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Initial post: Apr 23, 2012, 10:17:38 PM PDT
Susan says:
I can buy "The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", (1968), for .50 ebooks want $17.00. I am going back to borrowing and buying second hand books.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012, 10:18:48 PM PDT
GnomeEd says:

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 10:20:01 PM PDT
@Susan: That is your decision, of course. Where can you buy a new copy of that book for that price?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 10:23:38 PM PDT
Actually, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is $10.99.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 10:25:21 PM PDT
Actually, I read it. Save your money.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 10:25:59 PM PDT
I read it way way back when it was a cult book. LOL.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012, 10:30:30 PM PDT
blah blah blah blahblah

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 10:34:29 PM PDT
Me, too, in college. A hundred years ago...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 10:37:11 PM PDT
Artist says:
Good for you! It's great that we have choices, isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 11:04:39 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and it's $7.71 for me

maybe Susan is in Australia or Canada or somewhere else that has higher prices normally?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 11:17:24 PM PDT
That could be.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 11:19:53 PM PDT
I can find it for Australians from $9 to about $17. Not 50 cents. I think that the OP was probably looking at second-hand prices. I notice that she has not come back here.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 11:27:25 PM PDT
I believe so. There is a used Mass Market Paperback edition listed for 25 cents. But it's probably not in very good shape.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012, 11:51:14 PM PDT
The DVF is alive and well and in this thread, I see. :>)

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 12:02:31 AM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
I used to pay .65 - .75 for paperbacks when I was a kid. And guess what -- gas was much cheaper then, too.

SOME ebooks are too pricey for my pocketbook, but many are not. Here are the last 10 books that I've bought from Amazon for my Kindle and how much they cost me:

My Spiritual Journey by the XIV Dalai Lama, 1.99

Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall, 1.99 (Daily Deal -- now around 8 bucks)

Greenwitch by Susan Cooper, 5.99

SHAKEN: Stories for Japan by I.J. Parker and others, 3.99 (money goes for Japanese humanitarian organizations for earthquake relief)

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper, 5.99

Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark Is Rising Sequence) by Susan Cooper, 5.99

Amelia Peabody Omnibus (Books 1-4) by Elizabeth Peters, 1.31 (a freakishly low price; now it is unavailable in the U.S.)

Akitada and the Way of Justice (Akitada Stories) by I.J. Parker, 5.99

The Giver (Newbery Medal Book) by Lois Lowrey, .25 (now four dollars & something -- it was a price match)

Van Gogh's Room at Arles by Stanley Elkin, 1.99 (on sale; now it's 9.99)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 12:07:18 AM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
I made it about halfway through it ages ago because I thought it was one of those books I should read. I wasn't a fan.

I wouldn't spend 17.50 on it, either, but there aren't many books that I'd spend 17.50 on. I don't see the news value in the OP's post. There are plenty of things I just don't buy in life -- not only books -- because I have other things I'd rather (or need to) spend my money on instead. (Actually, since I didn't like the book, I probably wouldn't even pick it up if it were .99, to be honest -- it's all a matter of what value the purchaser is willing to put on the book!)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 12:08:14 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and you used to have to wait until the paperbacks came out to be able to afford to buy them

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 12:09:45 AM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
Yep! :-) Funny how that works . . .

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 1:05:33 AM PDT
Artist says:
Yea, people used to wait a year for the paperback to be released, or if they had to have it now, they paid the price at the bookstore (high) or waited for it to be delivered from Amazon (less expensive). I don't remember ever spending less than $14 for a new hardback book and it was usually more than that! The fact that people whine because they *think* it should cost less is a puzzle, that's for sure.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 1:08:26 AM PDT
loquacious says:
This seems as good a place as any to share my experience. The UPS man delivered The Sisters Grimm: Book Nine: The Council of Mirrors (Sisters Grimm, The) today with the receipt stating I was charged $7.97. The ebook has never been listed below $10. The bonus is after I finish the hardcover, I can give the entire series away to a child or library. I moved to ebooks to save a couple of $s on the books I would read once and not have the clutter. Now, more and more, I find myself going back to hardcovers.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 1:55:54 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
The HB appears to me to be $10.72 from amazon (other sellers did have it cheaper) plus shipping and I don't even see a kindle version, so that example doesn't work

How about this one:

The Price of Spring: Book Four of The Long Price Quartet

$5.10 for the kindle and $349.58 for the cheapest HB available (not from amazon) and no, I didn't misplace a decimal place

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 2:32:13 AM PDT
Zen and the Art of.... can be had in 'Paper' form for $1 per copy at They're just about the best..
Price and quality selections and they deliver.. Well, not as fast as an e-book....
Not affiliated but have used them a lot. Awaiting my KFire and will see if it saves me anything besides shelf space...

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 2:35:00 AM PDT
Zen and the Art of . . . can be had for $1 in Paperback form, all the copies you want from
Only a plug as I've used them too much and running out of shelf space. They're a great used bookseller. Awaiting my KFire and want to see if it saves me anything besides shelfspace....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 2:47:31 AM PDT
Wonderful. Good-bye.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 3:42:44 AM PDT
loriltx says:
Isn't it wonderful that you have the choice?
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