Thursday, 10 January 2013

Cost of an Ebook

Is anyone else as confused about the pricing of ebooks as I am?? Recently I bought the ebook of Cassandra Clare's City of Ashes and it was the first time I noticed I was charged full tax on an ebook. I thought this was a bit off, but then I went and looked at the prices for each, and the physical books is less expensive. This to me, is completely ridiculous. Ebooks should be much less expensive than physical books. They do not have to be printed, they do not have to be shipped, they don't have to be stocked, and they don't require an employee to be present to sell them. I am totally in agreement that the author should still be paid for their intellectual property, I'm not disputing that, however how is it possibly justified that an ebook can be more expensive and have more sales tax, when there is so much less costs involved?? Am I missing something here?? Because I seriously feel like I got ripped off. Its things like this that contribute to why piracy is such a problem for books.

Physical Book From Chapters (I am a member, so I would pay $12.63 + 5% sales tax = $13.26)
BOOK: City of Ashes

                       BOOK: City of Ashes

By Cassandra Clare

Trade Paperback
In Stock
  • Online price $13.29
  • Member price $12.63

Same book, in electronic format from Kobo is $12.99 + 13% sales tax = $14.68
City of Ashes By: Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes

1 comment:

  1. Thats ridiculous! I don't buy a lot of ebooks (only sale ones) so I've never really noticed, but I completely agree that they should cost less than actual books. I also think that when you buy a paper book, they should give you an ebook copy, like they do with dvds.