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Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 158

Again, I have the opposite viewpoint; if the price of the books were more reasonable, then wouldn't that offset the higher initial price of the e-reader? That seems the more consumer-friendly approach.

Disclaimer: Other than reading the occasional Gutenberg text on an old Palm TX, I don't own an e-reader. With the recent shenanigans by content publishers forcing Amazon to raise their e-book prices, I'm really not interested in even entering the market - no matter what the price of the e-reader. If they gave it away free, (a la mobile phones), I still wouldn't bite the lure. $15.00 for an electronic book is just too much, IMO. Especially when I can get all kinds of dead-tree reading material at the local used bookstore and library. They have plenty available there to keep me occupied for the rest of my life.

Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 158

"... would be willing to pay the same if not slightly higher for ebooks as I would for dead tree books..."

Why? Not trying to troll. Just curious about this statement. Knowing that the cost to produce is significantly lower, (yeah, yeah, I get the 'supply/demand economics' argument), why are you willing to contribute so much more to the supplier's bottom line? Is it all in the convenience factor or is there something else I'm missing?

Help me understand as I have the opposite mind-set; if a thing costs less to produce, it should cost me less to buy it. Otherwise, there is non-free market profiteering going on somewheres, isn't there?

Comment Re:Meh... (Score 1) 376

That's all true. I just find myself in airports without a free connection a lot more often than I find myself at McDonald's. That McD's are offering free wi-fi won't bring me in. Free wi-fi at airports, while not likely to happen for the reasons you mention, would still be much more useful - at least for me.

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