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Haven't read it yet, so what's my Big Message?
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
When I looked at Amazon's prices for the various formats of "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" I thought my eyes deceived me. I looked a second time, more carefully. Yes, no doubt about it. Here was a brand new book, an instant best-seller, by a very popular author, and the latest in one of the most popular crime fiction series ever written. But something seemed out of whack. Could this be? The Kindle price was higher than the Hardbound price! Outrageous! Perhaps it's happened before....but this is the first time I've seen such pricing. Perhaps it's a test to see just how far publishers can go (Amazon says their prices are set by the publishers). Well, if that's the case then my answer is "too far", "straw that broke the camel's back" etc etc etc.
For the past couple of years since the settlement of some shameful legal cases highlighting this industry's pricing sins, the consumer's cost of e-books has been inching up, up, up. Meanwhile the quality - namely typos, lack of universal page numbering, missing pages, and other - has been incredibly poor. Not a product line to be proud of. But enough is enough. What to do!?
I buy over 150 books a year and I'm BOYCOTTING. I'm not buying another ebook over $9.99. Let this industry try to make a profit selling hardbounds. I can still read hardbounds; I did it for 40 years before ebook readers. And let's see.....how many major national bookstore chains are still in existence? One, is it? And how much money can electronic retailers make delivering single copies of a hardbound.....? Maybe it's time to re-think that pricing strategy, guys.