I suggest you try checking on the relative costs of producing an e-book compared with a paper book. You'll find they're virtually the same. The cost of printing and distributing a mass market paperback is less than 50p - very little more for a hardback. Proof reading, editing and conversion to the correct format are the same for any edition. E-books costs server time - not always cheap whatever you think. Then there is VAT on e-books and there isn't on paper books. Amazon can charge what they like for paper books - e-book prices are often set by the publisher and cannot be altered by Amazon.
What I don't understand is if it is anti-competitive to set the price of a paper back book in the UK, why is it not anti-competitive for the publisher to set the price of an e-book. I don't mind paying the same price for my Kindle book as for a paperback/hardback, but I will not buy this book for my kindle because of the price difference.
£11.99 is too expensive for a kindle book. I've noticed that the kindle price never comes down even when the paperback version comes out. I'll wait and buy second-hand paying 1p + postage as my protest to greedy publishers. I can then pass the book on. after all one can't share a kindle book.
Erm let's not forget the government demand 20% VAT on eBooks over `real' books so take 20% off the price for a start. So minus £2.40 by my count then consider you don't have to travel to get it = fuel costs and it saves space in your home!
"Book Lover" over at the 1* review that others are getting upset with says the following: "I work in publishing and I can maybe give a little insight in to the pricing of the ebook...Ebooks are often priced at a higher rate to direct customers in to buying the hard copies initially, as the production costs for those hard copies need to be payed for. I'm sure the ebook price will be reduced in a few months. The alternative is to release the ebook a few months later after the costs have been covered, which is what a lot of non-fiction publishers choose to do, but with the immediate demand for fiction i'm sure there would be masses of complaints if the ebook wasn't released at the same time. It might not cost very much to produce an electronic version of a book but it sure does cost a lot of money to commission, edit, proof read, design, print and market. It's a pretty common procedure!"
This sounds like a compelling argument as far as the publishers are concerned, but presumably this partly means they are printing too many hardback copies of the book, and are also not thinking about how people perceive the difference in purchase price.
If the Kindle version was listed at the same price as the hard back then even after VAT (at whatever rate Amazon or the publisher pay - is it 3%, is it 20%?) presumably they would cover the non-printing related costs as they would sell a lot more. In having the price look so different to the buyer (regardless of the VAT rates involved) causes a lot of people to stop and think about whether to buy, rather than just getting on and buying it and enjoying the book.
I think a time has come when they should be a standardised form of charging with regards to Kindle books. As price variation is unbelievable. Usually you can get the book cheaper (either new or second-hand), than the kindle price, yet still Amazon won't go about standardising prices. I can understand the second-hand book market being discounted, but surely when the paper version is cheaper than the kindle version, then I have got to question the 'greed' by Amazon. Another bug-bear is that when the book comes out in hardback the price is reflected (as here but at a higher price), then when the paperback version comes out the price falls. I can understand publishers, authors, wanting to make money, but surely the book will be the same whether it is hard or soft backed! I think it is maybe therefore time to as I say standardised prices. I know that books come out earlier in hardback and they are more expensive to make (and send-out), but a digital book does not need to be sent through the post it can be WI-FI transferred. I think it is time for Amazon to have a serious re-think when it does things like this (I mean how much profit are they going to make from this one book alone, it doesn't really bare thinking about. Sorry about the rant, but ever since I got my kindle that has been a constant 'bug-bear' of mine.
The cost of the US Kindle version is more than the UK version even before any US sales tax is added. The hardback costs quite a bit more than the UK edition.
Not really much of an advantage is it? Perhaps most of the complainers would go away if Amazon raised the price of the hardback to, say, £12.99. Then the e-book would be cheaper and everyone would be happy.
I don't have a problem with the hardbacks being expensive. They must be expensive to produce. The electronic copy, however, costs them absolutely nothing at all to produce. Each sale is 100% profit. There is no reason why the electronic version shouldn't be a few quid- it would still produce massive profits for them.