Comments on: Pricing kindle nonfiction http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jonhendry http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12269 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 19:51:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12269 For context, the list price of the hardcover is $30. BN.com has an ‘online price’ of $24, but ‘members’ pay $21.60, and at the moment non-members can get the member price.

Borders’ website has it at list price ($30).

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By: Gkiely http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12264 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:28:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12264 The pricing issues here is being completely mis-stated. To start with, Palgrave has priced the e-book at the same price as the hardcover. This is a very common strategy and has nothing to do with Amazon’s dispute with Macmillan and Macmillan’s change in pricing. That change in prices has not yet occurred. The reality is that Amazon still decides what price to put on the books in the Kindle Store. If you look at all of Palgrave’s 1600+ titles in the Kindle Store, the prices range from $1.15 for a bio of John McCain to $200.00 for a book on “Climate Trading”. I didn’t scroll through them all, but I would guess that more than half the books are not being sold for $9.99 or less and Amazon has the right to put any price they want on the book. Palgrave will be paid a percentage (roughly half) of the $30.00 list price no matter what the Amazon price is. Amazon can choose to lose all the money they get from the customer or they can choose to put a $16.50 price on it and make a little money on the sale. This is not dictated by Palgrave. This book is not yet available so it’s also possible (likely) that Amazon will change the price as it becomes available. It’s their call. Part of the Macmillan dispute is that Macmillan is seeking to take the pricing power out of Amazon’s hands.

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By: jonhendry http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12258 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:07:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12258 Additionally, the complaint about the $2 difference between Amazon’s kindle price and hardcopy price is kind of silly. After all, you get the kindle version instantly, with no shipping & handling charge. If you want the book from Amazon tomorrow, you’re going to pay a hefty charge.

If you want the Rogoff book today, and you don’t want to buy the kindle version, you’re going to have to find a Borders, where they sell it for $35 or Barnes & Noble who have it for $25 assuming the store price and the website price are the same. (BN don’t offer an ebook version.)

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By: jonhendry http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12257 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 16:58:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12257 Here’s a one-star review of Rogoff’s “This Time It’s Different” for the kindle:

“My comments have nothing to do with the content of “This Time is Different” which was referred to me as an excellent book to consider buying. I was doing just that (which typically begins with a Kindle Sample Download) when I realized that the Kindle price was nearly $16 (only a couple dollars below the hardcopy price). Having read today that Amazon was fighting with Macmillan Publishing over their new book pricing plans I vote with Amazon to keep Kindle prices reasonable.”

a) the writer admits it has nothing to do with the content
b) the book isn’t published by Macmillan, it’s from Princeton University Press, so their one-star review is completely misdirected anyway.

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By: JustinFox http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12248 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 03:59:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12248 That said, if she gets a bunch of 1-star reviews from the Kindlejerks, I’ll leave a 5-star to counteract at least one of ’em.

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By: JustinFox http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12247 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 03:33:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12247 The people who leave 1-star reviews because they think the Kindle version is overpriced tend to get very low “helpful” ratings on Amazon, meaning their reviews get shunted to the end. I guess they still have an effect on the overall ranking, but if Yves really won’t buy books on Amazon that have less than a four-star ranking then she deserves whatever’s coming to her. What a silly thing to say (or do)!

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By: pamshal http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12244 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 01:03:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12244 Having retired, I thought it was time at last to read War & Peace. So I carefully studied the reviews on the more recent translations and chose one I could put on the Kindle (I’m old — packing around War & Peace in the analog version is for heartier pilgrims). Eagerly, I started to read. Wait a minute! They didn’t translate the French, except in the footnotes. Major headache! By the time I go to the translation in the footnote and back to the text, I’ve completely forgotten both the translated passage and the whole context. Got myself the paper and ink version of the alternate translation (with the French translation directly in the text). My back hurts, but I’m making progress. Wish Tolstoy would stop yacking on about the peace and take me to the war.

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By: iflydaplanes http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12241 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 20:13:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12241 Thank you jonhendry for clearing that up for me.

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By: TCombinator http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12237 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:23:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12237 I think this policy is deeply misguided. I would never purchase a hard cover just because Kindle edition is delayed. I would probably just ignore the book and then forget to order it when Kindle edition is released. But then again, I live in a closet with no space for books.

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By: jonhendry http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/25/pricing-kindle-nonfiction/comment-page-1/#comment-12236 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:21:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2713#comment-12236 “Is not the Kindle the name of a product? If so, why is it not capitalized at all in the entirety of this article?”

It is a product, and is capitalized by Amazon when mentioned in text, but the name is not capitalized in the logo on the product itself.

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