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Subject: e-book question
Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:11 AM ET
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I was looking at a few places and was a little confused at the pricing between one place and another.  Ellora's Cave and other smaller publishers are pretty reasonable for the most part even with ebook editions of some of their hot new releases by popular authors.  I just was at the eHarlequin site looking at the Mira line and some books were almost $12 in ebook format while the paperback is about $14.  The monthly series books are not too far off in price from what I can get the paperbacks for at Walmart.   Is this simply due to Harlequin being a large company?  Just a bit confused--thought ebooks might be a little more economical for the keepers but it's not looking like that is the case:lol:

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:16 AM ET
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I was bummed too..I go tthe Sony mostly for porn ebooks :-) but thought I'd put some harlequins and other mmpb's on it..but the only bargains seem to be ellora's cave and samhain, redsage, etc because their tradesize paperbacks are expensive...I've seen ebooks the same or more expensive than the mmpb so I think it's only for the convenience of these that's it's a good deal. and some of the writers I like have left these companies :-( and their new publisher charges full price. sometimes eharlequin will have a sale on ebooks and sometimes another site will be cheaper - sony's stie was cheaper for some but I got several from harlequin like linda howard's mackenzie series and brockmann's tall dark and dangerous. also with harlequin - they make you download another book manager from adobe that keeps track of what you've paid for..you don't get the actual file but the files are stored there so can't really make a backup or anything which bums me out..I get pdf and email them to myself to save 'just in case' 'cause I've had computers crash on me before.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:33 AM ET
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use http://ebookprice.info/ to find the best price on any particular ebook

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 5:23 AM ET
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I won't buy another Harlequin ebook - I bought a bunch of books (it was 15-18 on sale), no problem; a while later, my computer told me a new edition of the reader they use (is it Microsoft Reader?  Don't remember now because I HATE it) was available and that I had to download it so I did.  It 'reauthorized' itself, but now I can't read my books because it says they are not authorized.  The files are sitting on my computer and can't be opened.  Ticks me off. 

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 11:09 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/25/2009 11:18 AM ET
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Donna, You should look at Fictionwise.com they have reasonable prices and are always having sales. Right now all fiction ebooks are 25% off:)

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 1:28 PM ET
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I keep hearing about Fictionwise and I have checked the site, but the files were all secured and annoying.  I like buyng direct from:

 

www.ellorascave.com (New releases Wed and Fri)

www.mybookstoreandmore.com  (all new releases are 10% off the ebook for the first week usually early in the week)

www.loose-id.com

www.bookstrand.com (though Siren has some of the absolute WORST editing of any romance published)

www.newconceptspublishing.com (another contended for Worst editing but good full length and plus novels and good futuristics)

www.cobbestone-press.com (more novellas and short novels and I think their prices high for what you get)

www.diesel-ebooks.com is like Fictionwise

 

I tried THREE different formats, Mobipocket Reader, Adobe Digital Editions, Microsoft Reader and went back to buying PDF.  My one laptop has Acrobat Pro and the other (the one I'm on at the moment) just has the free Acrobat Reader for pdf files.  I much prefer it.



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Date Posted: 6/25/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Thanks for all the information.  I'll try a few of those sites and see how I like them:) 

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 9:29 PM ET
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Just an FYI - on Fictionwise, you have to choose "Multiformat" if you don't like the secured format books.  It'll pre-filter the books for you that way.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 2:29 AM ET
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Here's a Fictionwise coupon for 15% off  'summer15' todays the last day to use it.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 12:01 PM ET
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ebooks.com  (I think that's the address) sent me a coupon not long ago.  that might be someplace to look into.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 1:21 PM ET
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If anyone has a Kindle, just ran across this: www.amazon.com/Great-Deals-Kindle/b/ref=amb_link_84305771_21

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 5:44 PM ET
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I bought from ebooks.  Popular authors like Lora Leigh's breeds books are the same or nearlly the same price in ebook and print.  With my 10% member discount at BN, or by going to any mega store that seels books (Costco, Wal-Mart), you'll get a better deal on print AND you can resell it, trade it or give it away.

ebooks are a convenience in most cases.  To make them really worth it, they need to be much less expensive than paperbacks.  Between Amazon's 4 for 3 and BN's discounts, sales, weekly promos and remainders, I do better with print books.

Many authors are ebook only.  Thankfully, I can buy them on the publisher's website and I make every effort to avoid pdf flies that block printing.

Kindle offers authors a way to sell books that was never offered before and it's changing the game in publishing to some extent. Writer's that can't get published can publish on Kindle.  It's just tough to get word of mouth on an ebook, so selling the book is a whole different story.  There are parts of Amazon's business paradigm I hate, and parts that really serve the industry.

I like a lot of things about ebooks.  I loathe DRM and the whole pricing issue is a pain in the butt.  No one will even have an author signed copy of a first edition of an ebook, and most are worth nothing anyway, but real booklovers tend to like print.  I own a hundred or more ebooks, but the vast majority of my buying is print.

 



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