Thursday, April 12, 2012

If you haven't heard, the Department of Justice is accusing publishers of collusion in ebook pricing. This is going to be interesting to watch unfold and as a Kindle owner, I'm glad they are looking into this.

News links:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2012/04/11/a-ten-dollar-e-book-is-fine-at-twelve-bucks-its-a-vast-conspiracy/

http://betanews.com/2012/04/11/doj-accuses-apple-five-publishers-of-colluding-to-fix-ebook-prices/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/justice-dept-sues-apple-publishers-152606457.html

YIKES!
I wanted to pre-order JKRowling's grown up book The Casual Vacancy, but the Amazon ebook price set by the publisher is  $19.99! The print is $21.00. I'm going to have to pass on the ebook version.

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  1. Recently, I saw an ebook priced higher than the paperback book. I just had to wonder how that could be. I'm glad they're looking into it as well. Seems like an ebook should be no more than half the price of a paperback.

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    1. I agree because the ebooks pubs and Amazon have more control. For example you can't just lend a book to someone like a print book. If the publisher allows it, you can lend one to someone's ereader, but they can only borrow for a limited time. If you buy a paperback you can pass it around as much as you like. With that kind of control the prices should be a lot lower!

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  2. I wrote the above comment reply before finding out about the price for Rowling's ebook. Can't wait to see if the price comes down or she automatically sells a million at this price.

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    1. I don't know how they can justify that pricing for an ebook. If they keep this up, the Nook and the Kindle will go the way of the dodo.

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  3. I hear you! If the prices go that high on all of them then my Kindle will be collecting dust :)

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  4. Like everything else in our industry right now, it just doesn't make sense, do it?

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  5. Hello!
    I spoke with a small publisher on ebook pricing... Said publisher said their hands are kind of tied when at the moment general retailers are insisting their ebook price be no less than 25%lower than the print book.
    For 25% more I'd rather paper...
    It does seem crazy

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    1. Hmmmm, that gives retailers quite a bit of power when they can dictate pricing to the publisher. Wonder when this will all settle down to something we can all be happy with. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Michele.

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  6. I'd just buy the physical book, too. :)

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  7. It's both confusing and frustrating. I like to buy from Amazon, but it definitely makes you wonder . . .

    Thank you for the kind words left on Karen's blog! That was very sweet of you!

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    1. You are welcome, Amy, thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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  8. I've been very curious about this case, too! Wonder what it will do to prices?

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  9. I'm wondering that, too. I'm hoping it gets real competition going and that customers set the tone.

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