Welcome to another feature of Tea and Biscuits, where we discuss topics about books!!
This week I want to talk about book prices and lately I have noticed that there is much controversy on this topic and I wanted to shout out my two cents worth. Before e-readers came along, I had no problem purchasing a book at full price which was usually between 5.99 and 7.99. Now depending on the country you lived in, the prices could go up or down. For example in Canada, the prices would be around 7.99-9.99 and Australia and the UK would be a bit more than that. Then the explosion of e-readers and e books came along. At first most books were similar prices with the paperback editions. But that has changed hasn’t it? Now E books are normally way cheaper than paperbacks by 5-6 dollars. Now is this good or bad? it depends on who you talk to.
For myself, in all honesty, I enjoy reading paperbacks and hardbacks way more than e-books by quite a big amount. I used to just love e-books, because of how convenient they are, cheaper prices and I could read my books anywhere I turned. But I realized that there was something I was missing out of reading and reading e-books in my mind can take away a certain tactile experience that you will only find in a printed book. The feel of paper pages in your hand, the scent of printed paper, the full spectrum of the cover. Lately, I have been pondering this, and I have started to buy more printed books than e books. In fact its been a couple months since I have even purchased an e-book. I have put all my budget for books into purchasing printed books. Now in my mind I like to look at comparison of prices. I have noticed that on some books e-books are more expensive than the printed formats???? Does that even make sense at all? Not in my mind. Then you go to the other side of the spectrum and I look at prices of some e-books and (maybe this is bad of me as a book buyer) but I think the price should be higher. When I see a book from an author that is (STELLAR AMAZING), and a full-length novel is only .99 or 1.99. Then novellas are more expensive—huh?? So confused at times the prices that are decided. And frankly the authors that write these amazing works….are suffering bad from it. Then you have some authors where the books is $10 or more, and aren’t as good as authors that have their books selling for almost $10 cheaper. Is that fair to those authors?? Although there are times when an e book and printed format book are the same price—then I instantly buy the printed. I feel I get more from a printed book than I do with a e book.
So if you want to buy a printed book, which place is the best way to go when purchasing them? At a physical book store, where you can have the book instantly, with no wait on shipping. I like Barnes and Noble, since that is the only book store around but they don’t always have what I need so I always call them ahead of time to verify that they have what I am looking for. But then you have Book Depository, Amazon, Books A Million, Indie Books and many other online book sellers you can go to. Book Depository and Books A Million are my go to options. I get free shipping with both of them. Book Depository is based in London, so they always do free shipping (no matter which country you live in) so that is always a plus. One trick I do when comparing prices is I look at the regular site and then the UK site, and sometimes the price will go down a dollar or two at times. I hardly ever use Amazon unless I am buying an audiobook with their whisper sync. I don’t have prime, and I hate having to pay for shipping with them. Books A Million I like quite a bit, I have a membership with them so I get free shipping and you can track your books using tracking which is absolutely wonderful and its delivered to your doorstep. Although if its bad weather, I probably would prefer it delivered to my mail box.
Questions For My Readers:
Do you prefer reading E Books or Paperbacks?
Are you content with book prices? Or do you want them to change?
If you buy printed books, what is your favorite seller to use?