"The Czar" wrote:Sure, and by all means, I'm willing to pay him for it. I'm willing to pay his publisher for the trouble to format the book, edit it, and put it on amazon (although quite frankly, this is now a pretty simple process). What I'm not willing to pay for is for a bunch of stuff that they don't do in the e-book format, like buying paper, printing the book, cutting the pages, binding it, shipping it to stores, etc. Charging the same for an ebook as for a print book is just greedy and insulting to my intelligence.
I agree but I have read numerous times that for major publishers, the actual print and binding costs per book are something like less than $1, especially for mass market paperbacks. For indie publishers who can't print in the volumes that traditional publishers can, the cost per book is much more - which is why they often are more expensive in print yet far less expensive on ebook.
So I think that a lot of ebooks prices do indeed reflect the subtraction of printing costs. Not all, but many.
What gets on my nerves is ebooks which are MORE expensive than the (new) print version. Fortunately, that is not the case for plenty of the books I want to read but the more traditional publishers do this, the more indie books I find to read instead.