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why are all the Kindle versions so expensive?


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Initial post: 20 Jan 2011 22:35:16 GMT
Having purchased all of Mr Connellys books in Hardback I would just like to re read them on my kindle but as they appear to be priced above the current paperback price I won't be uploading them. Surely they should be at the £1 mark and we would repay for them?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 22:48:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2011 22:49:19 GMT
Calum says:
Like you I have purchased all Michael Connelly's books and would happily read them all again on my kindle if I could purchase a 'box set' in the kindle format. I would do the same for many other authors, not just Michael Connelly if something like this was made available.

Posted on 1 Mar 2011 21:11:32 GMT
When the price of books was negotiated with the publishing houses when amazon first started they really screwed them down for a rock bottom price, at that time nobody saw the possibility of electronic books, it was not even thought about. So Amazon did not secure the digital rights for any of their books. now the publishing houses are getting their own back and inflating the cost of Kindle - and other digital mediums - to try and get more money from you and I, it is not Amazon, it is the publishers who want more money for the digital versions. thats why most of the top 100 are from authors you never heard of before - they are cheap!!

Posted on 15 May 2011 00:09:52 BDT
elgordo says:
And the goverment charge VAT on kindle books so that is 20%

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 23:01:59 GMT
The Shoe says:
I refuse to purchase any Kindle books that are more than £4.00, including Michael Connolly who is one of my favourite authors. Every single Kindle book I have bought, regardless of the author (well known, well-respected) has had a crazy amount of typos, spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and even missing words. They don't get proof read properly, so how can they justify pricing the books above the price of a hardback, which requires extra cost for production?

Just greedy - have a word with your publishers/PR team Mr Connolly!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 00:53:55 GMT
Gilly says:
My local library has just started an e-book lending service. I haven't really looked into it yet, as the kindle format isn't included although it may be in the future. In the meantime it may well be more economical to buy a cheap reader (Asda's is around £60 ) in order to use this service.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012 13:36:15 GMT
Arcticangel. says:
When I first bought my kindle I started by uploading only free books, which I found to have many typos and errors. I assumed that this was why they were free. Having gone on to purchase books for which I have paid, I find that they are just as bad! When we are already paying over the odds for these e-books, how can this be justified? It really annoys me to find that who ever proof read these books did such a poor job!

Posted on 29 Apr 2012 14:26:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2012 14:30:12 BDT
Solario says:
Greed. It now seems endemic in our world.
I bought a Kindle set of Michael Connelly short stories and enjoyed them. Bosch is a great character.
As a result I have paid £4.99 for two more of Mr Connelly's books. Now I find even the early novels are all priced at £4.99.
The publisher and Mr Connelly MUST have made a good return on these early books. They are available used for pennies.
To scan a book with an OCR then put it into a Kindle Edition must take very little time and could be done very cheaply by someone with minimum training. Further, no one seems to proof read the result before selling it to us.
This can only be greed. New to Connelly readers are sure to feel sour about his motives. He will surely be richer than 99% of his customers so why charge so much for old material?
I believe it fair and reasonable to charge the new book price for new material but not for older books, where mobile phones have yet to hit the streets.
It is only a matter of time before prices are forced down by competetion or legislation. Sadly, rogue operators copying and distributing the work may get there first and that harms everyone - ultimately.
So, publishers and authors, be fair - £3.00 I think would be the figure. I look forward to it.

Posted on 22 Jul 2012 20:40:49 BDT
Q says:
They are priced high because people pay it.

I spend my working life with a screen - so when I am relaxing I like paper. I can't see that changing, so cheap paper copies subsidised by Kindle lovers works for me.

Posted on 14 Oct 2013 02:00:33 BDT
John Ståhle says:
Greed. It has always been endemic in our world.
If the publishers don't change their price policy and have their e-books proof read, rogue operators copying and distributing the work will get there first - the market works like that.

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 16:08:52 GMT
E. R. Durham says:
Thanks for the warnings, I shall takethem onboard. E R Durham

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 11:22:22 GMT
jay says:
Why does VAT apply to an electronic book? Government greed and another sly tax that we are increasingly subject to. The answer is not to buy electronic media. If this was done the sales would reduce and changes would be made. Books were cheap when Kindle first appeared but as they have increased it is now seen as an easy revenue stream.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 16:40:05 BDT
elkiedee says:
A lot but not all of Michael Connelly's books are available just now for £1.49
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