The other evening, while I was feeding my contemporary fix, I was pleasantly surprised.Why? Well I had just discovered Christie Ridgway and I was searching for some books on her backlist. Currently she writes contemporary single titles for Berkley Publishing (Penguin Group), but as I discovered she used to write them for Avon Books. So now I’m forced to decide which books should I start with, her older stuff from Avon or her newer stuff from Berkley. Since I was a bit anxious to get started reading more of her books and I own a handy dandy Sony eReader, it boiled down to this: which books could I get cheaper as an ebook.
From experience, I know that HarperCollins no longer discounts their ebooks. They used to. I remember buying three of Lisa Kleypas’s ebooks from her Wallflower series from the HarperCollins’ eBook Store at 20% off retail price. Now, if I wanted to buy any of Chritie’s books, I was going to have to fork over full retail. On the other hand, over at Penguin Putnam, Christie’s ebooks were discounted one dollar. I bought three of her ebooks at Penguin Putnam.
This, of course, moved Penguin Putnam Group up a notch in my book. I really find it very difficult to pay the same amount for an ebook that I would for a physical book. As much as I love my Sony eReader, one of things I miss most when I’m reading a book on it is skimming the way you do with physical books. Also, ebooks get lost in the plethora of other books I have on the eReader. Because I can’t ‘see’ them crowding my bookshelf. It’s kind of like out of sight out of mind. I have to be purposely looking for that ebook in order for me to remember I have it waiting to be read. You see I can’t really do a TBR pile on my eReader. It just doesn’t compute.
What I do love is the convenience of being able to download it the second I decide I want to read the book. That’s all joy and bliss. But again, the price has to be right and unless I’m desperate to read the book, I won’t pay the same price as I would the physical book.
Needless to say, I was curious about which publishers discounted their ebooks and which did not. Here’s what I found.
Publishers Who Discount their eBooks:
Sourcebooks (approx 40 -48% off retail)
Dorchester (approx 30% off retail)
Kensington (approx 20% off retail)
Medallion Press (approx 20% off retail)
Random House – Ballantine, Bantam Dell (approx 20% off retail after the first week of release)
Harlequin (approx 19% off retail)
Penguin Putnam (discount is between 12-14% off retail)
Publishers Who DO NOT Discount their eBooks:
Simon and Schuster (Pocket Books)
4:05pm: Correction made regarding Random House. Does discount after 1st week of release. Although, when I looked last night at the 5/25 releases, the ebooks were still full retail price. Today, there is a 20% discount.
As I said above, I will very rarely buy an ebook that is not discounted. Like many things, book shopping can be a spur of the moment purchase for me. If the ebook price is right and the books sounds interesting, I’ll buy. If the ebook is not discounted will I make the effort to go out and get the physical book. Usually not. That’s what spur of the moment buying is all about. By the time I go back to the book store, there are a list of other, newer books clamoring for my attention and I forget about the ebook that sounded interesting enough to buy, just not a full retail price.