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Kindle Pricing Makes No Sense

by on Jun.08, 2010, under Uncategorized

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:

Kindle is more expensiveWait… 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.

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