Amazon raises prices of Macmillan ebooks

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#1

Amazon raises prices of Macmillan ebooks.

[newsimage]http://static.myce.com/images_posts/2010/02/02mWpT.jpg[/newsimage]Amazon has agreed to give in to demands of a book publisher that said the popular online retailer needs to raise the price of e-books. The new Macmillan pricing scheme will go into effect in March, with some of the publisher's e-books jumping to $12.99 to $14.99 each.


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#2

Amazon is right, the price is too high. You can buy a paperback for that.


#3

With all the costs of printing, shipping, distributing and retailing e-books, they should always cost more than a physical book. Oh wait…


#4

Say … do you guys remember back when online stores experimented selling Ebooks and failed miserably due to rediculously high prices compared to a print edition?

Oh wait … what year is this?


#5

Nice one debro.

This just comes down to greed. E-books need to cost less than physical books, period, end of story.


#6

The E-book publishers are trying to emulate the music industry and screw everyone. A recipe for failure…


#7

^^^ exactly. We see how well that turned out. They won’t be satisfied until nobody’s buying ebooks, just downloading them on sites like limewire for free…honestly authors should speak up. i mean i would rather get 14 bucks than 12, but not if it means the next couple years or so has me selling no books; ie music sales.


#8

Why in the blazes does an author need a publisher for if they are going to publish their book as an electronic document anyway?

  • Write book
  • Convert book to PDF
  • Set up website with unique download identifiers tied to consumer
  • Set up agreement that you may not distribute unique pdf.
  • Consumer buys his unique PDF
  • Money!

#9

I thought that Amazon was paying the publishers what they wanted for new hardback releases, but were marking down the books to $9.99 as sort of a “loss-leader” to get people to buy the Kindle ebooks.
If so, then why would any publisher care what Amazon charged its customers, as long as the publisher got its money?


#10

[QUOTE=Mr. Belvedere;2491415]Why in the blazes does an author need a publisher for if they are going to publish their book as an electronic document anyway?

  • Write book

  • Convert book to PDF

  • Set up website with unique download identifiers tied to consumer

  • Set up agreement that you may not distribute unique pdf.

  • Consumer buys his unique PDF

  • Money![/QUOTE]

    If Amazon were really smart they would set up a system like that. By pass all the regular publishers. Put out books that might not make it otherwise, after all, how much space does it actually take up to store a book. They could probably get away without ever reading the books themselves, just have someone write up a program to do an evaluation based on phrases and “poof”, instant book. Reviews based on seller feedback, if it really sucks, they give you a credit. They could, in an electronic sense, become an e-publishing house. Nah, sounds to good to ever happen.


#11

Just in time with the new iPad :iagree:


#12

[QUOTE=Zathros;2491539]They could probably get away without ever reading the books themselves, just have someone write up a program to do an evaluation based on phrases and “poof”, instant book. Reviews based on seller feedback, if it really sucks, they give you a credit. They could, in an electronic sense, become an e-publishing house. Nah, sounds to good to ever happen.[/QUOTE] Oh, it will become reality, but only after some huge investor succesfully opposes all other investors and laws.

Who says Amazon can’t open up a small company on some remote desert island to test this.