That's the question that I'm poising to you today.
I'm still not 100% comfortable with e-readers. I'm trying, because e-books just seem to be more environmentally sound than paper books. I say "seem" because not everyone is convinced that e-books are any greener than regular books. That's a subject for some far more intelligent than I.
But just as my instincts shout that they "seem" to be greener, those same instincts also shout that e-books should be cheaper. A whole lot cheaper. And that just isn't true at all.
I've been tearing through the Jack Reacher books from Lee Child recently. The first few I purchased from the Kindle Store on Amazon for $9.99 apiece. Like I said, I'm still not 100% comfortable with e-readers. We own a Kindle, an iPad and I have a Kindle application on my laptop. The Kindle itself is the only one I kinda like, but even that doesn't feel as good as a real book in my hands.
So the next volume I went on Amazon to purchase, I wound up in their Books section rather than the Kindle department. And you know what I found? They were selling paperback versions of the same books for $9.99. The SAME PRICE as the Kindle edition!!! And I'm an Amazon Prime member, so I don't pay anything for 2-day shipping. So it really is the same price.
That makes absolutely zero sense to me. To repeat, it should be cheaper. A whole lot cheaper. I don't get it. Do any of you? Are any of you as pissed as I am about this pricing structure? It really is infuriating.
And before any of you suggest it, I know...I could borrow the book for free from my local library. Yes, that is the best solution of them all. I get it.
But in the specific question of buying books new or buying the Kindle edition, where do you stand?