As I posted here, I was thrilled by the idea of downloading audio books until I went shopping and learned just how pricey they are. I ended up downloading three, and I'm still grumbling about the cost.
M.J. Rose got a new iPod for Christmas, just as I did, and she, too, is stunned by the exorbitant book prices:
So why is my iPod still bookless two weeks post Christmas?
I won't pay the price that's being asked. I won't pay hardcover prices for a digital file. I won't even pay trade paperback prices. I believe that a digital book should cost about the same as a paperback.
Tomorrow I'm going to go to the library, take out three or four audio books for free and download them myself onto my iPod.
So publishers will be out three or four potential sales.
Wouldn't getting $4.99 a download have been better than a no dollar download?
I believe I'll be heading to the library this week, too. Oh, I won't keep the files, and I certainly won't share them with anyone; my conscience would never let me get away with that. I'll just listen to the books once and then delete them, as I did with the three audio books I paid for.
I won't be purchasing any more audio books. I'm so disgusted with the whole racket that I'm not planning to browse the online stores again until somebody assures me that the prices have come down.