Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bringing some sense to ebook pricing

My favorite ebook format is eReader (now ultimately owned by Barnes & Noble), and they've announced some nice pricing initiatives over at, which should help to bring some sanity to ebook pricing: has the most competitive pricing in the industry, including:
  • All new titles are $9.95 or less for the first week after release at
  • After one week, all new titles are set to the publisher list price but will not exceed $12.95.
  • No title is priced over $12.95.
  • All titles on the New York Times best seller list at eReader are $9.95. The New York Times best seller list at eReader is updated every week.
  • All titles receive 15% eReader Rewards.
Note: These special offer price limits do not apply to multi-title bundles, subscriptions, and non-eBook products.
And, yup, my Wake, which is a $25 hardcover, is just $12.95 there, and my Hugo Award-winning Hominids is just $5.99.

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At July 03, 2009 1:00 PM , Blogger Ron Friedman said...

Can we, the readers, have autographed copies of your e-books?

At July 03, 2009 1:05 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

One of the things I like about the eReader format is that, in fact, you CAN: the format allows the author to open up a full-screen graphics page in each book, and write an autograph, and a personal message, with a stylus. It's very cool!

At July 03, 2009 4:45 PM , Blogger Eve said...

I was completely prepared to write a very grumpy note about eReader. My beef is that they don't have an eReader for Linux--any flavour of Linux! And Linux is my OS of choice.

Just before I fired off that grumpy note, I decided to see if I could get eReader to run under Crossover (wine). Yup! It took me a few minutes to figure out how to point it to my library, but it's all good.

Now here's hoping I can make it work on my eee-pc

At July 03, 2009 9:53 PM , Blogger Kirstin said...

Eve, have you tried FBReader? It should have come installed on your EEE, under "Multimedia." If so, can you tell me if it works with protected e-books?

At July 05, 2009 12:33 AM , Blogger .e. Jim Shannon said...

I'm seriously considering the Iphone because it has an ereader app but I don't know how good it is.

At July 05, 2009 3:16 PM , Blogger Eve said...

Kristen, I removed the factory installed verson of Xandros Linux from my eee-pc and installed Ubuntu-eee. FbReader works just fine, but will not support any proprietory e-books, which includes those from eReader.

However, if you have wine or the professional version, Crossover, you can run eReader's Windows version perfectly.


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