eBook Pricing…

From Dan Gillmor on Salon:

When America’s book publishers wrested control of e-book prices from Amazon earlier this year, I expected two results. First, prices would go up. Second, I’d buy fewer new Kindle books. I got that part right.

What I didn’t expect, however, was that publishers would be so incredibly foolish as to start raising e-book prices to the point that they were close to, and in a few casesĀ above, the hardcover prices. Here’s a non-literary term for this policy: nuts.

I’ve been keeping loose track of this trend for months, and had noticed that some hardcover books were getting close to the Kindle prices. Then the barrier fell, as the New York TimesĀ reported this week, when at least two books actually were more costly to read on Kindle devices than the actual physical book.

For us Aussies, kindle titles still make good buying compared to print :-)

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