Pay $50 for a hardback and get it in a week…or $14.99 for the e-book and get it in seconds

Pay $50 for a hardback and get it in a week…or $14.99 for the e-book and get it in seconds

It’s unusual that a book gets the amount of public attention that

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is getting.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about the content of the book or why it’s the #1 bestseller at Amazon right now. 😉

My point is this: one of the stories I’ve seen repeatedly is how the book is “sold out”.

Well, yes: if you want the hardback.

If you buy it from Amazon, it’s currently listed at $18.00…with delivery in 2 to 4 weeks.

Other sellers have listed from $65 (arriving as early as January 16) to $12 (arriving as early as February 2nd), plus shipping ($3.99 on the non-Amazon vendors).

On the other hand, you could get the Kindle version right now…and for less money.

You don’t need a Kindle: you could read it on a phone, a tablet, a desktop…

Amazon does prominently put that on the book’s product page: “Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks. 
Why wait? Try the Kindle Edition instead and start reading now.”

This is somewhat similar to what happened with 1984 last year, although that one was available to Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) members at no additional cost:

1984 is sold out in hardback & paperback at Amazon…but Kindleers can read it for free

There are already 1,407 customer reviews at time of writing (with an average of 4.6 stars out of 5). The listed release date was January 5th…so that would be close to 500 reviews a day. A lot of people are going to try to sway what you’ll think of the book, and in different ways…if you are going to read it at all, that week or more could make a difference in how you approach the book.

I wonder if scarcity events like this will convert more people to reading e-books more often…

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

5 Responses to “Pay $50 for a hardback and get it in a week…or $14.99 for the e-book and get it in seconds”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    It seems as if the author has been interviewed on almost every news program I’ve watched today mentioning it’s sold out without ever once trying to promote the e-book versions. I assume it’s also available through other e-book sources. Like you, I won’t discuss the content. For the sake of full disclosure, I will admit to having fallen for the hype and preordering the Kindle version. Enquiring minds want to know! (Or in this case, maybe “inquiring minds” might be more applicable.)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      The book has cultural significance, so there’s nothing wrong in wanting to read it.

      Yes, at least Barnes & Noble also has it…

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Last night on “The Late Show,” Liam Neeson was a guest. He was talking about how much he loved his Kindle.

    The next guest was the author of “the book.” Neither he nor Stephen Colbert mentioned there was a Kindle version of it.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Thanks for letting me know! I’ll try to see that Neeson clip.

      Yeah, I don’t get it…why wouldn’t the author promote the e-book? Yes, they may get less per purchase, but could certainly make up for it in volume.

  3. Man in the Middle Says:

    Apparently it was briefly also available for free from a Wikileaks link, for whatever that’s worth.

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