Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!
This week’s Stop & Chat top was submitted by Tyhada Reads! Thank you for the topic ma’am.
You want how much?! But it’s a e-book!
How many of you have said these exact same words while perusing Amazon/Barnes & Noble/iBooks/Kobo/etc? If you won’t admit it, I’ll admit it for you. Every single time you come across an ebook that’s the same amount as the physical book you say this. Every time you see that price of 10 bucks or higher you say it. And guess what? That isn’t going to change. Which pisses me off and makes me sad all at once.
But I know some people don’t mind paying the same amount for a e-book as a paperback. I know a lot of people are reading this post and saying:
“But Octavia! You get it instantly! You can carry them around easier, and you save money on shipping!”
And while all of this stuff is true (somewhat) it’s not enough! When Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke, first came out I scrambled to iBooks (whom I had a $10 gift card for) to buy it. And do you know what I saw? This!
10.99?! Have you lost your damn mind?!
So of course I cursed up a storm and just grabbed the HARDBACK copy from B&N for…wait for it…
13.81!!! 13 flipping 81! And guess what? I got that price IN STORE (yay coupons), so it was in my hands IMMEDIATELY.
Um hm. Sorry about my outburst there, I just hate this! Renae of Respiring Thoughts recommended The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway, and I legitimately wanted to give it a shot. Until I saw this bit of craziness:
Maybe I’m the only one that has a failed attempt at a money tree in her backyard, but I just can’t afford this. I know some people prefer ebooks because it’s a space saver, but for me if I’m going to spend 12 bucks on a e copy, I may as well spend the extra 2 bucks and stroke the cover while I fall asleep. Because I rather have my physical books take over my house inch by inch than to spend a fortune in ebooks, that I can’t pet, gawk at, lend out (I know some can but not all) or read when I’ve forgotten the damn e-reader charger at home when I’m 700 miles away!
So what are your thoughts? Do you think these e-book prices are getting a bit extreme or are you neutral because at least you get the book? Leave your thoughts in the comments!