I suspect that the price will go down by the time it comes out in Sept. If you pre-order, I believe that you get the lowest price. Amazon changes it's prices daily. It's like New England weather . . . if you don't like it, wait a few minutes.
Donna I agree with you in regards to the work Ms. Rowling has done and from her success with the Harry Potter series she certainly is not writing for the money. Also I do not fault her at all in regards to the pricing of her book. I look at the publisher who sets the price and to Amazon for offering it at such a price. I have the upmost respect for Ms. Rowling and her accomplishments and when you review what her life was before her success one will see why she is so charitable. At least the topic caused discussion among Kindle readers. Always healthy to debate. Regards, RJK20
Pre-order! That means the Kindle version has not come out. Correct? 20 buckes for an Ebook? Does the publisher want to swallow the whole world? No way. My dear & kind publisher, have mercy upon yourself!
For myself personally.... I can't afford this & on principal alone I wont pay for it. You are right, @ 9.99.... I would buy it for my Kindle the moment it went on sale. At 19.99.... I think I'll just wait.
Was so excited to see the pre-order for this book! And that it was going to be issued right away as an e-book! Fantastic! My favorite format. But when I got to the book's Amazon page and saw the 19.99 it stopped me dead in my tracks. Bummer. Won't be able to pre-order. Will have to wait and hope the price will come down with time.
Like many others here, I would love to read this book on my kindle right now but I simply will NOT pay the asking price from the publisher (not Amazon's fault). However, Amazon IS guilty of adjusting the book's price. On the product list page, its price is quoted as $24.34. Whereas in the "Best Sellers in Kindle Store", the "Best Sellers in Contemporary Literature & Fiction" and the "Best Sellers in Contemporary Fiction" lists it is quoted as costing only $17.99 - a price you cannot actually purchase it for though (I tried). All the links lead back to the product page and the higher price of $24.34. What's the game, Amazon?
I agree with a lot of the above discussions. Expensive for an e book , and not bring able to lend this book out insane. I have bought many many books and then find out they cannot be lent out. That needs to be in description in kindle books. The convenience of having a ebook is great but the prices are to high for my budget.
As much as I loathed this book and loved HP, I hope she never writes about Harry Potter again, unless she truly feels inspired to do it.
Overpriced CDs led to Napster and such - the publishing industry should take note. When you can get something legally at a decent price, most people aren't going to bother with dodgy sites and potential legal consequences - it's not worth it. (I'm not saying it's right to steal something because it's overpriced, either. I'm just saying that people do.)
Fortunately, 'The Casual Vacancy' is so bad, the price is not likely to inspire people to find a way to illegally download it. Hopefully, those of us who did pay the ridiculous price for this book can warn off the rest of the herd.
This theory that digital copies are much cheaper is a fallacy. As an experienced book editor, I know that the cost in publishing a book is only partially do to paper printing costs. All of the manpower needed to track and edit manuscripts, then create and deliver well-formatted print AND digital files is the main cost of producing a book (not to mention high-profile author fees and marketing costs). If you do not want to buy a book, that is of course totally up to you, but the kindle price is not necessarily a reflection of greed but real costs. Of course, publishers can be greedy like any large business, but overall, e-book costs can be just as expensive as print book costs.
I do believe most people expect an e-book to be cheaper. I willingly pay more for a 'real' book because I am still, and probably will be forever 'attatched' to a book in real paper. The smell, the look the feel, the whole experience is different in a rather romantic way, no matter what kind of story i might read. But i think the true disgruntled of these posts, thought the book too high in price whether an ebook or paper. The publisher seems to be pricing high because of the fame of the author. if she had written this book first, no one would have thought she had any talent!