Why are books so expensive in the US

Money makes the world go round or are books too expensive?

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  • Huhu!

    Sure, there was something like this a long time ago, but I would like to know what your opinion on this subject is today, a few years after the changeover to the euro.

    When I see that there are books that cost 25 euros (50 marks!) New, then I feel a little queasy. And when I have to read that some people here buy twenty or more books in a month, then I wonder what these people do (drug lords? ).

    Not that I am particularly stingy, but that publishers are still vehemently pursuing this trend (e.g. in the field of fantasy) and dividing English originals into two books at 9 euros each (previously one for 9 DM) annoys me a bit.

    Well, as long as the customers go along with it (me too, unfortunately), the main focus is probably on the stupid profit. In the meantime, everyone seems to have come to terms with it.
    Or?

    Here is a very interesting discussion from the MDR on this topic: http://www.mdr.de/leipzig-liest/radio/1870842--''-d-RealG2Audio.html

    & quot; The man who carried away the mountain was the same one who started carrying away small stones. & quot;
    Confucius

  • Hello,

    I also get annoyed about expensive book (and CD) prices. But:

    I think the price is always a bit of a quality feature.
    I seldom buy new books (apart from remainder / defective copies), even less often hardback editions, because until recently I was a poor student and couldn't afford that. But when I buy a book "right" (I think the last one was Shadowmarch by Tad Williams), then I read it somehow differently than usual, which is something special. First and foremost because it's a brand new book, a bound one, but maybe also a bit because I keep in mind how much money I spent on it.

    It's similar with CDs. Again, I'd rather spend money on a CD (if it's good) than copy or download it. The comparison is rather poor, as it is difficult to download or copy books and when you buy a CD you also have a booklet, cover, lyrics, etc. with you, which for me is simply part of a CD. Whether listening is more fun, because I can read the lyrics, have pictures of the music in front of my eyes or just think about it again, that I have spent money on it and now I want to listen to the CD right and not just briefly on the side the question again.

    Conclusion:
    I am often annoyed by the high prices, but if the book is good I am happy to pay it.

    greeting
    Seoman

  • I have often had problems with books that are too expensive. Since I'm still a student, I don't earn very much yet. And in the little library in the dump where I currently live, there is just so little that interests me that I rarely go through the shop. In the case of larger libraries it is something different, when I come back to the big classic shelves and see the dtv-TB that has already been opened and which then cost around € 16 in some cases, it is quite expensive for me.
    The upper hammer was so far The workers of the sea of Victor Hugo. They asked for 40 € for it. Okay, the edition has been translated and was published in September 2002. It also has an HC. But still, 40q is a proud price for a book like this.
    I have a question; because unfortunately I've only been buying books regularly for about a year. Is there any hope that the price of this book will eventually go down? It is "already" almost 4 years old. However, "The Workers of the Sea" is not exactly a bestselling novel.

    Greetings Thomas

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  • Hello everyone, hello K.May,

    I absolutely agree with you, some books are simply overpriced. For example, I can't easily shake € 25 off my sleeve. But I understand that passionate readers who otherwise have no special hobbies also spend the money for it.

    It looks a little different for me; I have to keep my budget and cannot or not immediately buy every book I like. That's why I've made a rule of thumb to only register for one round of reading per month (regardless of whether it's here or "over there"), because I "commit" to buying a book somewhere. Besides, I am a diligent reader of books; With us the annual ticket costs 6, - € with unlimited borrowing and our library is always up-to-date, so that I was able to take part in a reading round with a borrowed book. The books that I absolutely want on my shelf are given to me as a gift or I buy them specifically, but in moderation! And on special occasions I buy an expensive book (e.g. as a reward when I have achieved a set goal).

    Well, I just think that supply and demand determine the price, and as long as the price is paid, the publishers will charge it on the same scale as before. I don't think we as customers have any influence on pricing, any more than we do with petrol, electricity or gas. What strikes me, however, is that the paperbacks for most of the new releases come out relatively soon after the HC editions. Most of the time it is worth the wait - unless you are a hardcover fetishist .

    Seoman: Is the price necessarily a measure of quality? I'm not sure ... I really liked cheap books and expensive ones disappointed me. I think quality is too dependent on the reader's taste. Unless you mean the quality of the book itself, i.e. the paper quality, the cover and the whole presentation, detached from the content.

    Thomas: At some point books will also get cheaper if they have been on sale long enough. At Jokers (http://www.jokers.de) you can buy the remaining copies cheaply. There are also one or two classics for you: smile :.

    Best wishes
    Miramis

    Brandon Sanderson - The Rhythm of War

  • I don't give 25 € for a book. Most of the time I am lucky enough to find the books I want from Jokers, E-Bay or similar. I don't buy the brand new books until months later. I have time and sometimes prices actually drop!
    Thomas: It is possible that your book will end up in Jokers, 2001, ... at some point. On the other hand, it may not be available in this configuration later, precisely because it is not so well known. If you like it in this configuration, buy it. I've read a few times now that you like the author. It doesn't hurt that much, does it? Perhaps you could also use it at some point in the case of adebooks and the like. to encounter.
    EDIT: Have a look here

    dumbler

  • I try to buy as few books as possible (which of course doesn't always work).
    On the one hand, I currently have too little time and so many books that I still want to read. The wish list usually functions as a gift list for me and so I still get all the books I want.
    On the other hand, as is well known, you only have a certain amount available per month. I really like to spend money on books, but I also have other things that I want to invest in and try to save elsewhere.
    I don't buy HC. Quite from the fact that I don't like HC, I always wait until it appears in paperback.

