Originally Posted by havenOriginally Posted by haven
Okay, personally I really like my Kindle, but I cringe every time a book I want exceeds $6.99. I don't mind paying $7 for it, but when it creeps up to $9.99 or higher, I seriously hesitate, and often don't buy the book. Instead, I go to the excellent little used book store near my house and pay $3.50 for something with more permanence.
If books are going to escalate in price to over $10, I just don't see myself "buying" them in a traditional sense. E-books (the material, not the device) are basically single use products. A solution is going to have to be found where people can rent, exchange, or group buy books under some sort of fractional ownership model.
I suspect the format war is going to be instrumental in all this. I note that they all read PDF. Someone is going to figure out a way to convert these formats to open source PDF's, and pu them on Torrent sites. I don't support music piracy, because its not single use (who listens to a song just once?). But books are different. By raising their prices, I predict ebook piracy will grow exponentially.
I find this all very depressing.