Much to my surprise, I clicked on the Borders UK website this morning, and saw a category for ebooks. My response:
‘Oooo, finally! This is good. More selection perhaps for us UK buyers.’
*Scrolls down for the romance section, and clicks*
‘Noooooooo! Why Borders, why? Why do you do a Waterstones, and not offer genre romances, and put out chick lit, and women’s fiction as romance?’
*Clicks back dejectedly to the main ebook page, and Epic fail!’
Lees Child’s Nothing to Lose priced at £17.99. WTF?
Not only is it silly, but insane. If you go to the Book Depository, you can get the same book in hardback for £12.09. Tell me, do these corporate business’ think their customers are stupid? Do they know we shop around for the cheapest price, and people who buy ebooks, are probably more than willing to pay cheaper for a hardback, and heck, even cheaper for the paperback version, which is £5.57 at the Book Depos.
I’m using Lee Child as an example. There is Karin Slaughter’s Fractured, £17.99.
On the Whsmith Ebookshop, Fractured is priced at £5.24.
Dear book goddess, don’t these bloody retail super stores actually do research before they put out their price lists. Seriously, I’m actually pinching myself to make sure I’m seeing this correctly, and it’s not my iron supplement pills that are giving me side affects.