U.S. sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices

  • Article by: PETE YOST , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 11, 2012 - 11:31 PM

WASHINGTON - The government says avid best-seller readers who use electronic books have been getting ripped off. Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants," Tim Tebow's "Through My Eyes" and Keith Richards' `"Life" — maybe they should have cost less.

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mlaudenslageApr. 11, 1210:29 AM

The hardest part for me as an avid ebook reader is that many books are more expensive to get digitally than the actual book itself! Why is it that an electronic file which needs no trees, not labor, no shipping and no warehouse space cost more than a physical book?!? With several e-reading devices in the house, I may go back to real books.

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gcrileyApr. 11, 1210:50 AM

mlaudenslage Apr. 11, 12 10:29 AM The hardest part for me as an avid ebook reader is that many books are more expensive to get digitally than the actual book itself! Why is it that an electronic file which needs no trees, not labor, no shipping and no warehouse space cost more than a physical book?!? With several e-reading devices in the house, I may go back to real books. -- That is why I use the library where i checkout ebooks. Its free!!!!!!!

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dflpartyApr. 11, 1211:15 AM

This is another example of the Obama administration trying to destroy a successful American business.

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formergopApr. 11, 1211:18 AM

This is why there is regulations.

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srgtslotterApr. 11, 1211:20 AM

slam by gcriley

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annaamApr. 11, 1211:27 AM

I noticed that Kindle books went up considerably in price when the iPad came out. While it does take some time to prepare a book in an electronic format, there is no reason why it would cost more than a printed copy. And once it is inthat format, it doesn't have to get redone as you have in printed copies where new books are printed and shipped. There are some books I just never purchase. $15.99 is a lot to pay for an eBook. I just wait for it to come down in price or don't buy it.

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mongoose32Apr. 11, 1211:44 AM

"Why is it that an electronic file which needs no trees, not labor, no shipping and no warehouse space cost more than a physical book?!?" -- You're paying for the convenience of being able to download any book at will; whenever, wherever. Once you figure in your time & cost of transportation to go buy a book it probably comes out about even or slightly in your favor.

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bpampsApr. 11, 1212:08 PM

I think its funny how people come to such a simple conclusion that that because it is an ebook it has to be cheaper than a physical book. Obviously these are the ignorant type of people who do not look at the whole picture. I work in the publishing industry and I can tell you that ebooks have a higher fixed cost than a physical book. Therefore ebooks must sell more copies just to break even. There is plenty of electronic infrastructure required to get an ebook from where it is stored onto an e-reader. It seems some people think digital distribution is free. Additionally, brick and mortar stores place orders for books so the publishers know how many books to print and distribut. This also means the publisher receives payment for the books when they arrive at the store and not when purchased by the consumer. In an ebook format, the publisher only receives payment when the books are purchased by the consumer. Thank you for allowing me to laugh at many of you for your ignorant comments.

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AirForceGuyApr. 11, 1212:13 PM

"You're paying for the convenience of being able to download any book at will; whenever, wherever. Once you figure in your time & cost of transportation to go buy a book it probably comes out about even or slightly in your favor." ---- I am going to go ahead and challenge that assertion. Time is relative, not absolute. If time was universally measurable (like money is) you MAY have a point. But it isn't, so you don't. Some people may consider riding a bike, for example, 10 miles to a book store as relaxation...on par with sitting around on one's lazy butt coughing up money for an e-book. A book that, mind you, is not permanently yours. I can buy a paper book and keep it until the day I die. You can keep e-books forever only IN THEORY. You simply paid for access to words. You can give a physical book to another person to read, too. You can't do that with an e-book. Everyone has to pay for access to it. But you can spend your time and money on whatever you want. I'm just saying that your argument is seriously flawed.

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gpayerApr. 11, 1212:16 PM

Annan wrote "While it does take some time to prepare a book in an electronic format." I don't believe this. I saw downloaded an ebook from the web that was in a PDF (PDF can be created from pretty much any word processing software). Then to get it on my Kindle Fire, I ran it through some free software that made it into an EPUB file for the Kindle. Hard time believing that they don't have an automated system to create their ebooks. The only cost of an ebook is author labor, small amount of overhead for systems and software, and marketing costs. It is ridiculous that these publishers claim they aren't making any money off of them. That being said, I don't really agree with the government interference here. The market will correct these things when there are at least two or more competing sources (Amazon v Apple).

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