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Initial post: 4 Jan 2014 09:08:13 GMT
L. Barham says:
When chart best sellers are 2 for £6 at Asda is it not too much to ask that prices for ebooks are lowered to reflect the fact that they are cheaper to retail in electronic form than standard books?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 09:11:35 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Why should they be? I buy e-books because I prefer the format. I don't want to have loads of paperbacks which I then need to dispose of one way or another. Have you ever seen a free paperback?

If price is your main concern then choose the cheapest format you can find but if convenience and ease of use are important to you - as they are to me - buy e-books.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 10:35:39 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Do you know if Asda are making any money on the sale and if so, how much? It's not unusual for Supermarkets to sell some items at a loss just to get people in through the door.

I don't like paper books. They're often heavy and awkward to carry around. They need two hands to hold and turn the page, impossible if you're "strap hanging". If I'm travelling and only have room for one book I'm stuck if I'm not enjoying it. They take up a lot of space when you read up to 5 books per week. They need shelving, dusting or storing. The font size in many is too small for comfort, for me. Moving house with them is a nightmare.

No, I'll stick with ebooks thank you.

Incidentally, the last 10 ebooks I purchased cost me a total of £30.47, an average of just over £3 per book, pretty much what you say you'd pay in Asda. The books aren't sold by Asda, however, and to purchase them elsewhere would have cost me £61.90.

What you pay for things (anywhere) is often more an indication of what people are willing to pay than the cost of producing/retailing.

A typical Mass Market Paperback (such as you'd buy in Asda) may cost less than 70p per copy to print and distribute. Any "Best Sellers" list will have a certain number of books that are there simply because they're cheap. It's not an indication of either quality or entertainment value. There are many Best Sellers I wouldn't read even as gifts.

If you want the lowest possible cost for ebook reading, get yourself a tablet and borrow your ebooks from the public library.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 10:43:52 GMT
Conversely, paper book prices are far too low.

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 11:18:38 GMT
CarolW says:
Can't believe anyone is complaining over the price of ebooks! I've just had a buying frenzy of price-dropped books, all at 99p, - many of them from my wish list. I'm perfectly content!

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 11:26:25 GMT
flowergirl says:
trouble is so many of the free and low priced e-books are rubbish and are priced that way for a reason- I totally agree with the original poster.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 11:32:39 GMT
CarolW says:
Yes, I agree many cheap and free books are rubbish, but on the other hand many are brilliant, and massively reduced.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 11:59:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2014 12:10:06 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Many of the free ebooks are classics of literature. Many of the expensive "Best Sellers" aren't. Some of the Daily Deals are 99p instead of the usual £7 or £8. Like any book, you can't judge it by it's cover or it's price. I never assume that something that costs a lot of money will be better than something less expensive. It is often the case but it's certainly not a guarantee.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 12:03:26 GMT
CBRetriever says:
yep, this book, however much it costs,

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

is not worth more than

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I can't see the prices on these, but I'm presuming the first one is about 5X as much as the second and I absolutely can't stand the author of the first one

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 12:12:47 GMT
Denis Powell says:
The former is £6.99, the latter 99p.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 12:18:28 GMT
CBRetriever says:

thus price is not a factor in quality

and being that I live in France where books cannot be discounted anywhere more than 5%, there are no cheap tables of books anywhere

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 13:04:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2014 13:05:51 GMT
few words says:
This topic comes up time and again and as always you are not compelled to buy e-books. Sometimes they are cheaper sometimes dearer you makes your choice and either wait for an e-price drop or buy the paper version. Actualy if price is an issue then the library is the best option (if you have one).

I always think of the convenience especially when taking all those books on holiday or a long trip. I can take hundreds on my Kindle but more than one on a flight means having to leave something else out of the case or pay excess luggage charge.

I have not bought a paper book for years since having my Kindle and I dont feel that I have paid to much for any book and if I do pay more for an e-book then I have factored in the transportability factor.

Its seems that e-readers are a bit like marmite either love em or hate em.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 16:30:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2014 16:31:37 GMT
Princess says:
I've just bought 4 kindle books for under £6.00, 3 of which were from well known authors, so I'm very happy! The money I save on most of my books means that even if I buy some latest releases, I'm still quids in.

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 20:31:28 GMT
pixie says:
I've read about a site where a book can be borrowed from one kindle owner to another for 14 days.
Has anyone tried it or signed up for it?

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 22:22:50 GMT
ChrisJ says:
You cant lend books in the UK, only in USA.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 09:25:19 GMT
pixie says:
Thanks Chris...I was listening to radio 4 and there is a publisher in the UK that is looking into ebook lending...I came in half way through and didn't catch the name. I think the programme was on Womans hour. The person being interviewed suggested that this is the way to go.

Posted on 5 Jan 2014 18:33:38 GMT
ChrisJ says:
In which case, I will amend my post to say: "You can't lend Amazon books in the UK".
I am sure that someone will find a way out of making money in lending books, and then lending will be a big thing again.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 18:54:57 GMT
pixie says:
Be great!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 18:59:20 GMT
CBRetriever says:
it and other country other than the US

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 15:45:33 GMT
Tom says:
Yes - eBooks have VAT but not the cost of paper, transport and book retailer's profit. So a big reduction here.
Take novels on horseracing many authors/publishers don't drop the price even although the books are 5+ years old.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2015 16:45:50 GMT
ChrisJ says:
But those costs are about 20p to 50p per book.
And electronic books DO have many other costs... computers and programmes and support and backups and help desks and storage and on-line security and management of peoples accounts all cost LOTS of money.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2015 16:46:24 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Ebooks may not have the cost of paper but they certainly have others and most definitely the retailer wants to make a profit on the sale of an ebook.

A typical mass market paperback can cost less than 50p to print, warehouse and distribute. An ebook needs all the IT infrastructure and it's maintenance with associated costs.

Having said that, none of it matters. Do you own a house or a car? When you come to sell it how will you set a price? Will you ask the most you think someone will pay for it? Publishers and retailers do the same. They're in business to make money.

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 18:05:42 GMT
few words says:
If you dont like the price of e-books don't buy them just get the ones on offer or free. My Knidle has saved me a fortune in books over the years.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2015 20:35:18 GMT
Berzelius says:
Well, as Rush is Rush Limbaugh and the second is Neil Gaiman I can only applaud your reasoning. :)

Posted on 14 Mar 2015 11:05:07 GMT
Tom says:
Yes ebooks have others costs but they are not astronomical compared to paper versions.

And let us look at a rough example of an email to postage....
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