Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kindle Books Costing more than Hard Copies?

We've got a bit of a drive to take this weekend, so I thought I'd surprise my son with a new book on his Kindle. He's reading chapter books now, and so excited about it. He's totally into the Fly Guy series, so I pulled those up first.

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The Kindle version of the book I wanted: $5.98

The hard cover version: $6.29

Just a few cents difference.  I was surprised.

I ordered the hard copy to come in the mail. 

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And then found an e-version of a Pete the Cat book for the car. $2.26 

I wonder how such a big change in the way we're reading affects authors.  
Does the low price and lack of production fees with an e-version book even out the playing field...allowing significantly more people to purchase them and hence writers to still make a profit?

Will the cost of e-books rise to be so much higher than tangible books that we switch back at some point, to paper (for those that have switched)?  

It'll be interesting to watch and see.  As for me, I still prefer a hard copy, but I'm old school about lots of things (I'm proud of that).  ;)

#SheSaysAsSheMakesaKindlePurhcase :-o

35 comments:

  1. You've dipped your toe into a very large pool.... the kindle vs hard copy book discussion. Most writers follow blogs, read magazines, or just research the internet for information on how this is proceeding. I am by NO MEANS an expert. I will say that just about everything that I have read indicates the e-book is here to stay. People who self-publish... well, e-books give them the chance to reach a broader audience and since they aren't paying anything to a publishing house, they can sell for a lower price. The pub houses are still navigating these e-book waters. I think that in time fewer and fewer hard copies will be printed every year, though I never see them going away entirely. I fear that most of our local bookstores will be put of business (and even the big chains) because Amazon and Goodreads will dominate the market. Ironically, I think a small selection of hard copy books will remain available in places like Walmart and Target and even smaller venues like Walgreens (and others).

    Once the publishing houses feel like they have a "grip" on e-books, I would expect some changes. I think that the price of those e-books may very well come down. And even the big publishing houses still "promo" their books through sites like Pixel of Ink (and others) for short periods of time.

    I have taken the long way around to say that I don't think the price of e-books will rise to the point that they become obsolete and paper becomes the main source of book reading again. I think the e-book trend will continue and improve as time goes on.

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  2. I don't know about anyone else, but I still want my hard copy. I don't have, nor do I want a kindle.

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  3. I was so not going to read e-books in the beginning, but now being a mom with two small kids, it truly is so much more convenient then going to a book store to buy an actual book. So, I will say at this point, e-books are what I read mostly. But not sure about what will happen int he future, but just the way it is now I suppose :)

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  4. Molly refuses anything but paperbacks of her favorite books. I think I'm getting more into ebooks than before because that's the format authors send them to me in to review. I also get a lot of free ones by subscribing to email lists that update you on the freebies. I do think that as ebooks become more and more popular, the prices are going to reflect that since the authors need to make money.

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  5. Hubby has a Kindle, but I don't. He reads both Kindle and hardcover. I just love holding the book. I love the smell of a good book.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  6. I'm really old school because I enjoy actually going to a bookstore (if I can find one). I also like actually holding a book when I read. I do have a Kindle and love pressing a few buttons and having the book in my hand instantly. I agree that the cost of Kindle books is WAY too high!

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  7. As much as technology advances - I am one of the last that will be holding out for paperback books! I love them and think they are great for not only adults, but also for kids! *not everyone can afford kindles/tablets/nooks... but everyone can get a FREE LIBRARY CARD :)

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  8. I do have a Kindle, and have used it. Often I read spiritual and self help books and I have to have that hard copy in hand so I can add my little markers and go back to those good parts. I guess you can do that with the Kindle, but it's still not the same to me.

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  9. That kind of crazy. Chris has a Kindle and uses it A LOT, but a lot of the books he downloads are free. Every now and then he pays for a book, though.

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  10. I still like the physical book too! I like to be able to turn the pages, stick a bookmark in them, etc. I haven't had experience with e-readers though, so maybe there are aspects I'd like about that too... :-)

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  11. I am a hard copy book reader all the way. I am on the computer too much as it is so I appreciate the feel of a real book. Prices are definitely going up!

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  12. I am a hard copy dinosaur myself. And hope they never disappear.

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  13. I have Kobo and it is my biggest treasure ever! The idea of carrying thousands of books in your purse without worrying about the weight is so awesome! :)

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  14. Kindle takes up way less room and weighs less. But hard copy is better to read I think. It is just ridiculous some of the price points on them, the more successful one is the more they raise the price.

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  15. You make a good point.
    I've noticed the rise too and I think if they have a lucrative market with the e-books they'll definitely take advantage of it.
    But indeed, people will always go to the cheaper version.

    Should be interesting to see though.

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  16. I definitely like both. I will always be fond of have a tangible book to hold in my hands, but I must admit that I really enjoy having my Kindle on hand for those times when I am in line at the grocery store. :) Most of my Kindle books were either free or for a super great price or I simply had to have it NOW. :) Now that there aren't as many book stores in my town, I have made the eBook leap a little more often.

