Why Are Amazon Kindle Books So Expensive?

Unlike with physical books, Amazon has no control over the price of ebooks.

If someone has performed the steps required to publish an ebook via Kindle Direct Publishing, they set the price as they please, with no exceptions.

This constraint is the reason ebooks sometimes cost more than paperbacks.

Are Kindle books cheaper?

Yes most of the books I buy are less expensive than the paperback books available. They are generally cheaper than in a bookstore, plus you can get Kindle Unlimited, which lets you ‘borrow’ up to 10 books at once.

Why are digital books so expensive?

Despite this publisher’s claim, the reason e-books are as expensive, or even more expensive, than traditional books isn’t because they cost as much to produce and distribute. Anyone who produces anything digital that was formerly physical knows digital is cheaper. An e-book costs less than a physical book.

How are Kindle books priced?

They initially set up the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program to sell competitively priced eBooks. The catch is, to make 70% users must price their eBooks competitively—between $2.99 and $9.99. The lowest price of $2.99 keeps the content from being devalued, while keeping it at a no-brainer investment for consumers.

Why is ebook more expensive than paperback?

This is why a new ebook almost costs as much as a hardcover and is normally more expensive than a paperback. Very early on, publishers realized that e-books do not have as much legal protections as physical books do, because they are considered a service and not a product.