“Free” as in “books”
I’m rereading Little Women. Not my old copy from college, but the free version I downloaded to the Kindle for iPhone app. I’ve also read The Sari Shop Window, The Magic Kingdom For Sale (Sold!), His Majesty’s Dragon, Pride and Prejudice, and the Return of Sherlock Holmes, all free on the Kindle app. It’s a great app for reading, but I try to avoid paying for Kindle books. I get that I’m not buying a permanent copy — ok, fine. But I don’t like that I can’t share book purchases, even within my own family.
And it looks like I’m not the only one who takes advantage of the free stuff. One blogger recently found that 44 of Top 50 Kindle Bestsellers are $0. Does that mean the Value Perception of eBooks is going to zero? I’m not sure, but I think that it’s going to be increasingly harder for publishers to justify selling e-books at anything like the printed book price.