Kindle Book more than the Paperback?

by Rachel Baker on May 21, 2012

I was looking at purchasing a book or two yesterday from Amazon. Now, I haven’t purchased a book in a while for my kindle and was extremely surprised when I found Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue priced higher for Kindle than it was for the paperback.

I’ve read a lot over the last year about pricing for ebooks and what not, and it seems like the publishing companies are having a really tough time trying to figure this out.  I’m no math major, but… I have researched in depth how to publish a book for Kindle and Nook…and its incredibly less expensive than to publish a traditional book.

So, why on earth are publishers pricing a product with very little overhead the same or more as products with higher overhead?

I would want to be the company that didn’t want to jack the consumer and imply they are stupid to the process of book making.

I think companies need to take a look at the self-publishers and realize they don’t need to pay massive salaries to publish books in ebook format.  Massive tech salaries is the only possible reason I can think of to make a kindle book more than a paperbook – I don’t want to think the publishing company is taking the consumers for a ride.

Because that would be a crappy thing to do.

I was looking at purchasing a book or two yesterday from Amazon. Now, I haven’t purchased a book in a while for my kindle and was extremely surprised when I found Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue priced higher for Kindle than it was for the paperback.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316098329/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=nyf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0316098329

I’ve read a lot over the last year about pricing for ebooks and what not, and it seems like the publishing companies are having a really tough time trying to figure this out.  I’m no math major, but… I have researched in depth how to publish a book for Kindle and Nook…and its incredibly less expensive than to publish a traditional book.

So, why on earth are publishers pricing a product with very little overhead the same or more as products with higher overhead?

I would want to be the company that didn’t want to jack the consumer and imply they are stupid to the process of book making.

I think companies need to take a look at the self-publishers and realize they don’t need to pay massive salaries to publish books in ebook format.  Massive tech salaries is the only possible reason I can think of to make a kindle book more than a paperbook – I don’t want to think the publishing company is taking the consumers for a ride.

Because that would be a crappy thing to do.

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