What the Feck?! (WTF?!)
Is a new feature here at The Book Nympho.
On Mondays we will post a book related topic
that had us thinking WTF?! while reading a book
or talking to others in the book community.
Jonetta and I was talking about doing more posts outside of reviews in 2013 so WTF?! was born. It's a mis-mash of editorial type posts and questions we will share with you guys on different book topics.
And the Feck part of WTF comes from my love of the Fever series (points to Mac Halo on avi).
WTF?! was inspired in part by similar features like Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks' Question and Parajunkee's new feature, Dishing Junk.
This week's WTF?!
eBOOK VS PRINT
|Like my fancy Nook holder? LOL|
After talking with a group of my blogging buddies on Twitter I thought this would be a great 1st topic for WTF?!
eBook Pricing:Should they be the same or less than the print books?
I'm only guessing but it seems like the production cost of an ebook would be less than the printing cost of a print book. So why wouldn't the cost of an ebook be less?
For the most part ebooks are cheaper than hardbacks but they are rarely less than the cost of their paperback counterparts. (At least the new releases.) Sure you can find deals where an ebook is on sale or even free for a short time.
But most of the ebooks I buy are in the $5.99-$7.99 range. Your usual cost of a mass market size paperback. Now some of the trade size (larger size) can run a little higher in the $9.99-$14.99 price range and their ebook counterparts are priced higher too.
But when it comes to ebooks there are no differences in their size or the material used in making them (hardback vs mass market/trade size paperbacks) so why are we being charged difference prices for the SAME ebook product? No matter the size of the print book, the ebooks are the same size. Doesn't make sense to me.
When is the price too much? Do you have a spending limit?
My personal spending max per ebook is $9.99 (US) for authors I've read before. Not to say that I've not bought a FEW $12.99 or even $14.99 ebooks. But that's only because they were books I REALLY WANTED like books from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward or books in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill, for example.
In the case of the BDB books they are now released in hardback 1st (mid-series, but that's a topic for a different WTF?!) so if you buy the ebooks when they hit the virtual shelf then you are paying the higher price than if you wait a few months to buy the SAME ebook at the paperback price. As for the CV series they are released in trade paperback so they cost more. (again another topic for a later WTF?!...why have different size paperbacks.)
I've decided to start waiting for some new releases to be released in paperback so I can buy the ebook at the lower price or (shock) get them at the library and not spend a dime on it.
Back to my personal spending limit; for authors I've never read and I'm not sure if I'll enjoy their writing style then I'll stay with the $7.99 or less price range. Or again use my local library or used book store. (And when I buy from my local used book store the publishers don't see a dime of my money)
I understand that this is a business and that everyone that has their hands in making a book needs their paycheck - authors, editors, publishers, marketing, etc. But who's getting the biggest paycheck? I'm sure it's not the authors that actually write the books.
News on eBook Pricing:
A couple of weeks ago, Penguin announced they were settling with the Department of Justice on the eBook price fixing case. Here's a link to that announcement (New York Times).
Libraries Cut E-Book Deal With Penguin - The Wall Street Journal
Judge Cote’s rules in favor of settlement in DOJ’s price fixing case - from Dear Author
eBooks vs. Print Books:
What are you giving up for digital formats vs print?
A few things that came up in the same Twitter discussion:
Whatever your ereader choice may be, you are VERY LIMITED in which ebooks you can share with your friends. I've noticed for the most part (at least in my ebook library) the only ones I can lend are the freebies I downloaded. IMO that's not sharing. Anyone could have downloaded the freebies.
If I buy a print book, I can then share it with as many friends as I want.
When you checkout an ebook through your library (if they offer the program) then they are SHARING an ebook with many people, many times. Why can't we do that on a personal level?
From what I understand, when a library buys ebooks from publishers, they are licensing them for a number of times they can be checked out. So once they reach that max it either comes off their catalog or they have to buy another license for that ebook. WTF?! So the publishers are making more money off the SAME ebook from the library, in turn making money off of tax payers that fund libraries.
Can't trade or resell
When you buy paper books you can trade your old books with friends or take them into your local used bookstore to trade for "new to you" books. Or you can sell them on Amazon, B&N, Ebay, etc. to get some of your money back to use on new books.
You can't do this with ebooks.
Granted if I could share my ebooks with others then I would not care about trading or reselling. To bad we can't gifted an ebook once we've read it. They could put a 1 time limit on it like they do with the lending.
Yes the ebook pricing bugs me and your probably asking yourself, "Why does she have an ereader?"
Don't misunderstand, I love my Nook and I'm glad I received one as a gift. They are great for storing TONS of books. I enjoy reading books on my Nook. I just wish the price of ebooks would come down when it comes to a few issues and the publishers let us share our ebooks. GIVE US MORE LENDING OPTIONS if you are not going to lower the prices. I would even be ok with keeping the lending to a one time for each ebook IF we could share ALL our ebooks.
I hope you enjoyed my little rant this week and will come back to see what made Jonetta say WTF?! in the next post.
What are you thoughts (good or bad)
about this week's WTF?!