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A Plea To Kindle And E-Reader Owners Everywhere

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Initial post: Jan 27, 2011, 11:48:54 AM PST
Overhed says:
Please, please, please... do NOT buy a physical copy of a book when the price on the Kindle version is priced too high. This seems to be exactly what the publishers want! The only way e-book prices are going to come down is by hurting the publishers where it hurts: their pockets, and buying a physical version of the book is not going to do the trick.

There are alternate means of acquiring e-books without getting taken advantage of by the publishers!

Posted on Jan 27, 2011, 12:35:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2011, 12:50:09 PM PST
SteveRRRR says:
Write the publisher. I'd almost adjusted to $12.99, but I will NOT pay more for a Kindle edition than for the hardcover. Here's what I've been sending. I have yet to get a response.

"Are you folks looking at the posts regarding E Book prices on Amazon and other sites? Consumers are furious. I know that you've figured out that enough people are willing to pay high prices for the convenience of an E Book, but how can you justify charging more for the Kindle Edition of a new book than Amazon is charging for the hardcover? No transportation cost, no warehousing, virtually no production costs. I'm sure you've heard it all before!

I was seldom been willing to pay $12.99 for a book on Kindle but I will never pay $14.99. I'll wait my turn at the library, thank you! How about doing away with the huge discounts on Hardcover and that reduce the price by 40-50%, and let the people who want to pay for paper do so at full price. Maybe that way you could afford to sell E Books at a FAIR price.

Thanks for listening, if you're listening."

Posted on Jan 27, 2011, 9:37:10 PM PST
JR White says:
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Posted on Feb 7, 2011, 5:01:56 PM PST
Oh this is just ridiculous. You are so concerned and jealous at takeoff because you have a Kindle and they have an actual book? Really? And you're scared of dropping it in the pool or sitting on the beach with it? This is too much. So, do you have a cell phone or do you use smoke signals to communicate with others? Ok, sorry it just cracks me up. I have a Kindle and I love it. Do I still go to the local Borders and buy books...yes I do. If I see a good deal on a book in B&N or Target (especially hardcover) will I buy it?...yes I will. Just becuase I have a Kindle doesn't mean I still don't love actual books. It's easier to carry my Kindle and have all my books at my disposal. What happens to your hardcover book when you drop it in the pool? It gets wet and must dry out for days and the book never looks the same again, right? I just was waiting over a year for a new book and guess what I bought the hardcover and I downloaded it to my Kindle. I just had to have this book in my house library. It does save paper, it doesn't take long to charge and at least it's a rechargable battery. I can carry all 350+ books at one time (can't do that with regular books). Prices, my Kindle prices beat alot of the book prices out there. Also, stores don't offer free books. I can read a chapter for free in my bed, in my pajamas and not sitting with my latte at B&N. I love the discussion threads, reviews and community associated with Amazon. I get lots of ideas for great books and I get to discuss issues like this one with you. Sorry I joked about what you said earlier, but honestly just be careful. I have an Ipad, laptop, mini netbook, Kindle, Iphone and I can read my books on all of them. I try not to drop any of those devices in water. If you're scared about being on a raft then read your book and leave the Kindle inside.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2011, 5:03:17 PM PST
Sorry, although I will not purchase a kindle version of a book that costs more than the soft cover or in some cases, a few dollars less than the hardcover. I retain my right to pick and choose the format I will read my books in. I like my kindle, but I love my books. To me, Kindle is just another avenue to fulfill my reading pleasure. Kindle means instant gratification at anytime and is opening up a new world of authors that I had not read before. I have an extensive hardcover library that I will never give up, and owning the Kindle allows me to pick and choose only what I want to add to it and lessens the amount of paperbacks I own. That is a plus, but having said that, I will continue to purchase paper back version of a novel that is over $9.99 and a hardcover version if it is within $5.00 of the Kindle version. Especially if it is authors I truly like. I also have an audible subscription, so my options are open.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011, 8:47:13 AM PST
I can read only ebooks because I have arthritis in my hands so badly that it is difficult to hold a book for very long. Thus I had actually stopped reading several years ago because it was so painful. When Kindle came out I was so excited to be able to participate in my all time most favorite pastime. I was also pretty happy that new books were $9.99 as I'm on a fixed income. Today as I am looking thru the new books coming out I was astonished to find books where the Kindle edition cost MORE than the hardback. I pretty much drew the line at $9.99 tho very occasionally I'd spend the $12.99. But $16.99!!! NEVER! How expensive could it be to get a book ready to upload to customers and every penny after that is pure profit. How in the world can publishers even defend charging that kind of money when basically there are no resources involved. What with the economy getting worse (social security folks haven't gotten a raise in 3 years!)and prices going up I am very distressed to think I may have to stop reading again.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2011, 11:48:59 AM PST
S. Kessler says:
Either this was meant as satire, or this person is simply too illiterate to deserve to have a kindle. Or a paper book. Um, you ever try dropping a paper book in the pool? It, too, won't be readable.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011, 4:09:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2011, 8:19:29 PM PST
Sherryl says:
I live outside the US. Kindle ebook prices is very reasonable to me because I can get the book instantly and cost much less when I have to buy the hardcover. With the added shipping fee, one hardcover will cost me $40 or more.

By advocating piracy, you're a scum who wants to hurt the authors whom we rely on for our entertainment. They are not rock stars who makes millions of money out their work. They need every support that they can get so that they'll be able to continue writing books we like to read.

