Jul 2, 2010

The e-book revolution's daunting challenge

The e-book revolution is supposedly upon us. But here's the current reality, which reveals a major disconnect:


I wish to put my eyes on a copy of The Big Lie in anticipation of its author's upcoming appearance at Camp David (DND Saratoga Weekend) in August (a gathering of the east coast M&A industry's movers and shakers).

My Choices:

1. The Kindle version (e-book, delivered thru the air) is listed at $14.66, marketed as a significant savings from the new/hardcover price.

2. A Used/Like New hardcover copy of the same is available for $1.99. After S&H, it can arrive at my door for a total cost of $5.98.


Once a significant inventory of bought-read-used hard copy versions of the book are on the market, the e-book versions are at a tremendous cost disadvantage.

The e-books' current opportunity exists only during the early months of Current Releases (prior to the inventory of used copies hitting).

The e-book's future (or better: hoped-for) opportunity is when hard copy versions disappear completely. But that's a big IF; a big gamble.

We shall see ...

Either way, I'd hate to have my family fortunes tied up in a storefront book shop enterprise.


1 comment:

Richard Nixon's Bastard Son said...

You have to weigh the cost vs. the immediate delivery benefit.

You're right, though. For most, the substantial price difference makes all the difference unless someone desires a just-published yesterday title.