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.
Why are Kindle books more expensive than paperbacks?
Amazon deeply discounts the price of print books, but their contracts with the big publishers allows the publishers to set the prices for ebooks so ebooks often end up being more expensive. Ebooks are typically less expensive than print books. Many people are confused as to why ebooks cost so much.
Why are ebooks cheaper than paper books?
eBooks Are More Portable Than Print
It’s much easier to carry an eReader containing an entire library of titles than to bring even a few physical books. If you finish reading one on your trip, it is much simpler (and cheaper!) to download a new eBook than to find a bookstore.
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.
Why are hardcover books more expensive?
Two Reasons: 1)Paper Quality:The hardcover edition of any book is made of a better paper. In addition, hardbacks of most books are released first and have a higher profit margin for the publisher which is why they are often maintained for an extended period, especially when the book is a best-seller.