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  •  Now that books are manufactured in China (1+ / 0-)
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    the printing and paper costs are dirt cheap - so that's not a factor anymore I suspect.

    •  Still should be cheaper (3+ / 0-)
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      to leave that part, plus storage, transportation, etc out of it. Even if it isn't a huge percentage, there's no reason for e-books to be the same price or more expensive then printed books. Even if it's cheap, it still costs something.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:25:38 AM PST

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      •  The reason is that the largest (0+ / 0-)

        cost in producing a book is paying the author(s), editor(s), galley production people, and that type of thing - not the physical production of the book.

        Thus, whether the cost to produce a book is $1.07 (a "real" book) or $0.00 (for a e-book) that doesn't really factor into the final pricing decisions - which have to account for paying the personnel mentioned in the first paragraph of this post, as well as providing for the all-important profit margins . .. . .

      •  You need to include returns (1+ / 0-)
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        Since the 1930s, publishers ship books to stores under consignment terms: if they don't sell after so many months, the bookstores either ship their covers back (if they're magazines or paperbacks) or the entire book (if they're hardback). This can effectively double the cost bore by every book sold.

        What hurt publishers the most about Border's going under wasn't the loss of its stores, but the credits they had to give against the huge volumes of returns; if I heard the story right, some publishers came close to bankruptcy themselves.

        This only emphasizes your point that eBooks cost far less than print, & they should be priced for less than they are now.

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