Costs: Paperback vs eBook

Does anyone else think that an eBook version of a book (Kindle or otherwise) should NEVER cost more than the paperback of said book?!?!?  I won't mention which book, but I can buy the paperback for $7.63 but the Kindle version is $9.99. WHY?

Amazon's claim is that "This price was set by the publisher".  In my opinion all this will do is hurt the author(s) by possibly turning buyers off of buying the book at all, which in this particular case is what happened to me.

While I love the convenience of owning a Kindle, I still prefer the old fashion "treeware" versions of books.  I would rather go to a brick and mortar store to buy a paperback by one of my favorite authors, rather than pay the extra money for the eBook or pay the S&H to Amazon (or other online retailer) for the paperback.  At least that way, I feel like I'm really supporting my favorite authors.


  1. guestford_junkie6/05/2011 1:39 PM

    I agree! I don't know how they can justify that. Unless it's thier first ebook release and they are trying to recoup the initial investment?

  2. I'm not sure, but I think the Kindle price of books was always either free or 9.99 when the kindle store started. It seems like that's the Kindle price unless you specify otherwise. I remember seeing Kindle books that were less than 100 pages long and still cost 9.99. Something's fishy there, to be sure.


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