Category: Books


The other day, I got a recommendation for a book and I thought I’d go ahead and buy it. My preferred vehicle for reading these days is my Kindle, which I love dearly for the clean typography and ridiculously long battery life, but I was shocked to see that the Kindle edition was considerably more expensive than the paperback.

Curious, I bing’ed a bit, and it seems that there are two candidate explanations.

1. The new pricing model, where the publisher sets a price and Amazon gets a cut, means that Amazon can’t lower the price as aggressively. This doesn’t explain why publishers would start up so high to begin with though.

2. Because folks are willing to pay for it anyway.

Now, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to pay more for the Kindle edition, or just get the paperback which isn’t so bad after all (I still need to find somewhere to keep the book I suppose, or donate it when I’m done). In the end, I ended up just not buying the book altogether – I have other stuff to read in any case.

I thought I’d leave Amazon some feedback about the “freezing effect” this price structure had, but after spending about 5-10 minutes (an eternity in Internet time), I couldn’t find a way to leave feedback.

Amazon, your customer spends time trying to contact you, but cannot find any way to get in touch with you directly.

Your engagement strategy is disappointing.

There’s nothing on the banner, or the rest of the home page. Searching for ‘feedback’ yields only products. Looking under ‘help’, it seems I can only send feedback about vendors. The “Community” section seems to be mostly about rating products as well, so that doesn’t look very promising. Searching on search engines yields vendor feedback as well.

And so I have a blog post, no book, and more questions than answers on how book pricing works these days.

Corportate Confidential

Reading the book, it does look interesting. It sounds common-sense, but then you can always think of examples of people not doing the right things, so it’s probably worth the time to read this. Short, concise and to the point, so don’t expect to spend many days on it.

Juliana from MS Learning

Juliana Aldous is a Product Planner in MS Learning, the wonderful people that bring us content that ensures we don’t rust and remain relevant in today’s market (or for those of you with more confidence, simply to take you to the next level).

You can head over there for some interesting reviews.

Mi primer libro de programaciónm, Basic para niños, programando en una Commodore 128. Wow. Tendría unos 8 años, allá a lo lejos y hace tiempo.

Creo que técnicamente mi segundo libro fue el manual de usuario de la computadora, pero mi segundo libro ‘formal’ de programación fue Basic avanzado para niños. Toda una joya, que hasta me enseñó sobre potencias y fue probablemente uno de los motivos por mi interés en el ajedrez unos años más adelante.