Surprising Findings About E-Book Prices

by Nate Wooley | October 1, 2012 10:26 am

Surprising Findings About E-Book Prices

Are you paying more than you should for your e-books? It’s possible, a survey of the pricing of e-books in the U.K. found.

The survey, reported in the the Daily Mail[1], found that prices for best-selling books — including J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy — were higher for the electronic rather than the hardback version. The Casual Vacancy is selling for £9 in hardback and £11.99 as an e-book from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN[2]) Other books in the survey include The Chronicles of Downton Abbey and David Mitchell: Back Story as well as others.

The survey comes in the wake of a ruling by the European Union that popular e-book sellers such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[3]) and Amazon had colluded with publishers to keep the pricing of e-books artificially high. The ruling included publishers Harper-Collins, Holtzbrinck, Simon & Shuster and Hachette Livre among others.

In the U.S., Judge Denise Cote ruled on Sept. 6 that e-book prices had been kept artificially high as well.

Other e-book news from InvestorPlace:

E-Book Prices May Fall as Settlements Near in Apple Price-Fixing Case[4]

Print Stays Strong as E-Book Revolution Marches On[5]

Amazon’s E-Books Outsell Hardcovers[6]

Endnotes:
  1. reported in the the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2211111/Amazon-pricing-bestselling-ebooks-higher-discounted-hardbacks.html?ITO=1490
  2. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  3. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  4. E-Book Prices May Fall as Settlements Near in Apple Price-Fixing Case: http://investorplace.com/2012/04/ebook-prices-apple-price-fixing/
  5. Print Stays Strong as E-Book Revolution Marches On: http://investorplace.com/2011/08/print-books-ebooks-amzn-nws-cbs/
  6. Amazon’s E-Books Outsell Hardcovers: http://investorplace.com/2010/07/amazon-e-books-outsell-hardcovers/

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