Amazon Charges More For eBook Than Hardcover


Amazon customers are outraged that the ebook version of Ken Follet’s Fall of Giants costs more than the hardcover. The nearly 1,000 page book, which is published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, costs $19.99 in the Kindle store, while the hardcover is $19.39.

Similarly, James Patterson’s latest, Don’t Blink, is $14.99 in the Kindle store, while the hardcover is $14. Don’t Blink is published by Little, Brown & Company.

According to the New York Times, these are the first two ebooks to cost more than their hardcover versions. Amazon did not set these prices, as that is now up to the books’ publishers.

Frustrated customers who do not want to spend almost 20 bucks on an ebook are using Amazon reviews to vent their anger. Fall of Giants currently has 163 1 star reviews, and almost all of the negative reviews seem to be because of the price rather than the book’s content. It doesn’t appear to be hurting sales too much, though, because Fall of Giants is number 8 on the paid Kindle bestseller list (as of 10/05).

Personally, I think $20 is too much to pay for a book that I can’t share with anyone or donate to the library when I’m finished. I’d like to read Fall of Giants, so I’ll probably try to get it from the library rather than buy it on my Kindle. It’s a little disturbing to see two different publishers raise ebook prices because I’m hoping this will not turn into a trend.

What do you think about ebooks costing more than hardcovers? Would you pay $20 for an ebook?

(Source: NY Times)

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