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Why are Kindle editions more than print editions?,
This review is from: Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (Kindle Edition)Just a short review to point out that Amazon themselves are selling the book for £12.19 but the Kindle edition for £15.99.
If everyone thinks this review is pointless, give it zero stars and I'll delete it.
If however you share my incredulity that an electronic version, with a near-zero marginal cost of production, costs more than the real thing then please vote five stars.
And please go and make similar reviews elsewhere on the site.
Let's get a movement going on Amazon to stop profiteering from the Kindle and sell electronic version at a more serious price.
To reflect the purpose of this contribution, I will make no comment on the book as I have been put off buying it by the pricing and therefore have no opinion to give.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2010 22:01:58 GMT
Well I for one found this review pointless (the second such review for this book). If you have a problem with pricing you are free to decide not to buy. Posting a review of a book you haven't even read does a disservice to both author and reader and cetainly doesn't help me in deciding whether to buy. I can work out if a book is too expensive all by myself and have brain enough to make the decision as to whether to purchase without the assistance of an adolescent.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2011 20:04:02 BDT
While I would actually be happy to abuse the Amazon star system in order to raise the profile of format price variations, it seems quite pointless to do this when it has no longer has anything to do with Amazon (or any retailer)!
It seems some people are unaware that Amazon, and indeed all retailers, have been forced to move from a retail pricing model to an "agency pricing" model for digital books. In retail pricing, books would be bought like any other physical good (e.g. paper books) from the vendor, which in this case are the publishers, and then since the retailer owns the book now they can set any price they like. This has obviously given big retailers a lot of pricing power over both customers and publishers. However, with an agency model for digital books, it is the publisher that sets one price for all. It is impossible for Amazon to vary this price and must find other ways to encourage people to buy from Amazon (better technology, friendly efficient service, etc).
So, the problem is the individual publishers and not retailers.
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