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  17. That's a very interesting question. I prefer printed versions, so I hope they never go out of production.

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  18. Hi Rosey .. I still prefer hard-coy books, but I've probably bought a larger range as I have bought e-books too and rather a lot of them.

    As you say - it is interesting to see where we are being taken .. and how and where authors promote their books ... cheers Hilary

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  19. I am a die-hard book reader. Touching, smelling, reading the black blurb and leafing through the pages is a pleasure that can't be experienced digitally!

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  20. I prefer actual books too. We do read some free books digitally but I haven't bought any yet. It feels like cheating, somehow. Lol!

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  21. I used to read only paper books, I swore I would never convert to e-books, but after getting a Kindle for Christmas one year, I had to give it a go. Since then I have been stuck on e-books. I think the ease of carrying it around helps a lot. I have over 1000 books on my tablet and I always have it with me. It is also so very easy to get new books. As soon as I am finished one, I can get another within seconds. I purchased a new one last night at midnight. Living in Trinidad as well, specific books are not available so I have no choice but to turn to the e-book version. E-books are just convenient for me. That's not to say that I have given up totally on paper backs. Whatever is available to me, I'd make work. I don't have a preference of either. As for the costs...because I live in Trinidad, the prices are much higher than the US. I could pay upward of $15 US for one paperback. The hard cover version will go for double the price. The prices on Amazon are always cheaper so it works out for me. I've heard others complain about the prices of E-books but for me no matter what it costs on Amazon, it's still a better deal that buying it here. For instance, the book I bought yesterday costs $8 US...that's about $56 dollars here. The same book in our book store costs $90 dollars. Do you see the deal I get? Amazon will always work for me.

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    1. I'd take the Amazon route too, especially if it was for school books or something like that. I rented a text for school on my Kindle recently. I thought that was weird at first, but it ended up being convenient, and it was a lot cheaper.

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  22. I like the kindle because the text can be changed to any size and the weight is a lot less than holding a real book. Picture books could be an issue since I only have the black & white kindle, but I don't have kids so that is not an issue for me right now as I don't read picture books. I use our library's rental service to download kindle books.

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  23. I have a kindle and I don't read on it. When I want to read, I want to curl up and actually flip a page. On the upside, I'm glad my paperbacks are getting cheaper.

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  24. I think the author should be getting the same royalty since there is no production/printing costs, but I suspect they get the same royalty rate which would mean significantly less for them.

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  25. I think the authors get the same amount the publishing companies make the money. I personally prefer ebooks mainly for the storage. Not having a pile of books to store makes life a lot easier when you're pushed for space. I also like that I can go away and take lots of books.

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  26. While I like different things about each of the formats, I do still prefer a hard copy of a book. I like being able to loan it out if I want, or resell it. I also like that I don't have to charge my paper copy when the battery runs low. And, I have also noticed how expensive ebooks are becoming. I never thought they would costs as much as a hard copy!

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  27. There's something about holding a book in your hands...I don't know we have all the tech in our house but I still prefer a book!

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  28. That's crazy that they cost more! Our school has talked about going with digital books, but not all companies carry the same materials, some are not even digital, and some let you keep them, while others do not. There are just too many questions to have it go through a college. Art books are not always text books, which make them harder to come by.

    I make my Illustration students listen to pod casts where Illustrators are interviewed. I give them worksheets, and grade them. It forces them to do it, but now I'm having copy issues. They are coping each other's worksheets. I can tell because the people that sit right by each other have too similar of answers. I busted a few groups last time. I gave them a zero, and they had to listen to another to take notes on to get their points back.

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    1. I got a digital book for a class I'm in at UNL right now. I don't like it. It's too hard to find something I know I saw but want to see again. With a tangible book, you know approximately where in the book you saw it and it's easier to find.

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  29. I understand that both are the authors work, but Ebooks don't give you anything solid. Like you I'd rather have something solid in my hands for the money!

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  30. I read a lot more ebooks than hard copies, because I do most of my reading while I'm waiting somewhere, or after my husband's in bed (the kindle doesn't bother him like the lamp does). However, for Elliott, I rarely buy him ebooks. Occasionally he will get one for the kindle, and he has around a dozen on the storia app on my tablet and computer. But he pretty much only reads them if we are out somewhere. At home he always reads old school books, though. We buy most of them through scholastic, and you simply can't beat those prices anywhere else.

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  31. Wow! That is incredibly hard to believe! I've realized that I'm somewhat oldschool - I like having a hard copy in my hands!

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  32. I checked on a Kindle book the other day and imagine my surprise when I saw that the hardcover was LESS than the kindle version! I was completely shocked. Ebook prices are on the rise big time. I just can't understand this reasoning but I keep buying them anyway. I look for a LOT of freebies!

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  33. I definitely prefer a hard copy book or magazine when I am reading. I have downloaded a bunch of eBooks and have read them on the laptop and the tablet since that was the only format available. I think that the eBook format will eventually replace most publishing and hard copy books and magazines reserved for when the publication includes something physical for the customer like 1:1 stencil ro printing for a project.

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