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« on: April 12, 2012, 05:53:24 PM »

The new JK Rowling book (out in the fall) has been put up for pre-order. The news is not the book's subject, but the fact that the Kindle version is $19.99, with the hardcover $21.00.

Not sure what the publisher was thinking there, especially since this book does not have "Harry Potter" in the title. Needless to say, the Amazon comments are not positive.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Casual-Vacancy-ebook/dp/B007THA4FI/ref=sr_tr_sr_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334252835&sr=1-1
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 06:44:14 PM »

Ken Follett's new book was released last year for the same price and it went straight to number one. I think it will encourage piracy. OTOH this book will sell a ton of copies, they probably figure that will mitigate the stolen ones. On the other other hand - wow. That is some greed on the publishers part.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 07:42:21 PM »

I think the publisher was thinking, "This'll sell a shit ton of copies.  Let's charge $20 for it."

The bigger issue is that this news is hitting on the same day the US Treasury is suing Publishers (and Apple) for greedily increasing the price of ebooks.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 08:04:43 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 12, 2012, 07:42:21 PM

I think the publisher was thinking, "This'll sell a shit ton of copies.  Let's charge $20 for it."

The bigger issue is that this news is hitting on the same day the US Treasury is suing Publishers (and Apple) for greedily increasing the price of ebooks.

Yeah, I believe this particular publisher was one that decided to settle rather than go to trial.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 08:22:21 PM »

not sure how much books should be in U.S(or here TBH),but the book sounds dull as dishwater anyway  Tongue

On Amazon.co.uk the kindle edition is 11.99,while the Hardback is 10.00

currency converter currently has $20>>12.5($21>>13.1)

The new Stephen King book due out in a few days is a quid cheaper at 10.99 for the kindle edition and Hardback edition is 2 quid more (than the JK offering)at 11.99
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 09:49:41 PM »

Man, every time I see an article on her new book that's for adults, they headline it as "Rowling Writes First Adult Novel!" like it's for Penthouse or something.  Fabulous Maybe they're better off just saying it's the first novel she didn't expressly write for children, which isn't to say that zillions of adults didn't enjoy the Potter stuff too.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 09:57:39 PM »

Gotsta get paid, yo.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 11:38:07 PM »

Quote from: gellar on April 12, 2012, 09:57:39 PM

Gotsta get paid, Jo.

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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 04:08:04 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 12, 2012, 07:42:21 PM

I think the publisher was thinking, "This'll sell a shit ton of copies.  Let's charge $20 for it."

The bigger issue is that this news is hitting on the same day the US Treasury is suing Publishers (and Apple) for greedily increasing the price of ebooks.

That simply isn't accurate. Publishers actually get less money under the agency model in many cases, but they were willing to do that to allow other booksellers to compete and keep Amazon from building an overwhelming monopoly. I think one of the DoJ's main concerns may be the Most Favored Nation type clauses in their contracts with the publishers, that say that other retailers can't sell the books for less than Apple can.
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2012, 04:14:58 AM »

Quote from: Misguided on April 13, 2012, 04:08:04 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 12, 2012, 07:42:21 PM

I think the publisher was thinking, "This'll sell a shit ton of copies.  Let's charge $20 for it."

The bigger issue is that this news is hitting on the same day the US Treasury is suing Publishers (and Apple) for greedily increasing the price of ebooks.

That simply isn't accurate. Publishers actually get less money under the agency model in many cases, but they were willing to do that to allow other booksellers to compete and keep Amazon from building an overwhelming monopoly. I think one of the DoJ's main concerns may be the Most Favored Nation type clauses in their contracts with the publishers, that say that other retailers can't sell the books for less than Apple can.

Well, I don't think "simple" factors into anything like this.  However, while I wasn't going for an in-depth discourse of the case with my flippant remark, even the scenario you describe involves greed.  Apple trying to be greedy with control is the obvious one, but you don't think Publishers were doing this because they're big Steve Jobs fans, do you?
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2012, 07:55:31 AM »

Quote from: Blackjack on April 12, 2012, 09:49:41 PM

Man, every time I see an article on her new book that's for adults, they headline it as "Rowling Writes First Adult Novel!" like it's for Penthouse or something.  Fabulous Maybe they're better off just saying it's the first novel she didn't expressly write for children, which isn't to say that zillions of adults didn't enjoy the Potter stuff too.

Yep, that's the way I see it too. The headlines I've seen make it sound like she's writing something shocking and scandalous when it's likely just that it's her first novel not written expressly for children.
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2012, 05:22:03 PM »

I'll just get it from the library.
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2012, 05:55:39 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 05:22:03 PM

I'll just get it from the library.

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2012, 06:13:52 PM »

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 13, 2012, 05:55:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 05:22:03 PM

I'll just get it from the library.

What are you? A hobo?  icon_razz

ain't no way I'm spending a dime on this one with their insane eBook pricing, so I figure I'll read it for free  icon_twisted
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2012, 06:27:50 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 06:13:52 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 13, 2012, 05:55:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 05:22:03 PM

I'll just get it from the library.

What are you? A hobo?  icon_razz

ain't no way I'm spending a dime on this one with their insane eBook pricing, so I figure I'll read it for free  icon_twisted

Just make sure you go to a library with the right chalk mark outside.  Look for one with free soup.
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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2012, 07:39:09 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 06:13:52 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 13, 2012, 05:55:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 05:22:03 PM

I'll just get it from the library.

What are you? A hobo?  icon_razz

ain't no way I'm spending a dime on this one with their insane eBook pricing, so I figure I'll read it for free  icon_twisted

Like I responded to someone's Facebook post about this book, I hope that the government's recent lawsuit against Apple and book publishers will affect this as it nears release. That being said, I'm pretty positive my wife will want it. Maybe I can persuade her to wait long enough for it to be, um, free on the internet...
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