Originally Posted by FineTunes
Shame on Amazon. While I don't necessarily agree with the pricing of eBooks, just because there is a dispute on what a publisher wants for a book, it is not right of Amazon to deny their customers the right to get a Macm book from Amazon or Kindle. The market will bear what price people are willing to pay to get an eBook or hard copy. If publishers want more for new books and if they pass this on to the authors, then it is only right that a new book should get a higher price. If you go to a bookstore, you would pay more for a just released novel. You as a consumer can decide to wait until the price comes down and buy the book three or four months later. Suppose that Borders or any other retailer decides not to carry ANY books of a publisher because of a pricing issue on a new book--almost borders on censorship. It would have been more reasonable if Amazon told Macm we won't increase the price so you have the option of not listing any new books with us or you can allow us to list them at our agreed to price; but to remove all Macm books that is just plain shameful.
Originally Posted by MacTripper
If your running a business and your supplier just raised their prices 133%, you surely can deny carrying their products if it doesn't bother making your business worthwhile.
You see, Amazon is selling Kindles, in order to justify buying a expensive device the customer has to realize a benefit over traditional books which look a heck of a lot nicer on a shelf and can be resold.
If the e-content prices are too high, adoption is going to be quite low and not many Kindles will be sold and the whole concept of e-books will just die off.
Publishers have a interest in e-books because it cuts their costs in half over traditional books, the lower they set their prices, the more volume they will have and possibly more total revenue.
Right now the publishers feel that they can set their prices higher and if they realize lost total revenue, they then can place certain books "on sale" to generate higher volume.
However the e-book thing is rather a instant thing, people buy a device because they want what they want right now, instead of the traditional browsing in the bookstore.
I think it would be a good thing for the publishers to study the concept of renting their e-books, this would appeal to a very very large audience and possible make more in total revenue than buying.
With a device like a Kindle or a iPad, the content can be snatched off the device after a certain time period, unlike a traditional book.
You kind of missed the point. It was wrong of Amazon to remove all of Macm listings from the Kindle and the Amazon on-line store just because they could not agree on the price of new releases. The consumer should be the one who chooses what to pay for a book. e-books are cheaper than traditional books so you still get any book cheaper. New releases are generally higher and come down in price after a few months. The consumer can choose when to buy the book and at what price. If you have to have it now, then you will have to pay more. Will Amazon do likewise with other publishers who don't fall in line? If you check the Kindle store, you will find some books that sell for more than $9.99, they are still cheaper than the real book price.
As for your argument that Amazon is in business to sell Kindles, then if you have a issue on price, just remove the listings from the Kindle store and not all of Amazon. Amazon is flexible what they are willing to pay publishers. As pointed out in other postings, Amazon just prior to the iPads release, renegotiated most of the contracts with publishers giving them a better deal."I think it would be a good thing for the publishers to study the concept of renting their e-books, this would appeal to a very very large audience and possible make more in total revenue than buying."
Bad idea. When I pay for something I only want to pay for it once and I like to own it. Like buying a CD or a book. If I want to rent something, for a book, I go to the library, for a DVD block Busters or the like."With a device like a Kindle or a iPad, the content can be snatched off the device after a certain time period, unlike a traditional book."
Wasn't Amazon who removed or "snatched" the some content from their Kindle after customers paid for the e-book?????
One was a student who lost all of his work and sued Amazon--they did pay for the cost of the book--but the work was lost. Again SHAME !!!!!