Once upon a time, you could count on ebooks being cheaper than their print counterparts, if only by a few dollars. This was always reassuring. Over the last few months, I have noticed that Kindle ebooks are more expensive than paperbacks now.
I have never been a fan of paying more than five dollars for an ebook, especially when the ebook price is a few dollars short of the print book price. I would rather have the physical book. I have paid more than five dollars for ebooks (college textbooks or a book I really wanted), but I do not do it often.
Let me begin by listing the prices (USD) of different books. The prices listed are from Amazon on January 31, 2017.
|City of Bones by Cassandra Clare||$12.59||$8.53||$9.99|
|The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins||$16.56||$9.68||$9.99|
|Heartless by Marissa Meyer||$11.85||$5.89||$9.99|
|Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly||$13.99||$9.59||$10.99|
|Landline by Rainbow Rowell||$17.38||$9.51||$9.99|
|Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult||$16.80||$9.52||$11.99|
|Paper Towns by John Green||$12.75||$7.99||$9.99|
The books I listed show an average $1.75 difference between the paperback and ebook, but I do not want to pay more for an ebook than a paperback. I am one of those weird people who would rather own a physical book instead of keep it in cloud storage. I know ebooks are convenient in accessibility and storage, but I would rather have the real book.
What makes ebooks more expensive than paperbacks? BooksAvenue answered this question in 2013. In sum, the publisher either chooses the price or forces the retailer to set a higher price so both can make money. I understand that everyone involved wants to make money, but I would like to save mine.
I wonder if this is the start of a shift to make ebooks more expensive or cheaper. BooksAvenue says that ebook prices have been dropping, as of 2013, and that there has been an issue for quite some time of ebooks costing more than paperbacks. I haven’t personally witnessed this, so I wonder if the prices are going to climb.
Would you rather pay more for an ebook than a physical book? Do you think that ebook prices are generally going up or going down? If you read ebooks that are not formatted for Kindle, have you noticed prices like the ones above or are they lower than print book prices?