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Noticed that as well on the "Lost Tribe of the Sith".

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i think amazon should set the prices, then refuse to carry titles that don't comply. with the way ebook are taking off, and the fact that the kindle is dominating the nook, it wont take long for publishers/authors to cave. those that still refuse will feel the pinch. the book/movie/tv/music industries need to understand that once the cost associated with producing the book/cd/dvd/ and distributing it go away, and all we're doing is downloading data, we expect a better deal than what htey are trying to give us. those that refuse to adapt to teh times, can die out as far as i'm concerned.

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This has been happening for some time. It started shortly after all the major publishers switched to an agency model, where they set the price and the seller just gets a cut.
It is mostly to shortcut the questions and objections to the absolutely asinine prices that result. For example: I want to read the Game of Thrones series, but (for several reasons) I only want the ebook. Amazon sells the paperback series, complete, for $20.50, with free shipping for me (I have prime). The ebook, which in addition to being inherently worth less (due to not having the Right of First Sale), is $29.99. This clearly makes no sense at all. That is why on that page it has the tag "This price was set by the publisher." It is also why I'm not buying either.

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@wilfbrim: as much as i stand by what i said above, what you said made me think. if Amazon did refuse to carry the pricy titles like that, the negative customer feedback would be overwhelming. "why cant i read game of thrones on my kindle!?!?" and similar complaints would come streaming in. but on the flip side, i wonder how much the GOT publisher has made off kindle sales so far? I wonder if the kindle GOT sales (or lack thereof is amazon refused to carry it) would be enough to make the publisher cave or if amazon would cave first. either way, i'm tired of these ancient dinosaur companies with their archaic business models trying to wring every penny out of us for a product that is not worth what they are charging.

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This whole situation is pretty fascinating... I can't help but feel like there's really no "good guy" in this situation. Give this article a read for a recent update on the situation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/business/media/amazon-to-cut-e-book-prices-shaking-rivals.html?pagewanted=all

I confess though, I do love Amazon/Kindle. I'll be interested in seeing where this goes; I love getting my textbooks in electronic form when possible, but certainly not if the price isn't much different than its obscenely-expensive print counterpart.

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In short: No, not new. Amazon is NOT to blame. IMO, Apple is the culprit.

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@heyjoie: Thanks for the article, I hadn't read it. For those who think that Amazon & the Kindle (1st mainstream stand-alone e-reader device) are to blame for the demise of brick & mortar book stores - they might be right to an extent. But that's been coming for a long time. People would rather watch TV or rent movies, etc. than read a book. The advent of TV changed what everyone did in their leisure time, didn't it?

The Kindle sparked a new interest in the pleasure of reading. ...Made it easy and cheap (at the time) to get a book. Prices increased because of the (IMO) collusion to set prices between the large book publishers & Apple.

Also, there's been a controversry from the beginning about e-books - you can't resell them, loan them to friends, etc. It's a different concept. One I embrace. Love my Kindles AND by hardbound book library.

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it's sortof good that they have the option of standing by their set price even if it means loss of sales. it made me think of the Walmart comparison where walmart will set a price they want to pay for an item and tell the suppliers it's either that or their item won't be stocked at any Walmarts

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@gmwhit: I agree with you completely. People love to rail against Amazon for "destroying bookstores," but that's not really a big picture view, as you point out. While I enjoy visiting bookstores, I love being able to sit down with my Kindle, finish a good book, and then with a few clicks purchase another from the same author. I buy (and read!) WAY more books now than I did before because of my Kindle, and I get sick of hearing people discuss ebooks like they're not a wonderful thing for readers.

Of course, now I'm kind of going off on my own tangent here, so I'll shut up. :)