My wife hates reading which she blames on medical school so does not understand my love of books. Fortunately, the Kindle has been a great peacemaker in our marriage as I do not have to find extra room for the hundreds of books on the Kindle. However, when I object ot the publisher's price on the Kindle version I too resort to buying the hardback or resign myself to a wait till the price drops because either I am too cheap to spend the extra or I am sensible in waiting.
I just wish that the books would be no more than 9.99 as I seem to remember this being the promise when Kindles were first sold.
But if you prefer the Kindle why do you switch to hardcover which usually will still cost just as much if not a little more? Sure, once in a while it may be a buck cheaper. Do you really later re-sell the old hardcovers? Or do you just not buy from Kindle on principle?
I think the publisher's (not Amazon's) pricing scam is frustrating, but I still don't buy hardcovers. That's would just be shooting myself in the foot since I prefer the e-format over the big, bulky hardcovers.
The $9.99 "promise" has been covered extensively here for over a year, since the publishers first established full control over retail pricing. It was never a "promise" or "guarantee" and even if it had been, there's absolutely nothing Amazon can do about it. They were often selling us those titles at a loss and were fine to continue to. But Apple and the publishers changed the model and the publishers have been very clear that they expect a higher profit margin on the e-books because they believe the margin erosion with paper books had become unsustainable. So with sales volume shifting very rapidly toward e-books, they saw it as the last chance to recover a more comfortable margin or risk the long term viability of the business. As consumers we don't have to like or agree with that. But buying the hardcover doesn't change it. Only a LOT of us not buying at all would change that.
I agree about the quality of the books. I've just got a Kindle for the first time and began by downloading some free classics - George Eliot etc. But the content was dreadful - spelling and grammar errors, no paragraphs, no indents etc., just endless pages of run-on text - and this was so irritating that I gave up trying to read them. It's really put me off. Are all Kindle books like this or only the free and cheap ones?
For the most part, I've found the books on Kindle to be formatted correctly--especially the newer releases by major publishers. It's the 'indies' that aren't taking the time to do it correctly. And yes, I agree with you, it's most annoying and it detracts from the enjoyment of reading, when there are an abundance of errors.
Most Kindle books I have read -- probably over 100 total -- have at least a few minor errors and some formatting mistakes. But most are minor and not that distracting. What you are describing sounds far worse. I haven't used much of the free or super cheap material. The electronic content is provided by the publishers. Newer books tend to be formatted from electronic masters but older books are sometimes scanned and converted and are more likely to have mistakes.