Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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Amazon forces publishers to cripple prices
by ccraig13 on Wed 27th Jul 2011 14:39 UTC
ccraig13
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2011-05-31

I know it's popular to hate Apple now a days, because they're making headlines ( I certainly don't agree with what they're doing here, though it is their choice and If I don't like it I can go elsewhere ). I don't even remember the last time I felt the need to hate M$, since they barely do anything anymore ( Besides their Android "Licensing" nonsense ). However, when it comes to eBook publishing Apple is the publishing industry's hero. Do any of you actually know what how Amazon treats us? "Apple takes 30% of everything we sell!". Boy do I feel sorry for you. Oh wait, I don't. That's because Amazon takes 70% of all books priced over $9.99, which most of ours are. Let's do math. If I sell a book for $9.99 then i get $7, that's fine. However, if I sell a book for $10.99 I get $3.30! Obviously, I would never sell at $10.99. So when does it change? Well I'd have to sell a book for a little over $23 to get the same royalty as I would for selling the same book for $9.99. Luckily, we have a choice and can sell the books that need to cost over $9.99 on iTunes and those that don't will be sold on both.

PS. If you're one of those people who think that eBooks should cost almost nothing because there's no printing ( wow a whole dollar ), shipping or storage then you should go talk to that guy selling property in Iowa. Too many people think eBooks must have no costs associated with project managers, artists, copy editors, proof readers, indexers, typesetters, and author royalties.

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nirishdave Member since:
2008-09-03

If you're one of those people who think that eBooks should cost almost nothing because there's no printing ( wow a whole dollar ), shipping or storage then you should go talk to that guy selling property in Iowa. Too many people think eBooks must have no costs associated with project managers, artists, copy editors, proof readers, indexers, typesetters, and author royalties.


I have no objection to paying a fair price for an ebook. I do object with being charged the price of a hardback for an ebook. Yes there are project managers, artists, copy editors, proof readers, indexers, typesetters, and author royalties. The discount should come from the lack of printing costs, distrubition costs and so on... You cant just claim you are due the same figure for an ebook becuse the costs are not the same. (I am not saying the costs are zero as that would be stupid)

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ccraig13 Member since:
2011-05-31

I agree and we always sell our eBooks for less than the cost of our print editions.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The last time I got a book ?

I just download the ebook 'illegally' (which it isn't in my country) and donate my money directly with a PayPal button to the author on his site.

It was cheaper for me.

And the author got more money from me (the publisher didn't, sorry O'Reilly !)

Edited 2011-07-27 22:45 UTC

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