Yesterday an article in the New York Times stated
that two eBooks were priced higher than the hard covers. These, mind
you, are not the bargain bin books, but brand new titles “Fall of
Giants” by Ken Follett, published by Dutton (Penguin Group USA), last
week. On Amazon.com, the price for the e-book was an astounding $19.99;
the hardcover edition was $19.39. Also “Don’t Blink,”
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, published by Little, Brown &
Company, cots $14.99 for the e-book. Amazon priced the hardcover at
Absolutely no reason for this at all! Price eBooks appropriately, unless you are a bestselling author your book should be 5.00 or less! 19.99 for an ebook, yeah right! I'm going to B&N and get my 20% off.
I think it defeats the purpose of buying a Kindle ,if you end up paying the same price of a Hardcover. Although I am not surprised Amazon allowed that to happen. They still have to make their money selling books in print as well.
Just like the music industry, it's not that they won't make money, they just won't make "as much". Insisting on selling a product you want to sell, not one that the customer wants to buy, is a recipe for disaster.
The convenience of an ebook is valuable. Especially when you can download on the go and read a book right away. I would pay a fortune for a book I was dying to read if I could read it asap! That being said, most new releases are closer to 13 bucks at BN, which is a discount over new release hardcovers.
ebook prices are ridiculously high, especially considering you can't sell them on ebay once you are done reading them, you can't donate them to the library, you can't share them with a friend, and there was no cost to make them.
You can also get books on sale, but not ebooks. It's a shame.
I'm waiting to have the guts to talk about it on my site (but I'm a coward, haven't done it yet). I'm afraid of retaliation by ebook haters :)
I agree. I love lending books and having them lent to me. It's interesting - I just uploaded my novel to Barnes and Nobles, and they had a note in their agreement that said that someone who purchased my book for their Nook would be able to loan my book to somone else. They can only loan my book to one person at a time, and only for 14 days. This seems like a nice compromise between BN and buyers. I wonder if Amazon will follow suit.