The Hidden Costs of Books

This post is more for myself to refer to for future use than for the general public. This talks about this cost of producing e-books and how the general public often neglects to factor in these elements when looking at the overall price of books (both electronic and print). This is based off of a recent NY Times article. The main point of the article is that consumers often have unrealistic expectations when pricing out books; they think e-books should cost next to nothing since they see a print book and assume the majority of the cost is in the physical material itself or transportation of it.

Here are the main points to keep in mind for why books cost so much.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on March 1, 2010, in Consumerism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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