The view from England. The writer sat in with a party for religious conservatives when the South Carolina results came in. What he observed was not happy, happy for Newt, but exaltation that Romney came up short…Stopped. The interesting comment that he reported from the expate Americans,“Gingrich is a devil, but at least we know what he will and won’t do. Governor Romney is a damned mystery.”
I tend to agree.
Living and working in the area encompassed by the Old Boston Post Road, I’ve eaten in diners named “The Boston Post Road Cafe”, and installed phone systems in building with the name over the door “Boston Post Road Building”.
I noticed a post on Maggies Farm by Bird Dog recommending a book, The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America.
A former history major, and lifelong lover of reading and learning history, I particularly enjoy reading more about this part of New England in which I live. The last book on my locality that I bought, “The North River: Scenic Waterway of the South Shore” , lead me to discover that the rocks I must avoid just upstream of the Old Washington Street Bridge are the remnants of a colonial era river crossing.
However, I discovered an interesting thing. On the Amazon page for “Kings Best Highway…” , the Kindle price for this book was $17.99. The Kindle Fire was my Christmas present to myself this year,( I’m sure it’s what Donie would have gotten for me), so now I’m checking the Kindle prices on books. I ordered the book, new, in the dead tree edition, for $5.79 ($9.78 with shipping).
Now, a few weeks ago I read a story in The Wall Street Journal that the Dark Lords of the Fifth (Ave), the relatively few eBook publishers , had formed a association to implement a agreement to set prices on electronic book prices. With a basement price of $9.99 for the cheapest, with regular prices of eBooks to be close in price with their hardcover and paperback cousins. And in particular, no discounting. Discounting accounts for much of the sale or bargain prices in the book trade, so they are determined to get the consumer used to always paying full price for eBooks.
My opinion? Baby, cradle, choke…repeat.
So far I’ve bought the Dead Tree Version of three books where there was a eBook choice, my Kindle sits mostly empty. Except for the multitude of Science Fiction books I’ve bought from Baen Publishing on their Websubscription site. I’ve been buying the eBook copies of their novels to read on my PDA for years. And at $4 to $6 a book. Also, all Baen books come DRM-free. (Don’t get me started on Digital Rights Mis-management)
What’s your opinion?