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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012 8:47:01 AM PST
R. Paulin says:
What am I missing? The price of Kindle books versus paper is too slim. Does the convenience of Kindle justify the price? There was a bigger price difference even a year ago. I just found a book sold by Amazon $6 cheaper then their ebook which is $13. It is justified because they are different versions. Soon my Kindle will sit in the same drawer as my Palm Pilot.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:48:11 AM PST
KessaJo says:
Well, there you go, problem solved.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 8:50:50 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
the OP is from Canada - Canadian prices are higher for ebooks than the same book for US residents

post a link to the book (copy the url and paste it in a post) and someone will tell you what the US resident pays for it

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:54:33 AM PST
On the product page does it say "Price set by publisher"? If so, Amazon can not discount the price like they can for paper books.

Does the convenience of Kindle justify the price? Yes, it does. If you don't believe so, perhaps the Kindle is not a good fit for you. It's not for everybody.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:55:27 AM PST
KessaJo says:
I still think it should sit in the drawer with their Palm Pilot. Then they will have nothing to complain about. Just sayin...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:56:52 AM PST
Maybe the two will mate and produce a little device of their own...........a Kindlot.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:57:36 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
When I bought my Kindle I figured that it would just be one more option for reading books and that I would just buy what ever was cheapest. And this has been fairly correct but "cheapest" is a relative term. I am finding that the convenience of the Kindle is causing me to not even look at paper books much anymore. Even if the money is less the loss of all of the Kindle advantages makes the paper book worth less to me than the Kindle version. The only exception left is paper books from the library that are not in my digital library system yet. Even then I lose some reading enjoyment wishing I was reading on my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:58:37 AM PST
 Ann says:
"Does the convenience of Kindle justify the price?"

Yes. I don't even bother looking at the prices of printed books anymore. With a few exceptions, I'm only interested in e-books. If the price of a book is more than I'm willing to pay, I find something else to read and/or wait for the price to drop.

And just so you know, many e-books are sold by the publishers, while the paper editions are sold by Amazon. Amazon can discount prices on the products that they sell, but they cannot discount prices on agency-model e-books. Look under the price for the Kindle edition and you will probably see something like "Sold by Harper-Collins. This price was set by the publisher."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 8:59:03 AM PST
KessaJo says:
LOL! That would be cool. =)

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 8:59:41 AM PST
R. Paulin says:
As suggested, here is the link. New paperback 6.90, Mass Market Paperback 13.66, Kindle 13.09. Plus looking into it further, Amazon sells even more versions, they don't list on this page. So what does this book cost in the US?
Gormenghast (Gormenghast series Book 2)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:02:16 AM PST
flipoid says:
Why does the price of the e-book have to be "justified"? Do you ask dairy farmers if the price of one brand of milk is "justified" because it's different than another brand? Or do you ask Ford to "justify" the difference in price between a Fiesta and an Escape SUV?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:03:19 AM PST
 Ann says:
That one is 9.99 in the US, and it's sold by Penguin Publishing.

The new paperpack edition, sold by Amazon, is $15.40 (list price is $15.95). The mass market and bargain-price paperbacks are only available used or from 3rd-party sellers.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 9:03:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012 9:05:02 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
Kindle: $7.20 to those in France
The mass market Paperback at $13.66 is from a third party vendor, not from Amazon
as is the $6.90 New paperback - Amazon charges $15.40 for the new paperback

and another score pricewise for those in France (for once it's cheaper than the US price) and it's not Penguin for me, it's Overlook

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:04:15 AM PST
flipoid says:
For the U.S.:

Print List Price $15.95
Kindle Price $9.99 (set by publisher)
Paperback Price $15.40 (sold by Amazon)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:05:39 AM PST
Kindle Price : 9.99
Paperback : 15.40 (6.90 from other sellers)
Mass Market PB: N/A (13.66 from other sellers)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:07:06 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Thanks so much for sharing.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:09:04 AM PST
R. Paulin says:
A Kindlot, the shape and size of the stylus from the Palm Pilot, (half the price, hopefully) an Ereader with a screen 1 line high that automatically scrolls, you control the speed based on the angle you hold it at.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:12:46 AM PST
>>>Does the convenience of Kindle justify the price?

Speaking for myself, sometimes. And when it doesn't, I don't buy the book(s). YMMV.

Buy what makes sense to you. Whether it's a book or a coffee or a car or a house. Buy what makes sense to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:13:36 AM PST
I've been waiting for my two Kindles to reproduce. No luck yet, but to be honest, I might not be giving them enough alone time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:15:12 AM PST
R. Paulin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:17:34 AM PST
What are you missing? What am I missing? What part of "buy the one that makes sense to you" are you having trouble with?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:21:21 AM PST
>>>If it is the same milk, one in a carton one in a bottle, the price difference should be proportionate the the packaging difference, yes?

No. I'd expect each to be priced at what the seller thinks the market will bear.

>>> We are talking about an Escape that is magically produced much much cheaper then the Fiesta. And as well, they want you to buy a Seat cover for another 90 bucks.

How do you know one costs less to produce than another? As has been said countless times, buy what makes sense to you. My calculus for what makes sense will be different than yours.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:24:38 AM PST
R. Paulin says:
I get what you are saying. My poorly defined point was: Why do they choose to sell the Ebook for so much more profit then the paper books. Obviously they can do as they like. But some times some merchants sell their products for too much. I feel this is the case. At the same time I was wondering if anyone else felt the same. Seems like most feel the price is justified.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:28:12 AM PST
"But some times some merchants sell their products for too much."

Not if people are buying the products at those prices. At the rate e-books are selling, they are not overpriced.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:29:05 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
You are ignoring the advantages of the Kindle over the paper book. To continue the car analogy the Kindle Escape will allow up to 6 passengers to travel (read) at different speeds simultaneously. Try doing that with a paper Escape. In addition you can carry your Kindle garage around with you and drive whatever car you want whenever you want. You can even get a new car in the middle of the night without going to the dealership. If your son is going to college in a different state he can drive all of your cars (and even drive them at the same time you are) so long as he has his own "Seat cover" that is registered to be used on all of your cars. Okay the analogy is breaking down a little becuase at one point I call the Kindle device a garage and then use your seat cover term but I hope you get the point I am trying to make. :-)
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