Okay, I can still hear the bad karaoke singing in my head and I'm still a little woozy from coming back from my son's wedding, so this entry may have more spelling and grammatical errors than usual. Bear with me, please.
Okay: link to ebook pricing article on Dear Author.
My first woozy thought was, "Ha! Ha! Didn't fool me!"
Then I realized today wasn't April 1st.
The best thing I can say about these people making the pricing decisions for ebooks is that they do not learn anything from the mistakes made by the music industry in the last few years in their hamfisted attempts to even get into their heads that people will not buy digital products at a bloated price. Then again, already that thread is in danger of being infested with authors complaining about piracy and readers announcing to all that they do not read ebooks at all (want a medal with that?), which could easily lead to the derailing of the topic at hand. I hope not.
Anyway, I will not buy ebooks at hardcover prices. Of course not, don't be ridiculous. Do these people think I'm crazy when the print book with the same content is available for $7.99? Do they think their precious DRM come with some kind of special effects that make it worth the hardcover pricing? Unlike digital music, digital books are not fun to read. Yes, yes, some people have a Kindle, whoo-pee-doo, good for them, the 1% of the 1% of people who actually read ebooks, but for the rest of the folks who don't use an ereader for whatever purposes, there is little choice other than to read on the PC. So, why would I pay for a hardcover when I buy a cheaper print book that I can hold in my hands and read at leisure again?
It doesn't make sense. The whole thing doesn't make sense.
And any justifications made are ridiculous. Insulting even. I'd rather they stop making ebooks altogether than to treat me like an idiot and ask me to pay more for an ebook when the print book is so much cheaper. I don't care if their DRM thing drives up the cost - that's their problem, not mine. I'm still not buying any ebook that costs that much.
They can blame the pirates of the Caribbean, they can blame readers, they can say whatever, but I am still not buying those stuff and I suggest they stop wasting everyone's time and just stop putting out ebooks if they insist on charging hardcover prices for ebooks.