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(Reuters)   A class action lawsuit has been kindled over Amazon and its e-book pricing   (reuters.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Digital rights management, class-action lawsuit, E-book, firm Hagens Berman, prices of ebooks, Amazon.com Inc, Amazon.com, largest U.S. publishers  
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2021-01-15 9:59:27 AM  
Amazon sells books?
 
2021-01-15 11:09:49 AM  

foo monkey: Amazon sells books?


Not according to my royalty sheet ...
 
2021-01-15 11:14:02 AM  
I love reading on my kindle (white paper).  But, sometimes I'll shop for one and the kindle edition is $14, while the hardback is $16.    I really have an issue paying over $10 for a kindle edition.
 
2021-01-15 11:15:04 AM  
Huh. This is different than the Amazon e-book "returns" screwing over authors.
 
2021-01-15 11:18:35 AM  

stuhayes2010: I love reading on my kindle (white paper).  But, sometimes I'll shop for one and the kindle edition is $14, while the hardback is $16.    I really have an issue paying over $10 for a kindle edition.


That book's not going to control-c, control-v itself.
 
2021-01-15 11:19:57 AM  
E-books and audio books always seem overpriced to me. The fact that in many cases as well you don't even actually own the book and it can be removed from your collection is a deal breaker.
 
2021-01-15 11:41:06 AM  
Here's how to avoid high ebook prices on Amazon:
Step 1: Log onto your local library's website.
Step 2; Get a library card. It's free.
Step 3: Borrow the book you would have bought on Amazon
Step 4: Read the book
Step 5: Repeat

You can now borrow almost any ebook that you would otherwise purchase through amazon and it can be delivered directly to your kindle through most local libraries. The only drawback is that for a very popular book there might be a waitlist. But hey, it's free! Well, you already paid for it through taxes anyways.
 
2021-01-15 1:07:02 PM  

GRCooper: foo monkey: Amazon sells books?

Not according to my royalty sheet ...


That's "our royalty sheet", your royalness.
 
2021-01-15 1:29:42 PM  
You hear all of the preaching about the glories of capitalism.  This is an example.  Companies really don't like capitalism and unbridled, unregulated capitalism often results in monopolistic practices.  True capitalism leads to too many uncertainties that large corporations do not like. Thus we need regulated capitalism.
 
2021-01-15 2:32:47 PM  
I just pay the $80 for Kindle Unlimited. I read about 50 books a year, so it works out. Sure, some of them are trash but it something to read. Words in a row.
 
2021-01-15 4:37:44 PM  

stuhayes2010: I love reading on my kindle (white paper).  But, sometimes I'll shop for one and the kindle edition is $14, while the hardback is $16.    I really have an issue paying over $10 for a kindle edition.


Printing a book is cheap. It has always been cheap. I can understand a $2 surcharge for a printed copy.
 
2021-01-15 4:42:31 PM  

Russ1642: stuhayes2010: I love reading on my kindle (white paper).  But, sometimes I'll shop for one and the kindle edition is $14, while the hardback is $16.    I really have an issue paying over $10 for a kindle edition.

Printing a book is cheap. It has always been cheap. I can understand a $2 surcharge for a printed copy.


I can order Amazon copies of my print books for $4-5 or so at "author price" so it probably costs half that to print; so you're probably in the ballpark.
 
2021-01-15 6:30:32 PM  

foo monkey: Amazon sells books?


I had been putting it off for years but the declining quality of my main book store (the famed Powells in Portland, OR) finally had me flip to Amazon. Since November I've bought about 50 books to fill in gaps in series and stuff that Powells just wouldn't carry. If Powells knows it's remotely popular then they won't carry the mass-distribution dimension version, they'll only carry other sizes to milk you for a few extra dollars. It's been an emancipating experience.
 
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