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Initial post: 4 Apr 2014 21:43:05 BDT
E A Jones says:
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Posted on 4 Apr 2014 21:48:36 BDT
Walker says:
Funny that, I can download a book for free or pay £6.99 for the paperback version. Swings and roundabouts.

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 22:06:09 BDT
Petercb says:
Buy the paperback then you don't always have to buy the kindle version, have to agree with Walker I've had loads of free or very cheap books - I'll probably never get around to reading them all! It is strange some of the pricing but often down to publishers and not Amazon. In fact they may be different publishers for the digital and paper versions.

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 22:35:07 BDT
I Readalot says:
53p does seem remarkably cheap for a PB must be a very special offer as a publisher will be loosing money at that price, or is it second hand I wonder? I find that nowadays many people expect all books to be really cheap, not possible, publishers have to make a profit, it is a business after all. I have bought plenty of Kindle books for £1.99 or less but then I will also pay full price for a hard back of my favourite authors latest.

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 22:35:13 BDT
Sharon4 says:
Definitely. I'm contemplating Possession: A Romance (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions); it's £3.99 for the download and £6.29 for the paperback.

Or there's this one A Suitable Boy. It's £3.95 to download, as opposed to £10.99. I read it in paperback years ago and loved it, but if it hadn't been so gorgeous, I wouldn't have been able to get past the sheer bulk of the thing.

For me, the value of the Kindle goes well beyond cost. It's about being able to read fat books without my tendons and joints complaining and the ability to read a book at the same time as my OH. I also love the fact that once I've finished with a book, I don't have to make a decision about whether to keep it (that is, let it gather dust on the shelf) or find someone to pass it onto. I just send it to the Cloud and if I want it again, there it is, ready for another download.

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 22:46:08 BDT
BiggKitty says:
Well, I have no complaint with my Kindle over the pricing of downloaded books, I buy on average about 30-40 books a month from latest releases that I can't bear to wait for, on a sliding scale down to freebies. if I don't like a price on a book I keep it on a wish list until the price decreases, and I really don't remember paying more for any of my Kindle books than the same paperback would have cost me, in most cases I find I am paying considerably less.

Posted on 5 Apr 2014 00:23:25 BDT
Little Egret says:
Rex Regis: The Eighth Book of the Imager Portfolio L. E. Modesitt Jr. (7 Jan 2014)
£10.44 Kindle Edition £16.42 HC or reserve it from the library £0.50 and wait 2 months

Posted on 5 Apr 2014 12:22:18 BDT
ScattyMe says:
as people can now swap in their (Kindle, not sure) books maybe that is why the paperback was so cheap

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014 16:04:59 BDT
CBRetriever says:
and don't forget the shipping on the paperbook - I find that those that offer the cheapest paperbacks usually charge the most for shipping

Posted on 5 Apr 2014 17:12:12 BDT
Bookie says:
Gallowglass (Douglas Brodie 4)

I preordered in February, for Kindle: 85p.

Published on Thursday, Kindle £2.39. P/b £6.39.

I've loads of similar examples.
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