    The most expensive book I've ever bought was one about Michelangelo and the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, for which I paid about 60 €.


  • I have often had problems with books that are too expensive. Since I'm still a student, I don't earn very much yet. And in the little library in the dump where I currently live, there is just so little that interests me that I rarely go through the shop. In the case of larger libraries it is something different, when I come back to the big classic shelves and see the dtv-TB that has already been opened and which then cost around € 16 in some cases, it is quite expensive for me.
    The upper hammer was so far The workers of the sea of Victor Hugo. They asked for 40 € for it. Okay, the edition has been translated and was published in September 2002. It also has an HC. But still, 40q is a proud price for a book like this.
    I have a question; because unfortunately I've only been buying books regularly for about a year. Is there any hope that the price of this book will eventually go down? It is "already" almost 4 years old. However, "The Workers of the Sea" is not exactly a bestselling novel.

    Greetings Thomas

    Have a look here: http://www.buchpreis24.de/isbn/3928398822, http://www.zvab.de and http://www.eurobuch.com? But you wanted it, I don't think you needed it. Hmm ...

    @ Nicole2x: art school? 60 euros is already pretty blatant, but still relatively understandable for scientific works (even if the prices here were taken over 1: 1 or were not even doubled). :angry:

    & quot; The man who carried away the mountain was the same one who started carrying away small stones. & quot;
    Confucius


  • @ Nicole2x: art school? 60 euros is already pretty blatant, but still relatively understandable for scientific works (even if the prices were taken over 1: 1 or not even doubled). :angry:

    Hm ... no, unfortunately no art studies. I always say: If it were allowed to study unprofitable things without having to worry about how to earn a living with it, I would immediately study art history and literary studies.
    Art history is a passion of mine that I haven't yet lived out. I think I have to finally start to dedicate myself to this more.
    I bought the book after visiting the Sistine Chapel. I was / am so impressed by the impressions and the art that I overlooked the price. How often do you buy a book like this?

  • Hello everybody!

    I would like to know what your opinion on this subject looks like today, a few years after the changeover to the euro.

    Euro changeover? What's this?

    I have already said this a couple of times in this forum: The paperbacks may have tended to have become a bit more expensive - the hardbacks have become cheaper in recent years. And compared to e.g. Great Britain, bound German-language editions are downright dirt cheap.

    regards

    Sandhofer

    Where do I get all this time from not to read so much. (Karl Kraus)

  • When I see that there are books that cost 25 euros (50 marks!) New

    Well, as long as the customers go along with it (me too, unfortunately), the main focus is probably on the stupid profit. In the meantime, everyone seems to have come to terms with it.

    Adding prices back to the good old DM, that's a long time since I stopped. And not just in the area of ​​books. And seriously, since when does the customer have something to say when it comes to pricing?

    To be honest, I'm really happy about the fixed prices in Germany. When I look at the quality of English paperbacks, the paper there is mostly rough (like a Sunday newspaper * yuck *) and ugly grayish. And that spoils my reading pleasure a bit. So I often prefer the more expensive German edition, which is also a translation. (Even if that may seem irrational to some )

    Incidentally, I find it commendable that there are more and more special editions. For example the series of the SZ library, five euros for a hardback is simply unbeatable.

    To hack around here again on the English editions. I once had the book MiddleS.e.x. Bought the original, the paperback costs 6.45 euros. Decent price, affordable. But: The next day I actually see the German version of it. In a special edition for only 3.55 more, bound for it. And in velvet! ... I really got my hat off and I'm still angry about it today.

    Oh yes, and that concerns the regular prices for bound expenses: Leutz, what do you think God invented birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Children's Day, etc. for

    best regards,
    caithlin

    My name was used here caithlin.

    & quot; If I had a dollar for every time i felt more emotion for a fictional character than people in real life, I could pay for the psychiatric help I obviously need. & quot;

  • Adding prices back to the good old DM, that's a long time since I stopped. And not just in the area of ​​books. And seriously, since when does the customer have something to say when it comes to pricing?


    He has the choice to accept the price or to waive it.

  • Hello everybody,

    this discussion is a bit short. The more cheap newspaper libraries, remi stores, etc. determine the market, the more ruinous the business becomes for the publishers. The book industry is already not an area in which one can get rich and that will not change in view of the buying behavior.
    From the perspective of the individual customer, it may be understandable to always only look at the money. At the same time (also here in the forum) one gets upset about bad equipment, poor translation, frequent typing errors ... And then the book should be printed on environmentally friendly, acid-free bleached paper and not glued together by innocent children's hands in the Far East.
    You are asking to square the circle.

    Cordially, B.

    Quote from "Nicole2x"

    If it were allowed to study boring things without having to worry about how to make a living from it, I would study art history and literary studies straight away.


    Is not it?