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Offline LexiRevellian Reading A book which I have forgotten to add here
19 Oct 2010, 12:54 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

Yes, that made me laugh quite a lot.
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19 Oct 2010, 02:46 PM | Post: #12

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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

I used to only buy books by Authors I knew. Now since getting my Kindle I download samples and have bought a large number of books by Authors that are new to me as well as the books of Indi Writers who I would never have come across was it not for Smashwords or the search facility on Amazon to find low priced books first.
Big publishing houses can charge what they like but I will not be buying. If I really wish to read a book that is too expensive I can download a sample to see if I like it and then borrow it from my local Library
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19 Oct 2010, 03:21 PM | Post: #13

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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

Amazon need to add a button labelled 'I liked the sample but the book is too expensive, I'm off down the library' Smile

Or, instead of the 'I'd like to read this on my Kindle' there should be one called 'I'd like to read this on my Kindle but I won't pay more than X for the privilege'

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27 Oct 2010, 06:25 PM | Post: #14

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The agency pricing model is being challenged in US courts and most analysts think it will be ruled illegal. Also, there are so many affordable and terrific e-books by small presses and independent authors, that in the long run charging print-book prices for e-books will hurt big publishers. Many traditionally published authors have decided to upload their future novels directly to Amazon so they can release them when they want and price them how they want. This trend will eventually hurt the big 5 too.
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01 Nov 2010, 08:11 PM | Post: #15

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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

Well, it's begun.

Hachette, HarperCollins and Penguin are now setting Amazon's prices for e-books. Amazon flag any such book with "This price was set by the publisher". One example is Just After Sunset by Stephen King - available for less than a fiver last week, now £17.99 (yep, twice the price of the hardback!)
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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

On the Amazon forums, someone suggested this outrageous price was a typo - could it be?
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01 Nov 2010, 09:36 PM | Post: #17

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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

I fear Amazon could loose sales of kindles due to this. People who are researching them prior to buying are instinctively going to check the prices of their favourite authors and if they are too steep then it will put people off.

I wonder if this is what publishers are trying to do to keep the balance of power in the side of the DTB?
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(01 Nov 2010 09:36 PM)Alex Wrote:  I fear Amazon could loose sales of kindles due to this. People who are researching them prior to buying are instinctively going to check the prices of their favourite authors and if they are too steep then it will put people off.

I wonder if this is what publishers are trying to do to keep the balance of power in the side of the DTB?

I think that's all too likely. The publishing industry would love to keep the status quo, which they know about and feel comfortable with. Anyone saying, I'm not paying that for an ebook, I'll buy the paperback, is saying just what they want to hear.
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RE: Bad publishers, naughty!

Buying DTB's for me meant that I always bought known writers, or went to the Library. Now with the arrival of the Kindle in the UK am looking at new Indi authors that I never would have considered before. I don't propose having an embargo against books but if I vote with my pocket and only buy those books that are within my price range then the only people to lose out are the Big 5. The ones who will gain are the Indi writers who will get more for each book they sell.
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(01 Nov 2010 10:35 PM)Jaxom Wrote:  Buying DTB's for me meant that I always bought known writers, or went to the Library. Now with the arrival of the Kindle in the UK am looking at new Indi authors that I never would have considered before. I don't propose having an embargo against books but if I vote with my pocket and only buy those books that are within my price range then the only people to lose out are the Big 5. The ones who will gain are the Indi writers who will get more for each book they sell.

I agree with you Jax, but we both already have a kindle and are 'sold' on its magnificence and the excellent indie talent that is out there because we can access both so easily. Someone wondering whether they will buy one is primarily going to be thinking about access to the books/authors they read now.
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