January 2, 2013

What Do You Think #8

This has kind of been on hiatus since December was a crazy month with the Extravaganza going on.  But now it is back and ready for your thoughts and opinions!

Today's Question:

How much do you think is too much to pay for an e-book?  

My Personal Reply:

I have pretty strong feelings about this one.  Since I am not holding the physical book in my hands, since there was no money going into paper or ink or shipping, I think e-books should cost much less than physical copies.  

What do YOU think?  Agree?  Disagree?   


  1. Completely agree. Hate when I see boxed sets in e-books that are more than the physical copy. What the....?

  2. Eh. Books aren't that expensive to physically produce- especially paperbacks cost extremely little to make. The price of books mainly covers paying the people who made it- the author, editors, the tons of people who work in the publishing house, the booksellers, cover designers, whatever. And all of them do the same amount of work and still need to get paid whether the final product is a book-book or an e-book.

  3. bermudaonion(Kathy)January 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I think they should be less as well. When I buy a physical book, I can share it with others or even sell it if I want to. I can't do that with an ebook.

  4. I definitely think they should cost less than regular books. And most of the time they do! I like $9.99 or under as a price.

  5. I agree, and I personally won't pay more than $4 for an eBook. Especially when I can get the physical book at the library for free.

  6. Totally agree with you!! Ebooks should absolutely cost less than physical books.

  7. Interesting, Kirsten. I never really thought of it that way. I still think they should be cheaper since we have less ownership of the product, but I do see your point that it covers salaries as well.

  8. I agree! I think it's ridiculous to pay print book cost for an e-book.

  9. Oh! and another thing: I'm twitter friends with an executive of a small publishing house, and according to him, it's MORE expensive for his company to release e-books than physical books, probably partly due to Amazon (or whatever ebook company you go through) taking a pretty significant chunk of revenue per sale.

    Now granted, they're a very small company, and they specialize in translating and releasing Japanese books in English, so they have to work through another publisher (the original Japanese ones), which probably puts a lot of restrictions on them which most publishers don't have to deal with.


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