Kindle Devotees Rip Rising E-Book Prices

Digital books should cost $10 or less, they say
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2009 6:29 AM CDT
Some Kindle owners are protesting the rise in price of some e-book titles on by placing boycott tags on the books.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – A small but vocal group of Kindle owners has banded together to protest upward-creeping e-book prices, Wired reports. Around 250 disgruntled Kindle devotees have tagged more than 7,200 titles on Amazon priced higher than $10—the most they argue an e-book should cost. "On material items, prices can fluctuate but why would a Kindle book go up in price?" says one.

Those behind the protest argue that an e-book is worth less since it can’t be shared or resold. An industry expert says publishing costs come mostly from “fixed” areas unrelated to shipping or printing, such as editorial and marketing, but that e-publishers will need to ask “what price the market will support, and then build the cost structure that will allow you to make money at that price.”