padma norbu wrote:I would certainly pay $3.99 (or less) for an e-reader version of any book I buy since I only buy books used from Amazon and their shipping is $3.99 minimum... or from Strand and other used book stores. Once I started reading a lot, the idea of paying $15 - $30 for a single book seemed frigging preposterous to me. In fact, as of late, I started going to the library once I realized the quality of books NYC libraries carry.
Well that's just it -- the ebook editions are usually only marginally less expensive than the printed editions. Clearly the cost is not in the actual printing and binding, but all the overhead fees and so on. Authors of academic works often get paid beans. Royalty checks for $21. You put more money into a work than you ever get back.
Clearly the system is rigged.
If they instituted a model where books costs under $5 for digital versions, they might actually make more money rather than paying lawyers to combat piracy.