eBooks should not cost more than 99 cents, just like songs. I don't own eBooks, Amazon does. It's just like renting. I don't see any reason to buy an eBook for the same price of a hardcover and yet not have the ownership of the book.
I have to agree with +Swapnil Bhartiya . If I am paying full price for ebooks, I need to know I own them, the same way I own the hardcover or paperback book. I can loan them out, and never think about whether or not Amazon or another company decided I can no longer have that book. I bought and paid for it, it should be mine.
I like e-books I really do. My Nook Tablet goes everywhere with me. But, 1) they often cost too much; 2) I don't trust that they won't vanish on me (I back mine up to try to preserve them) and 3) I can't loan them. I'll be both a book and e-book guy for the rest of my life.
e-books are best for reading a few pages on a city bus if one is so inclined, and generally when travelling. But a well typeset and bound hardcover printed on good paper is almost a work of art in itself, especially when illustrated.
+Steven Vaughan-Nichols How does backing up work as with my wife's Kindle Amazon refuses to open a book and asks her to download again (all annotations remain) So even if you have it back-up when you try to run it the DRMed devices won't let you open the books. While she continues to buy eBook I refuse to do so,
+Swapnil Bhartiya There are DRM strippers for Kindle. I use a Nook myself so I don't know which of these is the best. With a Nook you can also use other formats. Everything I get I convert into EPUB and then with Calibre I can keep a PC-based library and, if needed, load them to my Nook. I should probably do a how-to article on it at some point.
Buying DRMed content means supporting DRM. In any case I won't pay same amount for an eBook when a publisher doesn't have to spend any of that cost in paper, printing, ink. transportation and mail. So with eBooks publishers make more profit whereas I lost everything. So, I am at loss with eBooks. At the same time I also believe eBooks should be complimentary with physical copy. eBooks industry needs to be shaken. This is getting dangerous. It's also controlling culture as Das Capital may disappear to exist completely if Amazon/Nook wishes. BTW after deal with Microsoft I won't touch Nook.
+Swapnil Bhartiya Actually, the physical costs of book production are small in comparison with human-related costs. So the e-book prices are not really going to be much lower than hard copy. In any case, price is decided on what the market will bear, not on costs per se. The real issue being debated here is "do you own the book you have paid for" and what does "own" actually mean....
Surely ownership just means being able to gain full benefit of a thing whenever you want it? Why would you care about anything apart from that? besides, lets say a book is in your possession for 20 years. What fraction of that time is spent actually reading it? What do you do for the rest of the time? Gaze at it longingly?
+george flecknell With DRM, you typically don't have the full benefit of a file whenever or however you want it. In fact, with DRM in place, you typically lose many of the benefits of even physical books, e.g., the ability to share or resell the book.
My band's second EP was recorded and mixed in an extremely prestigious recording studio in 5 days and cost £800. It sold out 2000 disks. Production cost including food and "whatnot" whilst recording = £1000 / 2000 disks sold = 50p per 5 track EP. That is less than $0.99. (EDIT) - forgot pressings etc, another £500. So 1500/2000 = 75 per disk.