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Old January 6 2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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eBook prices getting stupid

Why is it some Star Trek eBook prices are getting stupid?

Reap the Whirlwind $15.29.
The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 1 $18.02
Rosetta $13.66
Missing in Action $12.54
Burning Dreams $12.56
Seeds of Rage $10.92
Demands of Honor $10.92
Dominion and Ferenginar $12.02
Unspoken truth $13.66
A Fury Scorned $10.37

These are prices from BooksOnBoard who has the lowest prices. You'll find all of these even higher at Amazon. Who (at S&S) actually thinks these prices are reasonable. And these are not all the stupid prices, just some.
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Old January 6 2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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look forward to it getting even worse as the physical book market winds down.
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Old January 6 2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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And then they act surprised when people opt for bootleg copies...
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Old January 6 2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Good thing agency pricing is gone, eh?
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Old January 6 2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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It is because those are rare editions - hard to duplicate the electrons.
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Old January 6 2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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Re: eBook prices getting stupid

It looks to me like these are all titles whose mass-market edition is out-of-print, and S&S is tying the ebook price to their print-on-demand edition instead.
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Old January 6 2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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Yet another reason why I almost always stick to public libraries these days...
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Old January 6 2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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"A Fury Scorned" commanding more than $10? I'm pretty sure that I could find a copy at a used book store for $2-$5. (Not to mention that the book originally came out 17 years ago.)
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Old January 6 2013, 09:10 PM   #9
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If I had to guess, I'd say that Trek books appeal to an increasingly select market and the sellers have to increase the price in order to make their money back, knowing that Trek fans will pay the extra, however reluctantly.

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It is because those are rare editions - hard to duplicate the electrons.
+1. It's the overheads.
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Old January 6 2013, 10:21 PM   #10
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Re: eBook prices getting stupid

Wereghost wrote: View Post
If I had to guess, I'd say that Trek books appeal to an increasingly select market and the sellers have to increase the price in order to make their money back, knowing that Trek fans will pay the extra, however reluctantly.

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It is because those are rare editions - hard to duplicate the electrons.
+1. It's the overheads.
It's nothing to do with overhead. It's what ATimson said.

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It looks to me like these are all titles whose mass-market edition is out-of-print, and S&S is tying the ebook price to their print-on-demand edition instead.
The thing is, all this is going to do is drive away customers. People aren't going to pay that much for eBooks that old. And yes, they might turn to the dark side to find them. The people in charge at S&S who decided to tie the eBook prices t the print-on-demand prices should be fired. This is going to hurt the Trek line big time for people who are newish to Trek books. They'll see these stupid prices and not bother.
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Old January 6 2013, 10:45 PM   #11
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Wereghost wrote: View Post
If I had to guess, I'd say that Trek books appeal to an increasingly select market and the sellers have to increase the price in order to make their money back, knowing that Trek fans will pay the extra, however reluctantly.

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It is because those are rare editions - hard to duplicate the electrons.
+1. It's the overheads.
He was being sarcastic
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Old January 6 2013, 10:50 PM   #12
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^ Facetious - as was I.
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Old January 6 2013, 11:28 PM   #13
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When a new Trek book is released, buy it then (be it eBook or pBook), don't wait because once it's out-of-print, the price is going to rise significantly now that S&S knows how to legally raise the price.
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Old January 6 2013, 11:30 PM   #14
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^ Facetious - as was I.
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Old January 7 2013, 02:12 AM   #15
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Re: eBook prices getting stupid

I don't mind paying a little more for e-books, but damn those are starting to push it even for me.

I was looking around at Trek e-books for the Nook, and there are other older books that are only $5.99US. Then some other older books are $8.99US. I haven't been able to figure out if there is a system to it, or it is completely random.
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