Come on Amazon, publisher & author - you cannot charge 1p less than a hardback price for a Kindle edition of the book. Please don't treat your customers like imbeciles as we don't appreciate being ripped off and will not continue to purchase your products.
I 100% agree with Eddie. I bought and use the Kindle because it is convenient and cheap. Like most avid readers I still prefer books over reading my kindle. If I'm going to have to pay the same price for a kindle version as for a book, when production costs are significantly less then I'll cut my losses and go back totally to books.
This has got to be a joke. The kindle version is more expensive than the hardback??? If it's anything like the previous Robin Hobb kindle books, it'll be jam-packed with typo's too (around 1 per page). truly second rate amazon. you should be ashamed.
Seriously thinking of cancelling my pre-order for a Kindle Touch. I don't see why I should pay for the privilege of being ripped off in this way. When I think of the thousands of pounds I've spent with Amazon over the years, it makes my blood boil. Loyalty is only one-way, it seems.
It's outrageous, but it's not Amazon to blame. It's the publishers who are price fixing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/11/apple-accused-fixing-prices-ebooks
There is an antitrust lawsuit, claiming Apple conspired with five publishers - Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster - to adopt the "agency model" of pricing, which lets publishers set the price of ebooks if they give 30% of the revenue to the bookseller. The move was a response to Amazon's practice of selling ebooks for $9.99, and an attempt to "end ebook retailers' freedom to compete on price, take control of pricing from ebook retailers and substantially increase the prices that consumers pay for ebooks.
So it's Harper Collins we should be angry at, not Amazon.
The profit margin on the ebook must be huge since it is higher than the hardback price. Also it is so much higher than the ebook prices for the first two books in the series. So it looks like the publishers think they have readers who want to finish the trilogy over a barrel. Of course I am willing to bet that they are selling very few at this price so their total profit is small - bit of an own goal there then. And they have annoyed us so much that we will be unwilling to buy from that publisher in future. It would be interesting to see the stats for illegal bit torrent downloads of this book too - they might be higher than usual.