It’s quite common to hear people complaining about the price of ebooks, especially when it comes to popular best selling titles.
It’s not unusual to find an ebook priced higher than its paper book counterpart. For example, the #3 most read book on Amazon Charts right now, The Late Show by Michael Connelly, is priced at $14.99 for the Kindle ebook, but the hardcover is only $12.17.
Some people argue that ebooks should naturally be less expensive because there is no cost to print the book, there’s no cost of paper, and no shipping expenses.
Those are good points but there are some advantages to ebooks as well.
Like the fact that they don’t wear out over time, they don’t take up physical space like paper books, ebooks are more portable and customizable, etc.
So in some ways you can make the argument either way, but one big difference with ebooks is that you can’t resell them or give them away like paper books.
Often times ebooks are priced lower than paper book copies, but newer titles from big publishers can get pretty pricey. Amazon used to push to get Kindle ebooks priced at $9.99 or less, but lots of popular titles from big publishers cost upwards of $14.99 these days.
So what do you think? Should ebooks cost less than paper books?