You think $10 is expensive for an e-book? 😉
I think many people have gotten used to the idea that some e-books are going to cost more than ten dollars. That’s always been true at Amazon, by the way. Some people have a…mistaken recollection that Amazon said all e-books would be $9.99 or less, when that wasn’t the case.
So, I thought I’d take a look (which I’ve done before) at the
The #1 book at time of writing?
International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences
by N. J. Smelser and P. B. Baltes
That’s right…over thirteen THOUSAND dollars!
Interesting, there are three reviews. Perhaps not a surprise, but not of them are verified purchasers. 🙂
This seems to be a serious book…some very expensive books get that way for other reasons.
One thing that happens with used books (obviously, those aren’t e-books at this point) is that there might be a pricing algorithm, which looks by itself at market prices. You don’t always want to have the lowest price…in fact, you might even set your price to be ten percent than a particular competitor. If two sites are doing the same thing (ten percent higher), they can get into an upward pricing spiral, and the software may get the books up over $10,000.
You’ll also see a lot of books at $200…that’s the maximum price, last I looked for self-published books using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
In this encyclopedia, though, I think they genuinely expect people to pay the $13,496 or it.
The second most expensive one is
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 14-Volume Set: V1-14
by Keith Brown
I’m glad that wasn’t assigned when our now adult kid was taking linguistics courses in college. 😉
Those are the only two books in the USA Kindle store which are over $10,000.
So, is that $10 book looking pretty good now? 😉
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