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I absolutely agree about not purchasing high-priced ebooks, Joe, although for me it's more from a customer's perception of value. I find it hard to reconcile buying, for instance, a copy of Stephen King's new Under the Dome for my Kindle at the same price as a beautifully bound and packaged hardcover version of the book-- both were originally priced at $35 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/21/stephen-kings-new-e-book_n_328832.html). Just like prices went down on music (looking at price-per-track rates) because consumers found they could buy more efficiently by getting mp3s, digital editions of books should go down to accommodate consumer desire for streamlined book buying. A digital copy of a painting gives the owner the same technical value as a print of a painting, but one has a definite material value that the other does not. I'm not sure that a higher price value instills greater intrinsic value in the average customer when it comes to books (in reference to your "cheapening the value" comment). A reader who just paid $250 or more for a device wants to get as much use out of it as possible, which they're not going to get if digital books are being priced as they are. Since books aren't priced based on quality of the writers, then keeping digital books at or above a certain, fairly arbitrary, price that does not match material value deters the possible growth of digital book sales among prospective consumers.