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4.0 out of 5 stars Shameful Kindle pricing - Revised in the face of revised pricing., 5 April 2011
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This review is from: It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels (Kindle Edition)
I am, in fact more than happy to revisit this review, I noticed the other day that the price has come down to a sensible (below a paper copy) cost and so I bought the kindle edition.

The book not only tells the story of one man's search for and constructiion his dream bike but also the story of so many of the component manufacturers which he sought for the parts to make up the dream bike and it is a heart warming story of excellence through passion, just about all of the people he bought from are great examples of thriving cottage industries - even when the cottage in question is Campagnolo's vast factory - all of which seem to be as keen on making sure the rider is buying the right thing as they are on making a sale. To paraphrase the founder of one company says 'We want to make things of iron and steel and make a fair and honest profit doing so'. If only more manufacturers (and publishers) operated on the same principle. The historical background to the evolution of the various components is nicely done as is the personal history of Mr Penn's cycling life which has informed each of his choices.

A truly enjoyable book with only one real flaw - a lack of photo captions. It is usually obvious by context who the photos are of but a little background on some of the posters and ads would have been very welcome.

Initial review: (I'll be happy to revisit this review once someone revisits the reasoning behind charging more for a cheaper to produce format, that it is more than the hardback is one thing when a hardback edition is all that exists but to charge more than a hardback when both hardback and paperback are available is deplorable. For shame.)
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2011 08:34:32 BDT
Horace Wimp says:
This is supposed to be a review of the book not of Kindle...i bet the author is well pleased with your 1 start for his book

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2011 04:11:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2011 04:15:53 BDT
N. Shep says:
My review was of the publisher's pricing decision, not the Kindle. They changed the price and so I changed the review.

The author was not pleased with my review, he complained that 'people like me' are ruining the Amazon review system. I rather think it's people like his publisher who are ruining Amazon and that anyone cretinous enough to not buy a book based purely on a star rating rather than actually reading the reviews is probably not going to buy a book on making a dream bicycle anyway. Pricing like this is the reason that people look for pirated books, that will do a lot more to harm sales than a single review on the arrogant price structure of a huge publisher.

Maybe I'm wrong and thousands of units will now be shifted by my change from 1 to 4 stars. I don't really think that will be the case though, do you?

I also note, Mr Dean, that you have not only posted no review of the book yourself but have posted an identical comment, complete with spelling error, on another review that dares to criticise the price. I wonder if you happen to work in the publishing industry?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 23:16:39 BDT
Joe Mcnally says:
I agree that Kindle pricing on some books seems senseless. Publishers will come round eventually as more and more credible authors choose self-publishing. In fact, in my opinion, conventional publishers will almost certainly go out of business within the next 10 years.
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