05-17-2012 08:56 AM
An interesting, surprisingly even-handed article discussing the issue of e-book pricing.
Kind of refreshing to see actual journalism going on; so many articles turn into opinion piece by focusing on one constituency's view of the issues.
05-17-2012 10:05 AM
My biggest problem with all this is the simple fact that I don't own the ebook; I have only paid for permission to read it. Hollywood seems to have read the memo. Renting or streaming a movie and buying it are two different things, with very different prices. And when you buy, you can resell it at a garage sale. Let alone the fact that when you buy, you can get three different copies of most movies in the same box.
05-17-2012 02:25 PM
I feel this article is as flawed as many others. It dismisses marginal costs as irrelevant and compares book pricing to autos and software emphasizing the copyright distinction.
Because e books have a potentionally very long shelf life, with little need to update or make additional development investments they reach a point of nearly pure profit that a manufactured product like autos or a product needing frequent enhancements and a higher level of customer support like the high end software cited rarely reach.
I do not see this article as even handed at all. It ignores the patent and trademark protections other products enjoy and basically defends the basic position authors and publishers advance with the usual weak product comparisons, dismissing consumer value concerns without really addressing them.