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Subject: RANDOM BOOK-RELATED QUESTIONS
Date Posted: 3/8/2011 5:25 PM ET
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Okay.  I don't know if we have one of these threads, but sometimes stuffs strikes me as a topic to be discussed and I have no idea where to put it.  Since paranormal is quite frankly the only genre I read and, therefore, the only forum I frequent, I wouldn't dream of asking the questions in another forum anyway, so I figured we needed one of these threads.

So here's my first question, or really voiced frustration.  Why, oh why, are kindle books practically the same price as paperbacks?  There's no printing or shipping costs for the publishers and/or Amazon, so why?  I know a lot aren't, but all of the good ones are the same price.  Secondly, and worst of all, Amazon offers a 4-for-3 deal for a large majority of paperbacks, but not kindle ebooks.  So let me get this straight, we're basically paying for you to e-mail us a book at no extra cost to yourself and we don't even get the extra bonus that we would if we just took the damned hardcopy. 

Anyone else feel me on this???

Date Posted: 3/8/2011 8:28 PM ET
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So, I agree, I think e-books ought to be cheaper than paper books. Here is an article about why they are not, though.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/business/media/01ebooks.html?_r=1

Date Posted: 3/8/2011 8:55 PM ET
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Boy, you are full of answers for me today, Sara....LOL  I still think it's a load of crap.  I understand some of it, like I wouldn't want bookstores to be totally replaced, but I still think ebooks should be cheaper.  I was reluctant to switch over at first, I love my hardcopies and my book-lined shelves, but then I realized, hey, taking up space and forget about the dust collection if you don't clean them off often enough.  I do have my fave series in hard covers and will continue to buy those as they come out, but I have fallen in love with the Kindle my mom got me for xmas.  I started to clear out my shelves and do some reading of my paperbacks recently and I realized that it really hurts my wrists (carpal tunnel) when I'm holding and manuevering the paperback.   UH-OH, I'm getting new world spoiled.  

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 1:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/10/2011 1:05 PM ET
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The other thing is, we can't swap Kindle books.  So if you add to the already high price the fact that you can't get anything in return for it to save you something in the long run...well, that just plain stinks.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 4:50 PM ET
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I agree, there are some new releases that I want to read but can't see spending $10 for an e-book :(

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 12:08 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/11/2011 9:08 AM ET
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Absolutely.  I have spent quite a bit on ebooks recently because I go through spurts of reading a book or two a day, to not reading all week.  These past two weeks have been my ON weeks..LOL  Then I decided, $7.99 a book, I've spent probably $100 in the past month and I can't even trade them out on PBS.  So I just did the 4-for-3 deal on Amazon and am getting 4 books which are all highly WL'd for 23 bucks.  Come on, it's a no-brainer.  I prefer reading it on Kindle (God I never thought I'd say that), but I'm also not into wasting my money.

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 11:16 PM ET
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I have the Nook and love it but it is frustrating to buy books that I don't want to keep and can't trade.  I try to only buy books I know I want to keep or I just can't wait to get my hands on. lol 

I prefer having my keepers in ebook.  It takes up way less space so when there's a choice between a hardback and ebook at the same price, I go for the ebook.

I go through spurts, too and being able to buy right from my Nook is very addicting.  I think I spend more on impulse reading becuase of that feature. lol

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 8:55 AM ET
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I am with you 100 % on everything you said, Carolyn.  Especially the impulse buying on my Kindle.  I received my 4-for-3 books from Amazon, finished Bonds of Justice last night and was just sitting here thinking, well, I could wait for Play of Passion to come up in the WL forum OR, I could just order it on Kindle.  LOL  I have that whole "It's just one more book, then I'll stop" going on.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 12:51 PM ET
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This is one of the main reason I still love turning pages in a good ol book.

-RD

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 4:28 AM ET
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I agree and lately a couple books I was interested in were actually a few cents MORE for the kindle! I refused to buy them. I am an instant gratification kind of girl and I love my kindle for that but, there's nothing like a good well read paperback to get my blood flowing! LOL!

 

Also you can lend books on your kindle, you can only lend them once however. Go to the manage your kindle page on Amazon and click the + sign next to book and then the button "lend this book" you email it to the person interested.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 12:28 PM ET
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OHHHH  REAAALLLY.  That makes things a little more interesting...LOL  So you can basically swap Kindle books.  I mean, with a paperback you can only send it out once anyway, so what's the difference?  Is there some unbidden "Kindle" police that forbid it for that purpose?

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 5:46 AM ET
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LOL  So you can basically swap Kindle books.

yes & no.  it's pretty much the same policy as they have for Nook lending, as far as i know.  *if* a book is lendable (and the publisher gets to decide), then through B&N or Amazon you can loan the ebook to someone.  the basics are that you can't read it while it's loaned out, and after 14 days the loan expires automatically and they can no longer read it but you can again.  plus you can only loan it once ever.  so don't loan it until they're ready to read it!

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 7:21 AM ET
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Still, not a bad setup.  Probably have to offer it as a deal, because for the credit, the person's only getting a loan.  So say, loan 2 highly WL'd books for 1 credit, etc.  Can you loan more than one book at a time? 

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 9:00 AM ET
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Ah, but the caveat is, all the really good books aren't "unloanable."  Dagnabit

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 11:37 PM ET
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I have the Kindle app on my iPhone and I'm reading free books.  I don't have any keepers so the not being able to trade bugs me.  If I don't trade the book here I go to my UBS. 

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 1:20 AM ET
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I have the Color Nook and it has had me addicted since I got it in December. I have spent more money on books than I usually do in 1 year, but a lot of them are lendable. I am seeing that trend growing. The only thing is you can only lend to people you know because you enter their email. I bought my mom one, so at least we can swap and save some money, but she doesnt like a lot of the books I read.

There are a lot of books for under $5.00 and I do find a lot of books there that are on my wishlist. I love the Nook! I helped sell two the other day when I was in B&N. I read 3 times more than I used to because I can't always have a book on me at work - but my Nook fits right in my briefcase and when I have waiting time it doesn't look unprofessional.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 9:00 AM ET
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Yeah, but Nook and Kindle are pretty much the same price for the newer books, EXACTLY the same as the paperbacks.  I still think that's insane.  Especially when you factor in the gas prices today and what it must cost these companies to ship and blah blah blah, don't tell me their costs for producing ebooks is even close to the same as printed books, it doesn't make sense no matter how they would like to spin it. 

For it to be basically the same they would have to endure little to no cost for their printing and shipping, and we all know that stuff is not free or even cheap.   So spare me the crybaby crap.  These companies are just flat out greedy.  So not only are they now making a fortune on these electronic devices, but they're still charging the same price and spending less to produce.