Posted Aug 4, 2012 11:40 UTC (Sat) by nix
In reply to: Reader devices
Parent article: The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
Bzzz, the retail markup itself is normally around 50% of the cover price of the book.
The figures I've seen suggest 30% each for distributor and retailer.
but even if you were right, that's still not an excuse for the e-books costing MORE than the paper versions.
True enough -- at least if by 'the paper version' you mean the hardback. Not all books sell well enough to come out in paperback: the publisher relies on the high price of the hardbacks to make back their costs (at least UK publishers do and I can't imagine it's significantly different in the US). Small- or slow-selling books, including a lot of technical works, can be expected to remain quite costly even in ebook form.
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