A little while ago, we pointed out that the ebook for the book Appetite for Self-Destruction
-- all about the recording industry's clueless strategic moves -- was amusingly priced higher
than the physical copies of the book. It seemed rather ironic that a book about how the recording industry couldn't deal with digital would show such clueless pricing. However, apparently this is not the only such case. Copycense, which pointed us to that pricing conundrum, has been highlighting a bunch of other ebooks that are more expensive than hardcopy books, and has found one
that's perhaps even more ridiculous: a book about clueless media bosses. The book is actually called The Curse of the Mogul: What's Wrong with the World's Leading Media Companies
, and as of this posting, the pricing certainly suggests what's wrong with the world's leading publishing companies.
The Kindle ebook version is a whopping $18.99. Yet, if you actually want to kill some trees, the Hardcover is $10.51. The paperback is $11.56. And that's just if you order from Amazon directly. If you order from an Amazon partner, you can actually get the hardcover for $2.96 new or $2.49 used. And someone thinks it makes sense to price this book (of all books) at $18.99 as an ebook?
It's as if the publishing industry has learned absolutely nothing from the difficulties other industries have had in adjusting to digital goods.