I’ve been hearing a lot about George W. Bush’s new book, Decision Points.
I’m not normally one for politically-themed reading, but I’m a sucker for presidential history, so I thought I’d pick up a copy.
I went to Amazon & was shocked to see that the Kindle edition is actually more expensive than the print version!
Are you kidding me, Amazon? Let’s go over the reasons why this is ridiculous.
- It costs nothing to produce a copy of an eBook. Nothing. Here’s how you do it: cp book copy_of_book. Not that hard, now was it? On the other hand, it does cost money to print an actual, tangible book. Yet somehow the more costly version is cheaper. WTF?
- If I pay for the eBook edition, it’s locked to my Kindle via a DRM protection scheme. One reader, one copy. Publishers don’t have to worry about lost revenue via loaning, gifting, or resale. You’d think such a heavily restricted copy would be cheaper than a book that you could read then re-sell, wouldn’t you? Of course you would, because that makes perfect sense. Apparently not to Amazon.
I’m sorry, but I see this as a big “F**K YOU,” from Amazon to me. I was an early adopter who paid $360 for my Amazon Kindle. And they thank me by charging me more for my purchases?
Thanks, Amazon. Thanks a lot.