Should ebooks be free or at least much cheaper?

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Re: Should ebooks be free or at least much cheaper?

Post by magnoparisi » 31 May 2019, 09:19

Of course not. The free market should regulate ebooks. The vast majority of libraries now offer popular ebook titles to borrow. What else could you possibly want?

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Post by luz0928 » 31 May 2019, 14:36

I think they should be cheaper than a physical book, but it should show the intelectual worth as well. I mean, in the physical book you need to count the cost of the impression, paper, shipping, etc.
But I don't think an e-book should be free. Maybe just the ones that are free of intelectual property, but there is the project Gutenberg that offers these.

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Post by Dragonsend » 31 May 2019, 21:18

No, they are the property of the writer and they should be governed as such. We sometimes take advantage of the internet but the price really isn't about money but respect to the writers.
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Post by KDJ » 01 Jun 2019, 22:33

luz0928 wrote:
31 May 2019, 14:36
I think they should be cheaper than a physical book, but it should show the intellectual worth as well. I mean, in the physical book you need to count the cost of the impression, paper, shipping, etc.
But I don't think an e-book should be free. Maybe just the ones that are free of intellectual property, but there is the project Gutenberg that offers these.
I agree they should be cheaper than the hard or paperback counterparts. For the most part, I believe they are. Although I would like for them to be free, I understand that realistically they can not be. (For all those reasons. lol) You wrote this way better than I could. :D :D :D :tiphat:
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Post by Nisha Ward » 01 Jun 2019, 23:04

I think they should be cheaper, but it's really up to the writer if they want to make it free or not as work still goes into the making of the ebook, including reformatting it and stuff. Not to mention, it's still the writer's property.
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Post by luz0928 » 02 Jun 2019, 12:08

KDJ wrote:
01 Jun 2019, 22:33
luz0928 wrote:
31 May 2019, 14:36
I think they should be cheaper than a physical book, but it should show the intellectual worth as well. I mean, in the physical book you need to count the cost of the impression, paper, shipping, etc.
But I don't think an e-book should be free. Maybe just the ones that are free of intellectual property, but there is the project Gutenberg that offers these.
I agree they should be cheaper than the hard or paperback counterparts. For the most part, I believe they are. Although I would like for them to be free, I understand that realistically they can not be. (For all those reasons. lol) You wrote this way better than I could. :D :D :D :tiphat:
Thank you for saying that! these kind of things can be thought from two perspectives, as a reader, that obviously wants the book cheaper or for free, or from the writer's perspective, they need to eat too hahaha

We need to be fair to the ones that have the ability to create something that we all enjoy. :D

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Post by Mandisaxs » 15 Jul 2019, 06:49

The truth is there would be no book (e or hard copy) without an author's creativity. That needs to be paid for. The next thing would be to look at the publishing costs of each medium. I would vote for a slightly cheaper ebook.

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Post by Florence Nalianya » 07 Aug 2019, 06:02

Free no, they should just be cheap cause no one would go buying anyway yet authors need cash to live on and even publish in the first place.

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Post by Ttwyman » 07 Aug 2019, 15:43

I totally agree that the shouldn't be free these people need to make a living the same way anyone who publishers a physical book does. I do think however they should be cheaper just like there's usually a price difference in hardback and soft back.
It's also that physical books can be passed on either freely or sold this is not possible with ebooks.
It would be great though if when you buy the physical book you got an ebook version as well by sending a copy of the receipt or something like that.

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Post by RoxieReads » 08 Aug 2019, 10:22

I don’t think that having ebooks be completely free would be a good idea because everyone who helped create the book would not get any money, including the author. I think that they should, however, be cheaper because there is no cost for paper or actual materials to make the book.
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Post by corinaelena » 17 Aug 2019, 17:48

Well, cheaper yes, but free, for sure not! You need to oay the author 's hard work...

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Post by DD129 » 18 Aug 2019, 12:44

I agree that ebooks should definitely be much cheaper than physical books because they require fewer resources to market. However, they shouldn't be free. Writing books may not be every authors' livelihood, but they should be compensated for all the time and effort they put into their work.

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Post by Inkroverts » 22 Aug 2019, 20:17

I think ebooks definitely should be much cheaper. There's no printing and binding involved, and there's no bookstore to put the ebooks on the shelf. But free is too much because the author and the editor still need to be paid.

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Post by Nimisha_91 » 25 Aug 2019, 01:08

I think it's a little unfair to expect them to be free. The author deserves something! But yes they should be cheaper than paper books.

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Post by jorgea » 29 Aug 2019, 19:25

Ebooks may be about the same price or higher, depending mainly on the subject and content.

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