Readers assume the cost of printing, storing, and transporting print books are major factors determining the price of print books. Readers, therefore, believe that e-books should be much less than paper books, even paperback books. E-books costing near the price of print books seem like "rip offs." Therefore, the price of e-book relative to the price of print books affects readers' acceptance and purchase of e-books. This, in turn, affects the future perceived value and circulation of library collections. The following articles grapple with the question, "What should be a fair price for e-books?"
- How to set e-book prices: A trained economist speaks out.
- Notes from a lecture by Professor Cader
- Book Cost Analysis - Cost of Physical Book Publishing
- Math of publishing meets the E-book - New York Times article, February 28, 2010