Post # 1
Rupert Murdoch just slammed Amazon for pricing its e-books so cheaply and is threatening to take his publishing houses exclusively to the Apple store (where he can make more money). So thanks Apple for not only making a crappy product but a crappy product that is going to make the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader more expensive because you insist on overcharging your customers for EVERYTHING!
Sorry, that just pissed me off this morning. Carry on with your day! 🙂
Post # 3
lol least you got it off your chest.. everyone needs to rant. it does suck tho about the slamming. Amazon is good!
Post # 4
News to me. I’m a Kindle owner. However, I don’t think I want to read anything Rupert Murdoch has a hand in though. I only use his company for local sports and American Idol. :oP
Post # 5
Yeah — not only is their product like, 3 times as much, but now e-books are going to be more expensive than print books. It makes my head hurt. Publishers are so freaking behind the times on this stuff. Instead of fighting the digital readers, they should embrace them, make the books cheaper (since they’re not paying for any of the traditional “book” stuff like paper, binding, shipping, people to stock the books, etc.) and more accessible to digital readers.
And I *LOVE* Apple — but this is just craziness.
Post # 6
That is so crazy. I too don’t understand why they are fighting e-books so much since they have none of the expenses that regular books have which means more money for them!
Post # 7
I don’t get e-books. If I buy an $8 paperback, it can cost as much, if not less!, then the e-book edition. WTF?! That’s just Wrong! I think books are going to go the way of music- the big guys will fight it every step of the way, slamming a lawsuit on every 5 year old and grandma who downloads a book illegally off a file sharing site…and then realize 10 years into the fight the problem isn’t us, its them and their old fashioned pricing models.
This is in many ways like online classes at my university. It costs students MORE to take an online class (with no classroom, heat, sidewalks to maintain, etc) then it does to sign up for traditional face-to-face classes. So working students, busy moms, those trying to improve their skills with little time, basically get screwed.
Also, Rupert Murdoc is a jerk. Plain and simple.
Post # 8
@Rabbit – I totally agree with you. I really like the idea of the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader but I can’t justfiy paying for it and then on top of that paying $9 or so for each book. So I guess I will stick the paper for a little while longer until this all gets straightened out.
Post # 9
I must admit – I didn’t buy the Kindle for the “cheap” e-books, though Amazon has given me some amazing deals (Brand new book only out in hardback for 9$??? Yes please!) I bought it because my husband and I literally cannot fit another book into our house. So we’re slowly converting as much as we can to our Kindles so that when we move, we won’t be taking more books than clothes shoes and kitchenware combined!
Post # 10
Yea I just don’t really see the point of an e-book. Why not carry a real paper book? I don’t think I’d like to spend so much time reading a novel off of a screen.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
@corgitales the kindle uses electronic ink, so it isn’t really like a computer screen at all. I love my kindle, I take it so many places. I’m usually reading several books at once so it’s ultra handy to switch back and forth between them. I love it on the plane, on the train and in a car.
I’m a big library person, so making the switch to the kindle was a little difficult. I still go to the library for certain books I’m unsure about or ones that I don’t want to keep. I really enjoy the my clippings feature and it’s great for book club. The free samples they send are dangerous, because often I get so sucked in that I buy the book (like the entire true blood series, whoopsies!). I also download so many of the classics, even though I have beautiful versions of them at home. I wouldn’t want to take it in the plane/train/car with me – it could be ruined! So I love having the kindle that is so diverse. I also like that I have the constitution and declaration of independence on hand at all times, it can be so useful in arguments sometimes. Except that I become that annoying person who whips out the constitution and demands that you show me where it says what you’re saying it says. But hey, whatever it takes to win the argument (usually with my grandfather).
If I hadn’t won my kindle at my work office party I don’t know if I’d have one. But now that I do? It’s the friggen love of my life (i mean, behind Mr.D and my pets).
And I don’t want to pay more than $9.99 for an e-book. I don’t even like to pay that sometimes! I personally don’t mind paying more if the author is alive and can reap the benefits, if they’ve passed? well, sometimes I feel a little pissy about that…
Post # 12
I can’t take sides on this one. I love Amazon and LOOOVE Apple. In my mind they will forever peacefully coexist.
Post # 13
I “love” apple and “hate” the iPad.
What really sucks though is that I like the kindle BECAUSE it reads like a book. The glossy, bright, “computer screen” iPad is NOT reader friendly.
Post # 14
Just got a Sony reader from FIs mom over the holidays, and I’m excited to use it on some upcoming trips with some LONG flights. I’ll be sad if the prices of the e-books go up though 🙁 Other than that I am a huge Apple fan.
Post # 15
@rabbit – my school does the same thing, WTF?? I hate that we have to pay more, granted its not much more (at least at my school), but still why are we paying more when we’re using less resources??
Post # 16
The Kindle is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s so easy on the eyes compared to reading off a laptop. Although, the only thing I’d miss is the “book smell.” I know, I’m weird like that.
I think Amazon’s prices are fair. How much does he think they should sell for?! It’s an electronic copy, it’s gotta be less expensive.