Kindle Book Pricing And Document Titles
Amazon's Kindle 2 has been announced, and I ordered one. It's missing a few features that I would have liked, but I don't want to have to wait another year for the next version.
Several of my Excel books are available in Kindle editions. The price differential is much less than I would have thought. For example:
So you save only $2.64 by getting the electronic version. You'll also save on shipping, since Kindle books are delivered electronically, free.
But guess what else...
CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
The CD that comes with the paperback book includes a PDF version of the book. Unfortunately, Kindle does not support PDF files directly. The PDF file can be converted, but I suspect that the conversion is less than optimal.
Something else caught my attention at Amazon's site:
Notice the HTML SUP (superscript) markup tag? There are at least 100 other Kindle books that have these tags in their title.
A friend sent me a photo of his Kindle displaying the sample version of my book:
Yep, the erroneous markup tags appear in the header of every page! And the "registered" symbol isn't even rendered. I hope that's only in the sample file, not the actual file.
I wonder if anyone even looks at these documents after they are Kindlized?
- Reader Comments -
Following are comments in response to this item.
The most recent comment is at the bottom.
- By Tim Mayes. Comment posted 11 February, 2009 3:03pmJohn, I hope that you will a review after you get it. I was going to buy one yesterday, but then I started looking at it more closely. The first thing that worried me is the 6" diagonal screen. That seems kind of small, but I guess it isn't too bad. Then, I started looking at prices. The best seller's for $9.99 always gets the headlines, but many other books are barely cheaper than the dead-tree versions. Even older books (fiction) that are in paperback aren't much less expensive than actual books (maybe $1.50 less).
Even after all of the great things that I've heard about Kindle, I just don't think that I can pay $350 for one without learning more.
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