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NYT: Two e-books cost more than hardcovers

FollettKindle downloads that cost more than the traditional print book? HERESY!

The New York Times reports on the backlash that occurred when two e-books (Ken Follett's whopping Fall of Giants, which is so long it makes Infinite Jest look like a novella and James Patterson's Don't Blink).

Why did this happen? Writes the Times: "The skirmish over prices is possible because of deals that publishers negotiated with Amazon this year that allowed the publishers to set their own prices on e-books, while Amazon continues to choose the discount from the list price on hardcovers."

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