Here’s how it normally works.
I browse book blogs and find something that I like.
I go to audible.com or amazon’s kindle site and I buy it, usually for less than $10 (I have a 24 book membership with audible.)
I’m a self-confessed book junkie. I buy more books than I have time to read. I’m not hard to sell to.
Here’s how it worked this time.
It’s 176 pages long, which is fine for a short story collection. I was ready to buy with one click.
Audible didn’t have it so I went to Kindle.
Kindle asked me for $18.44… for a digital copy of a 176 page book.
Expecting an error, I checked more closely and saw Amazon would sell me the paperback for $9.92
In other words, Amazon want to charge me 85% MORE for the ebook than the paperback.
This is why I don’t have a copy of “Kevin Kramer Starts On Monday”.
What I don’t understand is why on earth Amazon thinks this makes sense.
In May 2017 it was reported that sales of ebooks fell by 17% while physical book sales rose by 8%. All kinds of fancy reasons were given. I wonder how much is simply attributable to Amazon experimenting with how high they can push ebook prices.
I will NEVER pay more for an ebook than for the cheapest available new print copy
Thirteen months later…
I just bought a new copy of “Kevin Kramer Starts Tomorrow” from Kindle.
The price… $1.14