If you don't agree with the price, wait for it to go down. Or get the book in your local library. Don't be a dick.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011, 4:38:46 PM PST
B. Kamath says:
Greedy / Non-adaptive publishers are what hurt authors, not just piracy.

Digital media will allow so many more authors to get their work out there without having to sign terrible contracts with publishers. There are multiple authors that I have only started buying (many) books from after reading free editions of some of their work. Piracy isn't much different, and in most cases I don't agree that it hurts the author.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011, 5:06:28 PM PST
Sherryl says:
Ebook readers are reasonably well off. If you have the money to buy the latest ipad, smartphone and other things you "must have", then have the gall to pirate ebooks. Then your just being a douche bag.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2011, 8:23:00 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011, 9:19:44 PM PDT
james says:
Connie you have replied to me in the pasr and are a knowledgeable person and we agree that price is one factor but we have many, I find myself reading a lot of new authors with kindle who have books at reasonable prices, after suffering my injuries while in the military I started listening to audiobooks and like them more and more as I can still do other simple tasks while still not missing a word, I am listening to Patterson's Toys as I type this, I love the annual platinum which is 24 audiobooks for $229.00)works out to just over $9.50 per), plus they have sales where members can buy very good cheap books. They have a win-win sale right now with over 300 titles for $4.95 until March 22, I am on my second annual platinum subscription since joining just after Christmas when I got my ipad and have 102 books in my audio library, plus over 300 audiobooks on cd(that is expensive as 7 books cost me as much as 24 from audible and had to change a disc every hour) but only got into mp3 downloads after the ipad, my loss!!

Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 9:39:45 PM PDT
What kills me is paying the $12.99 for a kindle book then several weeks later seeing the book listing for $7 or $9.99 on the kindle. I've been tracking what I spend on books and it's really upsetting to see the differing (lower) prices - I've purchased over 300 books already - the 9.99 was great and even the 12.99 is liveable - but lower prices after purchase really hurts !

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2011, 7:52:16 AM PDT
Eoghan Rua says:
wait, the price will come down when the book goes to paper back. plenty of books to read till then.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2011, 9:54:31 AM PDT
ap1224 says:
Found 2 books I wanted for my Kindle....I will go to the library instead. Two additional lost sales for the publisher and the author. Oh well. FYI...I will not pay more than $10. for an ebook and never more than charged for a paperback. My momma taught me better than that! I

Posted on Mar 21, 2011, 11:06:09 AM PDT
I have never watched prices go down, only up. Even books that have been out for a long time and are already in paperback form have gone up. I refuse to pay more for an e-book. End of story.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011, 12:51:49 PM PDT
Annie says:
Walmart discounts pocketbooks for $5.95 and then on Amazon they are $8.99.
What's with that?????

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Posted on Mar 24, 2011, 11:54:34 AM PDT
A. Boleyn says:
I can no longer hold a book due to an arm injury so Kindle is now the only way for me. I do not see myself buying books for my Kindle if they cost more than 10.00. I will just have to pass on any of the overpriced books coming out lately. Maybe if we all stick together change may happen, maybe?

Posted on Mar 24, 2011, 8:04:57 PM PDT
As an economist I would take issue with those who argue that you should buy the ebook if the physical book is close in price as this "hurts" the publisher. It is actually exactly the opposite. Printing and distributing a physical book costs much more than selling an ebook. If you buy the kindle version the publisher makes much more profit. If instead buyers boycott the kindle version and buy the physical version (and tell Amazon and the publishers that they are doing so) the publishers might realise how short sighted, not to mention greedy, they are being.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011, 4:54:19 PM PDT
Hi, James.
Yes, I truly love our choices now. I have just finished a good read by James Rollins, hardcover,picked up @ Borders for only $7.99, am now reading a new author found @ Kindle store for same price and listening to yet another new author from audible. I will continue to only purchase Kindle versions when they are less than the paper ones and believe in time, the publishers will see the error of their ways. After all, without us readers, they are nothing. We just need to stand by our convictions and eventually they will have to get with it or lose it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011, 7:37:12 PM PDT
EZ writer says:
Check out -Netflix for paperback books.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011, 11:49:46 PM PDT
Why not go on the free Amazon digital book list. I do and have downloaded 3/4 of my books free. And yes I have paid for others. I think the most is 9.99 that I have paid. But obviously I don't do it too much. LOL Some of the books I have paid for have not been as good as the free ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011, 11:18:49 AM PDT
Bobbye says:
I have no idea where your assumption that "Ebook readers are reasonably well off" came from. I don't have any of those other "things you "must have"" because I don't need them and cannot afford them.

I don't pirate anything and don't appreciate the language you use to describe readers you know nothing about.

I got the Kindle, because, like some other readers, I am physically challenged when it comes to holding a multi-page hardback edition.

Stop making all-inclusive judgements when you have no idea what you're talking about.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011, 3:10:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011, 3:13:11 PM PDT
I have nearly 500 books on my Kindle, but I don't read that fast. And since I can only read so many books at a time, if a book is listed at a price I'm unwilling to pay. I stick it in a price watch ( and wait for it to drop to a more palatable one. Because I know it will eventually.

I don't buy physical copies of most books anymore. (Only reference type books or books that aren't in eFormat). It defeats the purpose of shelling out for an eReader (two actually) in the first place.
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