Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

This is what’s wrong with ebooks


So lemme get this straight. It costs $8.37 for me to get a book made of paper, laboriously printed on dead trees, shipped across an ocean, put on trucks and planes and delivered to my door. But for me to download an endlessly copied digital file, it costs a $1.62 more. In what universe does this make sense?

And, yes, I was looking at "I Will Teach You To Be Rich". I was curious. So?

My point is, newfangled businesses need to be priced fairly if they hope to supplant existing ones. Apple knew this instinctively with the 99 cent song. The first ebook publisher to be successful will not be the one that charges ten bucks for a digital copy.

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