By now, the world is well acquainted with the phenomenon of the Amazon Kindle Fire.
But just as the Fire’s success has given the book industry the chance to create its own Kindle Edition, its success has also given the ebook market a new hope: the ability to sell books at the price of a single ebook.
That’s the thinking behind the launch of a new service, Kindle Books, which offers readers the option to buy the same paperback, audiobook, or e-book at a discounted price.
The service’s launch in July was met with mixed reactions from booksellers and readers alike.
Some saw it as a welcome opportunity to bring a discount ebook to the market that they had not seen before, while others felt that it would dilute the value of the original book.
Some books that were already sold at a discount were also being made available at a higher price.
But for many, the most exciting aspect of the service was its ability to streamline the book buying process.
“I really love that it allows us to get books for as little as $1 on Amazon,” said Dan Zwiegman, the founder of Zwigo, a local bookstore that has a store in Nashville.
“The books are delivered to our customers at a low cost, they’re DRM-free, and we’re able to get them as soon as we need them.
That really drives sales.”
Amazon, which also announced a new price point for its Kindle books earlier this year, said the new price points would allow it to offer its customers “great value,” and “the best value for your books.”
That’s a goal that has caught on among some book buyers, who feel that their existing books are priced too high and they are not able to negotiate the best price they can find for them.
Amazon’s pricing policy also has some readers wondering if it will ever get the ebook industry to take advantage of its price discounts.
“People are confused,” said Andrew Zablocki, a bookseller in Florida.
“Some people are like, ‘Why don’t they just put books on the Kindle and get it for free?’
And I say, ‘I think they should just do that.’
The best thing that’s going to happen to books in the future is that the bookstores will go out of business.”
One bookseller who’s been selling books for a while but did not want to give his last name said he thought that the Amazon price discounts were a “mistake.”
He said that the books that he has sold are “just too good” and that he was not going to offer his books to Amazon.
“They were just not a good deal,” he said.
“A lot of people who are trying to do that are trying the wrong thing.”
Zablocksi said that he would be happy to buy his books from Amazon again if the price changes.
“If I get a better deal, I’m going to buy again,” he explained.
“There are a lot of great books out there, and I can make a lot more money from them.”
In response to those who say the ebook price cuts will make it difficult to make sales for books that are already on Amazon, Zab locki said, “There’s nothing wrong with it.
You can sell more books for $5, or even less.
But if it makes it impossible to make a profit, that’s a real problem.
That problem is a real thing.”
Amazon also says that the new Kindle pricing policy does not affect the current Kindle Bookstore pricing model, which is similar to the current price point of the Fire.
“This new pricing is designed to provide readers with the best value at the lowest price, and will allow readers to read all kinds of books on Amazon’s platform,” Amazon wrote in a blog post on the launch.
“While this new pricing plan is not available for all titles at this time, it will enable the Kindle Bookstores to offer the most compelling selection of titles to readers at the best possible price.”
Zwigis said that his bookstore sells around 1,000 books a month, but that the price cuts “make it harder to get those books to people.”
“It’s hard to get to books,” Zwigeis said.
Zab Locki said he was also concerned about the future of his bookstore.
“It just seemed like we’d lost the ability [to] sell a lot because of this new Amazon price,” he added.
“But they’re going to do something about that.”
The Ripped: Amazon’s ‘Hangover’ In the past few months, a number of high-profile booksellings have had to make cuts in their book prices in order to comply with the new pricing policy.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Amazon had reduced the price point at which some books were selling on the website to $1.99.
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