ebook Dilemma

During the preparation for the last Good Story podcast, my conversion to eBooks was completed. As I read East of Eden on my Kindle, I was able to highlight with ease, and retrieve those highlights with ease. I could search the text for keywords. And I enjoyed being able to read the book without adjusting the light. My Kindle cover has a light on it that works great. My eyes never tired, and I really enjoyed the reading experience.

Yes, there are still things I love about paper books. I can easily pass them on. And I LOVE a good book cover.

I’m glad I like those things because my move toward eBooks has been halted. I realized just now that there’s no way I can justify making the switch complete. Here’s how it went:

I’m looking for a novel that was written in 2007. It’s out in paperback. In my head, I’ve got a $5 price for an eBook as reasonable. When I got to Amazon, though, the price was $10.99. It looks like the book is out in trade paper, so the hard copy is even higher at $14 plus shipping. I then look at half.com – a paperback in great shape is 75 cents plus $2.40 shipping.

Bottom line – if the eBook was $5 I would not have looked further. Sold! The publisher and author (and Amazon) get money.

But an $11 eBook forced me to look around. The result? The owner of this used hard copy gets 75 cents (minus a few pennies for half.com) and the post office gets $2.40. Publisher and author (and Amazon) get zero.

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