Why again do we need the government to intervene and tell us who can set the price of something? E-books aren't something necessary for life and could really be considered luxury items perhaps.
When Simon and Schuster tried to charge almost $30 for a recent Stephen King title, I balked at it.
Sure, I wanted to read it, but when other publishers are setting the price of their e-books at $9.99 and less, I saw this as just greed.
Some publishers seem to forget that there are other alternatives to buying
an ebook. This Stephen King title was available for free from my library. Sure, it is convenient, but to me there is definitely a balance between convenience and economics.
If it had been more reasonably priced I certainly would have purchased it, but instead they made absolutely nothing. I merely borrowed this book from my library and then returned it.
I also still regularly share physical copies of books with friends.
Now, I'm not just kissing up because this is an original +Tim O'Reilly
post, but his company seems to have figured this out. Buying direct from them is actually on par and sometimes cheaper than going with Amazon and others. They also give you pretty much every format you can imagine. I often have a book on my ipad, kindle, and computer so that I can refer to it wherever it is most convenient. Kudos to +O'Reilly
publishing for treating the consumer fairly and not like criminals.