The pre-order price for the paperback of The Likeness is $10.20. It will be released on May 26, 2009. You can't buy it right now. The current hardcover edition is $17.13, or $2.86 more expensive that the Kindle edition. That said, the Kindle price is a little on the high side, but still cheaper than the hardcover, and more than the magic $9.99 price point.I came across Tana French's "The Likeness" and was considering a purchase until I saw that the Kindle edition was priced at a shocking $14.27. What was so ridiculous was the $10.20 paperback version costs $4 less.
I agree, indie shrimp that I am. In my case, setting the price was MY decision. I first thought, "Hey, half the price of the paperback." But then I realized, "There's no paper, no printing, no shipping...what is it but electrons and ideas, after all? OK, a quarter the cost of the paperback." Then, Amazon cut that 20%, and there we are: a bargain book. I'm happy, but then I ain't no giant literary-industrial complex either. Those folks are no longer the big kahoona. Increasingly, readers are. As a reader myself, that's just fine with me.Nix Cadavre said:Now, in this case I will point out that the publishers are being JERKS
Of course the free market is working this out--of course. Consumer protest is a natural part of that. I don't find it silly at all, any more than a labor-management dispute is silly. It's the natural order of things.Forster said:I haven't quite figured out why some people get so upset about this. Amazon, the publishers and whoever are doing nothing illegal and are free to price their product at whatever they want. Just as the consumers can choose to buy or not. Prices will sort themselves out via market forces eventually.
Consumers are certainly entitled to their little protests but I find it all a bit silly.
Pretty much.L.Canton said:Honestly, I can't say I'm especially surprised that this happened. Having said that, people need to realize that Amazon and every other company in existence, are going to charge what they feel the market will bear.
Very good point. I agree.MikeD said:Actually, I think the "boycott" is counter productive. Here we are trying to get publishers to adopt this new technology and give us greater choices and we're going to threaten not to buy?
That just doesn't make sense to me.