As many of you may or may not know, I read both print and digital. I tend to buy fiction and nonfiction books in digital form now and my academic stuff in paper. Basically, if it is for fun, I try to get an ebook.
I have noticed that some publishers have decided that some ebooks should cost more than the paper edition, which for me is a load of hooey. What happens if I cannot find a digital book at a reasonable price you may ask? I either borrow it from the library or buy it used, which means the author and the publisher have both lost out on a sale.
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Surely, I cannot be alone. I have decided to post once a month the books I would have bought but I had deemed the prices for the digital editions ridiculous.
I was really interested in Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. Smith's story set in 1950's Russia looked really good, BUT the mass market is about 8$ and the ebook? 12 dollars. Twelve dollars for a book that has been out since 2008? Nope. I don't think so. So, I continued shopping and purchased books further down on my wishlist (which is ever growing) and have decided to look for a used copy of this book.
The Kindle edition for this puppy is--are you sitting down?--17.99$. Yup. You can get a lovely paperback edition for 10.88$ brand new, but to get a digital copy of a popular history book that was released in 2003, you have to shell out more money. I am reading this book right now, but borrowed the book from my local library, which is what I have recommended to people in my reading group who wish to read this book.
When I worked in retail, we would refer to a customer leaving due to lack of an item or an item being "over priced" as a lost sale.
If you have decided not to buy an ebook because of cost, feel free to email me and I will include you in my posting (even anonymously if you prefer).