Is it any wonder people are switching to ebooks?

Norwegian crimewriter Jo Nesbo is in Wellington for the New Zealand Arts Festival’s Readers and Writers Week and he’s making a splash on radio and television.

Phantom2Tomorrow there’s an in-store ‘Meet Jo Nesbo’ at Whitcoulls, where attendees can pick up his latest book, Phantom, for $30. That’s a fairly typical price for airport thrillers. But I can buy Phantom for my Kindle ebook reader for half that price, even allowing for the NZ$/US$ exchange rate.

There, I just did it…

Why would I pay twice the price at Whitcoulls for a paper product that is actually less pleasant to read?* There’s only one possible reason, and that’s to support the local book trade. All well and good, but twice the price is a very stern test of altruism.

No wonder ereaders are going gangbusters in New Zealand. Bookshop owners should be – and no doubt are – very afraid.

*See my earlier comments on relative readability in this post.

[Follow-up: the Nesbo book was a disorganised load of tosh and I’m glad I didn’t pay the full NZ bookshop price for it. I gave up halfway through. The publishers are trying to latch on to the Scandinavian thriller/crime genre that kicked of with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Nesbo doesn’t cut it.]

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1 Response to Is it any wonder people are switching to ebooks?

  1. Fred Frazier says:

    Having the book signed by the author would probably be the only way most (e-reader totin’) folks could justify it, I’d think.

    Along those same lines….The entire Kennedy Space Center Library is completely ‘electronic’ now… no hardcopy anything. Where there used to be a whole library, now there’s a single desk with one clerk sitting at a PC (I’m guessing to help folks too unskilled to find a reference ‘book’ for themselves), I assume that’s the way it is at all the rest of NASA Centers as well.

    Times they are a changin’.


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