT
I noted earlier today in another discussion, that Amazon has passed 250,000 kindle books. The number has been going up steadily. AND, there has been a fairly steady DECLINE in prices on new e-books. SO, this boycott/pressure is clearly working. Keep it up!!

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 6:25:28 PM PDT
I agree with everyone above. I bought my Kindle expecting to pay only $9.99. I will not pay more for a popular mass market book, and I really LOVE my Kindle. I would not use my kindle as a major reference book since the picture reproduction is so poor, and the included dictionary is just fine for basic purposes.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 6:51:36 PM PDT
I just came here from the Kindle Edition of "The Warded Man"...... which costs $9.99

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2009 12:03:34 PM PDT
Buyer says:
I agree. It's simply wrong to advertise that all books are $9.99 and under when that's not the case. I love my Kindle, but I am upset about the pricing.
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