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Ebook pricing debate

February 15th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

I was just catching up on my email and read in a Shelf Awareness newsletter a couple points of views about ebook pricing.  One of the comments was that pricing ebooks lower than the printed version was a great way to kill the hard copy book for sure.  I totally disagree with this statement.  While I have a Kindle and love it I still buy at least one book in printed version a week.  Yes, the Kindle is great for my commute but I still like holding an actual book and reading.  Especially if I borrow books from the library.  It’s easier to just go in and pick up my request then trying to navigate their convoluted search page only to find they don’t have any ebooks I want.

I do kind of like the idea of if you buy a printed version of a book you can get the ebook version for just a couple dollars more.  This works for me as I could read the Kindle version while commuting and then switch to the printed version when I get home and not worry about dropping it in the bath tub or anything.

I really do hope most publishers don’t try to sell ebooks at the same or higher price than the printed version.  I think ebooks is really an untapped market as the technology grows to make it more comfortable to read ebooks and they will be missing out on a lot of sales by driving the price too high.

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  1. J. Kaye

    I’d planned on getting the Kindle 2.0. I was sure they fix the PDF issues. I was wrong. It’s a matter of time before I get an eReader, but I am all for eBooks. It’s saves room, trees, etc. ;)

  2. dsuzuki

    From what I saw I wasn’t too impressed with the improvements over the original Kindle. I like the size of the buttons changed but I never had a real problem with the speed of page turns or the size of the Kindle and don’t need my Kindle to read to me. So I’m satisfied with the original.

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