I'm really just curious. As I look at eBook prices, they seem to be a buck or two more than the same book in paperback, and that doesn't account for the cost of the eReader itself, no matter which one you choose.
So why is this? The publishers already have the text in electronic form. Formatting it for an eReader is surely a rather small effort.
Then, to get it to me costs them very near nothing.
To get me a paperback has to cost more. First, they have to MAKE it. Then someone has to ship it to somewhere I can get my hands on it. So how can that be cheaper than just sending me a file over the Net?
And once I have the eBook file, can I lend it to my friends?
It seems to me that there might be something wrong with this pricing model.