appetiteMike Masnick at TechDirt points out another e-book whose publisher has priced it significantly higher than the paper version. The book, Appetite for Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper, is about the music industry’s spectacular mishandling of the transition to digital music. Masnick finds a little irony in the fact that the e-book is $17.99 on Amazon while the paperback goes for $11.53 new (and cheaper from other vendors or used).

Of course, Amazon routinely marks down all its print books since it can, but even the list price of the print book is $16.95, over $1 cheaper than the e-book. And the e-book carries Amazon’s “This price was set by the publisher” agency pricing disclaimer. As Masnick points out, you’d think the publisher didn’t read its own book.

Related: E-book pricing: Publishing should learn from the record industry’s mistakes

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