J.K. Rowling's New Book Already Garnering One-Star Reviews--From People Upset Over The Price
J.K. Rowling's first book for grown-ups, The Casual Vacancy, hits stores today (though that's predicated on the idea that adults weren't reading the Harry Potter books--clearly nonsense).
The book is barely out and it's already earning one-star reviews on Amazon, though not over the content. People are upset about the price. The hardcover edition retails for $35 and is marked down to $20.90. But the eBook is priced at $17.99. Here's what one reviewer had to say:
I would like to read, but the price is way too high! This is a review of the worth of the product in my opinion, not a review of the writing. Others should do the same if they believe the price is more than it should be for an e-book. Currently $17.99 when this was written.
Some reviewers are also complaining about the Kindle formatting, though until some kind of real documented issue is made known, I'm going to assume those problems are user-related (UPDATE: Seems there are formatting issues, according to Gizmodo, and this isn't a case of people just not knowing how to work eReaders.)
Otherwise, for reference, the book clocks in at 512 pages (I'm only a few chapters in, but so far it's pretty good).
So, $17.99 for an eBook. And $35 for the hardcover! Are those prices too steep? Is the publisher being greedy? Would you pay that much for a book, in either format?
And is it fair for people to leave reviews on a book they haven't read yet?
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