So I did some research on Amazon.com about prices of hardcovers, paperbacks, and e-books. And yes, he was right and I was wrong. But I still feel that my price ranges are not bad - because after all they are what I am willing to pay.
What I am Willing to PayIn US dollars
ReasoningThe more something costs to produce, and reproduce - the more it is going to cost. The cheaper it is to produce, and reproduce the lest it should cost.
Here is a comparison based on my limited knowledge and opinion:
Initial Production Cost: Hardcover = Paperback = E-Book The initial cost to get the book formatted is probably the same for all three formats.
Reproduction Cost: Hardcover > Paperback > E-Book My day job is computer programming. I happen to know that reproducing electronic files is a snap. Even given a little allowance for the controversy and licensing issues surrounding e-books right now - it is still vastly cheaper to reproduce an e-book then a paperback or hardcover.
My PointI have seen a lot of e-books that are more than $10! Only on rare occasions will I pay more than $5. I have also seen a lot of e-books that cost more then the paperback. Why would I ever buy the e-book if the paperback is cheaper? And I love e-books.
Now comes the all important question - am I crazy? Are my expectations and the prices I am willing to pay for e-books unreasonable? What do you think?