My big problem with ebooks is that I can’t afford them LOL, but a couple of days ago I saw this post, over at The Book Binge, and this ebookwise looks pretty interesting and affordable. I’m doing some research on it and will probably buy it after I get home.
In the mean time, Sony has a new ebook reader out; pretty much the same thing as before and just as expensive, both the device and the ebooks. I don’t know how they plan to make a niche for themselves in the market selling at such high prices. I’d rather have a physical book for $6.99 than an ebook for $6.25, or something like that. The cost vs. value on this is pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
Sony has unveiled a new version of its Reader e-book, and the gadget press is respectful, noting that the device is slimmer and has a better screen. But Sony’s e-book still suffers from the same flaw that plagues Amazon’s rumored ebook: A lousy consumer proposition.
Sony is still charging a lot of money ($300) for a device that doesn’t really solve any problem for readers—or provide a real economic incentive to buy digital books. Sony’s Connect store does offer some books at a discount—a bundle of 3 titles from Dean Koontz’ back-catalog go for $19—but most titles are priced close to the physical product. Sony is selling a digital version of Bridge Of Sighs, Richard Russo’s new novel, for $14.36—just an 11% discount of off Amazon’s $16.17 hardcover price. If Sony, Amazon, or anyone else is going to make ebooks work, they’re going to need to solve the pricing problem. Otherwise the gadgets will remain a novelty item.
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