How the publishing industry is failing eBook customers

I found an interesting column in today's Telegraph. The author just got an ebook reader, and he's experiencing for the first time the vagaries of trying to find ebooks. Here is an excerpt.

For what makes this something of a disaster is the sheer difficulty of getting hold of books to put onto it. Unless you’re only into modern bestsellers a la Grisham, or pre-copyright classics, you simply won’t be able to find your favourite books on the open market, and will be consigned to precisely the kind of trite dross you bought an ebook to avoid. I couldn’t find any Graham Greene ebooks whatsoever on either the Waterstones website or the Amazon Kindle site, for God’s sake.Omission isn’t the only problem. Even when you’ve found an ebook you want, the price is quite likely (in fact quite probable if my experience is anything to go by) to be more expensive than for the hard copy – despite the fact that distribution costs for the publisher and retailer are near zero. To give it a go, I tried to buy Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book on the crisis, Too Big To Fail. On the Waterstones site it cost £10.49, compared with the £8.99 for the physical edition.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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