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Tue, 27 Mar 2012

Ebooks Cost Too Much

Some time ago I read the dead-tree version of the book Daemon, by Daniel Suarez. A very good book, and one I was glad to see now had a sequel. I was less pleased when I went to the Barnes & Noble website to see how much the ebook would cost (I have a 1st gen nook) - $9.99. Just out of curiosity, I checked the kindle price, and it was the same. I'm sorry, $9.99 is way too much for an ebook. I'm willing to pay more for physical books, but not an ephemeral digital version, even if it's in an open format like epub. I can't be alone - I would buy *many* more ebooks if they were at or below $3.00. It seems to me publishers are losing money by jacking up ebook prices (I've noticed authors selling direct through Amazon or B&N to tend to charge less, it's just the publishers trying to hang on to an obsolete business model). In the end, I picked up an almost-new hardcover for $1.93 on half.com (just under $6.00 with shipping), and I have the physical book.

posted at: 13:51 | path: / | permalink | cost, daemon, ebooks, epub, nook