Are Kindle books cheaper than normal books?
matt101101 / MOD
Jul. 23, 2012 at 12:33
Sometimes, sometimes not. Depends on the book, and where you buy "normal" books from, really.
JanSt / MOD
Jul. 23, 2012 at 14:02
And there's a reason that is often ignored!
Publishers cannot make a living from paperbacks. They are popular but not cost-efficient.
Now with 'real' books they can milk 'early adopters' (to borrow a tech-term): in the case of books: hardcover editions. They are artificially over-priced, That way they make some money that paperbacks lose.
Problem with ebooks is obvious: there is no hardback ebook. An ebook is an ebook is an ebook. That is one reason why ebooks are not significantly cheaper. No hardback editions, no leather-bound collectors editions etc etc... Well, that, and greed
Jul. 23, 2012 at 14:20
Isn't all that offset by the fact that eBooks don't need to be printed and distributed?
JanSt / MOD
Jul. 23, 2012 at 14:30
Isn't all that offset by the fact that eBooks don't need to be printed and distributed?Absolutely... hahaha And don't forget: 90+ % of printed books get pulped as unsold...
Thus my last point: greed.
It'd be cool if they used the extra profits to compensate printers etc etc....they don't..
Jul. 23, 2012 at 16:04
JanSt / MOD
Jul. 23, 2012 at 16:17
Yes! We return about 90% of books ordered through wholesale. Many get pulped right away. Others get sold on to budget shops - you know the type. They then dump another large chunk.
Not to mention: the majority of books that are bought by end consumers are never actually read, and end up on landfills come that house move or redecoration.... It's an incredible wasteful industry! 5-10 % of products subsidise the 90+ % of shelf-filler!
There is a genuine problem for ebook vendors... however: publishers are nuts, too!
Katie Jordan Price made £30 million + for books that were ghostwritten for her! While goood authors with good books get dumped.
The Harry Potter publishers almost went broke when the last installment came out.
They had a sure as sh*t super bestseller, and what did they do: spent record amounts on advertising! What the heck for? Why waste advertising on something kids queue for at midnight on launch day?
I don't mind paying a tenner for a kindle book. But I do f*cking care that they are DRM-ed, when we've gone through the whole DRM-thing with music... And not just DRM, nope... dozens of formats! ePub's not = ePub... It's ridiculous! Their greed is killing them!
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