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Mar. 9th, 2009

What's up with Kindle book prices? Some are priced really well but most seem WAY overpriced. Sometimes even more than the print version! WTF? I want an e-reader but I'm not gettin one until the book prices are reasonable.

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crankyasanoldma
Mar. 9th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
You save if you're buying new releases, but otherwise not so much.
jamespolk
Mar. 10th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
So far I've never run into a book that is more expensive than the print version.

So far I haven't yet paid more than $9.99 for a book currently available only in hardcover and $5.99 for a book in paperback. And generally less than that.

But I haven't scoured the listings in a while so if their pricing structure has been changing I wouldn't necessarily have noticed unless I got (un)lucky with a book I was looking at.

That said, the cheap prices are mostly a subsidy from Amazon, most of the publishers don't see why they should give up the money people are already paying (and claim that an ebook isn't really all that much cheaper for them than a paper book).
kamdrimar
Mar. 10th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Don't bother with a Kindle anyway. I've got an iPod touch with Stanza on it, and it's a hell of a lot nicer than a bulky "proper" eReader. It's something I always have around, because I listen to music and play games on it, too, so I've no longer got the problem of having to figure out how best to lug a book along with me everywhere I go.

If iPods aren't your thing, you might want to look into an Android-based device. They probably have decent eReader software by now. Some people have complained of eye-strain, but I've never run into that problem. Might be because I invert the colors. (White text on black background is a LOT easier on the eyes when on a backlit screen.)

As for Kindle prices, welcome to ebook sales in general. :/ I was thrilled when I realized the iPod Touch I'd just gotten for music and games was also the eReader I'd been waiting for, but holy _shit_ the book publishers are going about things all wrong. There's no standard format or (more importantly, formatting; caveat emptor, that ebook you buy may look like a bloody mess in any eReader but the one it was designed for!) most of the sellers encumber the books with DRM, and yeah, these tiny digital files are being sold for more than the print versions, despite costing significantly less to produce. It's bullshit, and I honestly suggest you go The Pirate Bay route until these idiots reform their business practices.
jamespolk
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
For me it is all about the e-Ink. I simply can not stand reading a light emitting screen for long periods of time (regardless of screen size).
kamdrimar
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Have you tried inverting the colors? I tend to get eye-strain reading stuff on bright backgrounds over long periods, but I have no trouble at all with stuff on dark backgrounds.
jamespolk
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Yes, when reading long text on a computer monitor I generally highlight the text to reverse it.

That helps but still sucks in the long run.

But yeah, if the size and screen don't bother then the argument for a Kindle mostly goes away.
kamdrimar
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Yeah. Mainly it's a choice between what one considers most convenient. For me, the Kindle is too big for convenience, as I can't fit it in my pocket. It's also yet another device to lug around. If one has trouble with text on a lit screen in general, though, I can see the Kindle making more sense.
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zyzzyva23
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
+1. Stanza kicks ass, and I'd much rather buy from Fictionwise than Amazon, due to their open formats (which conveniently tackles your standard format question).

Have you tried the Kindle app yet? I suppose that's the best of both worlds, if you have a Kindle too. Apparently it automatically synchs everything so that you open a book to the same page regardless of what device you were last reading it on.

A few libraries are starting starting to have ebook collections, usually with some DRM that makes the books unviewable after a week or two. I wish there was more, though. Right now the SFPL only has some reference material and gov't docs.
hitsnarfle
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
...those who wait...
How could I ever buy an e-book when they never get remaindered?

Also: same cost to the publisher my RIAAss!
zyzzyva23
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
The thing that bugs me most is the price of the Kindle itself. $360 for a device that'll let me buy books at full price? No thanks! They should either give $300 in coupons or take a cue from the cell phones and offer it for $99 with magazine/newspaper subscriptions. For now I'll stick to the reader on my iPhone which works just fine, thank you very much.
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