Sorry, much as I love Harry Potter and happily have the entire collection on my Kindle, I think it's a little nervy for J.K. Rowling to actually believe her first attempt at adult fiction is worthy of the $19.99 price tag for an e-book! It will be interesting to watch the reviews in September.
I honestly thought it was a misprint. I too love Harry Potter and have the entire collection, but am a little fearful of a book that, by the discreption, differs so much from what she is used to writting.
Get over it people, she's moving on. Were you honestly expecting this to be Harry Potter 8? She's said time and time again that this will be book geared towards adults with black humor. I'm thrilled for it and the $20 price tag doesn't concern me too much, she's J.K. Rowling, remember? She can charge whatever the hell she wants for it and no matter what the price tag is, it will sell millions.
I believe we will see a lower price on this due to the recent Lawsuit against Apple and several publishers including the publisher of this book. Looks like the publishers will no longer be able to set the price of ebooks. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-us-charges-apple-with-ebook-pricefixing-20120411,0,6511936.story
Publishers do set the price. Clearly, they think the power of Rowling's name alone will cause people to snap this up. However, I won't at that price. Especially since the synopsis doesn't sound like something that I'd normally pick up - I only would because I'd hope and expect that Rowling would make what sounds like a run-of-the-mill mystery or psychological thriller (I guess) much better in execution. If this was a hardback price, I would understand it.
20 bucks for an ebook is insane. That will basically cause people to download it illegally. I will pay reasonable prices for ebooks and support authors, but greedy publishers? That's only 2 dollars less than the print version, which involves physical materials and middle men! (which, 21 dollars is still overpriced for a print version these days). These publishers have to accept that times have changed. They either adapt, or die. 10 dollars should be the MAX for an ebook, EVER.
This is a sure-fire bestseller and Little-Brown Publishers will of course set the price at whatever the market will bear. This is certainly in line with their other big name publications. Blue Diamond, you are encouraging illegal activities. Intellectual property is still property. An author, composer or performer has the right to whatever profit they can make from their skills and talents. If we consumers feel things cost too much, we have an alternative: don't order it. Breaking the law is not an appropriate response.
JK Rowling or not she has over inflated her worth. Its really a slap in the face to her loyal readers. She is taking advantage of them and I agree we should NOT rush to buy it if no one does the price will come down! I love Janet Evanovich but will not pay $13.99 for her ebooks when then are released. They do come down in price!
NOT all publishers set the price. That is why amazon, BN and walmart etc can sell books at a percent off list price! That is why there is a LAWSUIT for price fixing against the "big 5 " publishers. They threatened amazon that they would not allow them to sell their physical books unless they could price fix their ebooks! ONe word, GREED.
Is there anyone else out there that's less upset about the price and more upset with the books description? After all the magic Rowling brought us this seems mind numbingly dull. I'm not nearly concerned with the price because by the description so far I have no desire to read it!