Archive for June, 2010
I was just browsing the web, when I found out that “Shit My Dad Says” has a book. I don’t follow him on twitter, but I’ve heard of it before, and read it whenever I’m linked to it. Wondering how much this book cost, I went to Amazon, and here’s what I found:
Wait… WHAT? The hardcover is actually CHEAPER than the Kindle version? I’m going to ignore shipping for argument’s sake. This means that it costs less to cut down a tree, turn that tree into paper, print words on the paper, and glue the pieces of paper together than it does to send you a bunch of ones and zeroes.
Can anyone explain this to me? I mean, really. I’m pretty sure writers type on computers in today’s world, and I’m sure Amazon has some software to automatically take whatever and turn it into a Kindle book. Of course you’re in part paying for the development of such software, but there’s a LOT more to a hardcover book than there is to a digital copy of the same thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the Kindle is an awesome platform, and I hope we see more and more e-readers. But, until the pricing scheme gets fixed… they’re not going to take off.