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      • 225. Re: Ebook Prices
        bklvr896

        I understand everyone's frustration about the prices, they frustrate me also. But many folks only think about the cost of producing the book whether in HC, paperback or ebook form as the basis for the pricing of the book.


        But isn't the primary value of the book the content of the book, rather than the format?    Do you buy a book in paper format regardless of the story/author simply because it is a HC book?  Is that the main factor in your decision making?  I purchase a book to read, and regardless of the format, if it's not something I want to read, I'm not going to buy it.  If it is something I want to read, then I will decided if it is worth the price of the HC or can I want for the paperback. (In the pre-nook days)

         

        It just seems as though folks are placing more value on the format of the book rather than the content.

        • 226. Re: Ebook Prices

           

          bklvr896 wrote:

          I understand everyone's frustration about the prices, they frustrate me also. But many folks only think about the cost of producing the book whether in HC, paperback or ebook form as the basis for the pricing of the book.


          But isn't the primary value of the book the content of the book, rather than the format?    Do you buy a book in paper format regardless of the story/author simply because it is a HC book?  Is that the main factor in your decision making?  I purchase a book to read, and regardless of the format, if it's not something I want to read, I'm not going to buy it.  If it is something I want to read, then I will decided if it is worth the price of the HC or can I want for the paperback. (In the pre-nook days)

           

          It just seems as though folks are placing more value on the format of the book rather than the content.

           

           

          YES, this is exactly what I keep thinking!

           

          After all, what is the difference between a painting of Elvis on black velvet and a Monet?  They are both paintings after all!

          • 227. Re: Ebook Prices
            Alanakat

            I'm confused. I saw an e-book price that costs more than the book in mass market paper back. Why would that be?

            • 228. Re: Ebook Prices
              geertm

              Alanakat wrote:

              I'm confused. I saw an e-book price that costs more than the book in mass market paper back. Why would that be?


               

              If the book is sold by one of the agency 5 publishers (in the e-book overview "sold by: publisher name" instead of "sold by: B&N") than B&N is not allowed to discount the e-book, but they are allowed to discount the paperback version of the book. This is often the reason that the e-book version of a book is more expensive than the paperback (or hardback) version.

               

              Take a look at this article by Inkmesk, which shows that B&N prices are almost as good as those of Amazon.

              http://inkmesh.com/blog/2010/08/21/how-does-amazon-bn-and-sony-stack-up-on-ebook-prices-post-agency-model/

               

              • 229. Re: ebook Prices - They Just don't get it !
                M_Boo

                Just what does it cost to make a paper book??? What is the markup to us? (of course depending on the place we choose to buy them) What does each license cost the "stores" where we choose to buy them?

                 

                Makes sense to me that the markup should be the same percentage.

                 

                When is COSTCO going to offer e-books to its members????

                • 230. Re: ebook Prices - They Just don't get it !
                  Doug_Pardee

                  M_Boo wrote:

                   

                  Makes sense to me that the markup should be the same percentage.

                  Makes sense to book buyers, but not to book producers. It's not about how much it costs the producer, it's about how much the buyers will pay. Unless the buyers won't pay enough to cover the costs, in which case the e-book doesn't get produced.

                   

                  The big publishers are multinational conglomerates. They're in business to make as much money as possible, not to be nice guys about pricing.

                   

                  If you don't like the price of an e-book, don't buy it. There are plenty more that don't cost a lot.

                   

                  • 231. Re: ebook Prices - They Just don't get it !

                     


                    M_Boo wrote:

                    Just what does it cost to make a paper book??? What is the markup to us? (of course depending on the place we choose to buy them) What does each license cost the "stores" where we choose to buy them?

                     

                    Makes sense to me that the markup should be the same percentage.

                     

                    When is COSTCO going to offer e-books to its members????


                    Several years ago Baen books printed a detailed schedule of the costs associated with a book. It included printing costs, distribution costs, returns cost, author payment, and a plethora of other associated costs.

                     

                     

                    That schedule is no longer posted on their webpage. However, this answer to a questoin regarding a short run of a paperback provides some insight to publishing costs.

                     

                    This answer was given to a request to reprint even a few copies of =End Run= which is out of print


                    The problem is, we can sell maybe a thousand a year while we need to print 15,000 to justify printing at all because a large part of the printing cost is "set-up." Thus if set-up is the same for printing a thousand at, say $4500, while actual printing costs are fifty cents per unit, the actual cost per unit in the first case is a five thousand dollars for a thousand units, or a prohibitive $5 per unit, whereas in the second case the cost is twelve thousand dollars for 15,000 units, or eighty cents per unit.

                     

                    If I sell books for six bucks that cost me five bucks just to manufacture I'll go broke pretty fast. I get maybe two bucks per book to pay for everything except distribution — the bookstore's profit, authors royalty, manufacturing, cover art, rent and electricity.... everything including baby's new shoes.

                     

                    Hope this helps. :smileyhappy:

                     

                    Another article, not presented by a person in th epublishing industury, can be found here, in an online article titled "Book cost analysis -- Cost of physical book publishing."

                    • 232. Re: eBook Prices - They Just don't get it !
                      s2kreno

                      It's what the market will bear, genius. Unless you're referring to girlie mags, perchance?

                      • 233. Re: Ebook Prices

                        Charging over 20 bucks for Stephen King books that were published over 30 years ago?  That's absurd.  I can walk into Barnes and Noble and purchase a physical copy for far less.  On the other hand, my book is only $2.99!  (shameless plug.)

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                        • 234. Re: Ebook Prices

                          Patrick77 wrote:

                          Charging over 20 bucks for Stephen King books that were published over 30 years ago?  That's absurd.  I can walk into Barnes and Noble and purchase a physical copy for far less.  On the other hand, my book is only $2.99!  (shameless plug.) 


                           

                          Most of King's NookBooks are $7.99-$9.99.  The pre-order of his latest (11/22/63) is $16.99 for NookBook and $18.62 for the hardcover.  For a big time established author - I'm willing to pay those NookBook prices. 

                           

                          His older titles in paperback are a little cheaper than the NookBook in some cases - but I find the value-added of carrying all of his books on a digital device worth the difference.  Your mileage may vary...

                          • 235. Re: Ebook Prices
                            bklvr896

                             

                            Thought I would post this as an example of eBook pricing the other way.

                             

                            This book is $14.50 for the paperback and $0.99 for the eBook. What a bargain.  I just finished this book and it was an interesting read.  It was a little too long, IMHO, but I was interested enough to read it through.  Don't know that I would have paid $14.50 for it, but it was definitely worth $0.99.

                             

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