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Discussion in 'Books & Literature' started by Neon, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Neon

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    Got this email from Amazon today:

    Fucking great news for us book lovers. Not only is there a potential credit coming for us (I've bought something like 25-30 e-Books since I got my Kindle in October 2010), but future prices on e-Books will be lower (I assume by a similar margin described above - between $0.30 and $1.30 per title). Not that eBooks are crazily priced, but still. A big win for consumers.
     
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  2. Don the Radio Guy

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    Too bad I steal most of my Kindle books. I bought one radio consultant book, that's it.
     
  3. ianbobo

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    Just got the same email. I've bought tons of books wonder what the credit will be.
     
  4. Creasy Bear

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    How do you steal a Kindle book? Not that I ever would... me being made of strong moral fiber and a paragon of virtue and all.
     
  5. Don the Radio Guy

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    Download them illegally.
     
  6. Atomic Fireball

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    This is my kind of bilingual message - they put the title in mexican and then say fuck it and write the rest in english.

    edit - oops I guess it says go to the website for the beaner version
     
  7. Creasy Bear

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    Ah. Of course. Elegant in its simplicity.

    Thank you.
     
  8. Atomic Fireball

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    I've bought about 60 kindle books - twenty dollars here I come!
     
  9. SaltyDelights

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    Usenet FTW!

    If I had to pay for all the books have/am/will read in the past year alone, I would be out over $800. I've spent about $22 on generic toner to print them and paper is free at Staples.

    Enjoy your $20, though.
     
  10. Atomic Fireball

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    Before the advent of the Kindle and apple book store I had amassed 13 gigs of etexts and audio books from usenet (some say you can even get radio shows there). I'm kind of too lazy to transfer them to a tablet or whatever. With the kindle books I can impulse-buy anything and insantly access it on my PC, Ipad, Itouch, Kindle, Kindle Fire, or 110" TV.
     
  11. Don the Radio Guy

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    When Usenet was part of an internet package,I used it all the time. What I won't do is pay to steal content. If I'm paying, I'll pay the guy who makes the product.
     
  12. Guilty Spark

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    You can download by foul means 5,000 books in about 5 minutes. I'll never buy a book again.
     
  13. Cunt Smasher

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    I use the reader app on my phone all the time, I have about 80 books on my SD card. Handy when you have to wait somewhere.
     
  14. Ballbuster1

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    I bought the wife a Kindle a few years ago.

    Looks like she'll be getting a credit. Nice.
     
  15. NotSoFast

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    I've got a Nook from Barnes & Noble. I have only bought about a dozen books for it so far. A lowering of prices is going to be nice, even if it's only about a dollar. I've seen some ebooks that cost more than the printed version.
     
  16. BIV

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    Yes, they are. Without the cost of publishing, they should be a fraction of the cost of a paperback, not more than one like most of them are. That was the biggest reason I fought getting a Kindle for so long, they are hideously expensive.

    Or do as I did and have a dude on your bus hand you a flash drive with a gig worth of books on it. I feel guilty every time I read one.
     
  17. Neon

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    They are not more expensive than paperbacks, at least not in NY. Are you talking about online pricing?
     
  18. BIV

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    New release E-books are consistently around $9.99 on Amazon. Ebooks should never crack 5 bucks.
     
  19. Neon

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    I doubt we're going to see that even with this settlement. I'm thinking the best we can hope for is about 7. But I honestly don't mind spending that kind of money on a book. If it wasn't for Kindle I'd be dropping 15-25 bucks on every book I read.
     
  20. Falldog

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    I buy physical copies and "acquire" a copy of the eBook. I've seen eBooks cost more than the physical copy which is just fucking insane.
     
  21. Neon

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    That really is insane. I imagine stuff like that is what this lawsuit was all about in the first place. The publishers were artificially keeping ebook prices higher than they should be. You think that extra money went to the authors? :)
     
  22. whiskeyguy

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    This is interesting:

    So if you knock out printing costs and wholesale distribution (which ebooks don't need), that's $5.63 for this hardcover book, or 20%. Also this article claims a retail profit margin of 45%, but that's ridiculous, especially for a place like Amazon that probably takes a <5% profit margin on ebooks (especially since there's very little overhead to sell ebooks).

    Considering all this, I would think that ebooks should run at least 30% less than the cost of a paperback.
     
  23. LilJimmyRbinson

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    That is good news. Now if only we can get the digital copy when we buy a physical copy, like with Bluray or CDs.

    Was this an Amazon class action or all e-books because I haven't gotten an email like this from BN. We're a Nook household.
     
  24. Neon

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    It was a government lawsuit against book publishers. Amazon has nothing to do with it. I believe it'll be the same for all ebook sellers.
     
  25. Falldog

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    Another reason to "acquire" e-books...

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012...of-customers-kindle-highlights-perils-of-drm/
     

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