Dear Commons Community,
There is an interesting discussion in an article in today’s NY Times regarding e-book pricing. It suggests that many owners of Amazon’s Kindle and other e-readers are cost conscious and will rebel if prices for an e-book go much above the standard Amazon price of $9.99. I don’t know if this is true but in my own case, I know that the appeal of an e-reader surely relates to pricing. I love my hard copy (dog-eared, pencil (not pen) marked-up in my favorite chair reading style) but I am very close to purchasing an e-reader because of price. For instance, while writing an article recently, I came across a reference (book) that I would have loved to read a chapter for some particular point, when I checked to see its availability on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I was shocked at the $95. price but an e-book version was available at $9.99. I would definitely have purchased the less expensive version and instead passed on the hard copy. I keep thinking about this experience and am leaning to purchasing a Kindle or one of the other e-readers this summer.
The NY Times article is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/technology/11reader.html?th&emc=th