Thursday 22 February 2018

High price to pay for ebook readers

Stephen Dunne

BOOKWORMS beware: downloading an ebook from one of Ireland's largest book retailers is likely to set consumers back considerably more than the price of the paperback version, according to a survey.

Last week, according to, the website of the popular Irish high street book shop, the electronic versions of the latest titles were setting punters back as much as double what it would cost to buy the same book in its more traditional format.

Industry experts say that more and more technology savvy bookworms are changing how they read their latest novels. Thousands of titles, downloadable in seconds, can be stored on the devices which are made by some of the world's top technology firms.

But bizarrely, it seems that one advantage traditional books have over new technology at Eason is on price -- the survey shows that in one extreme case punters will have to fork out double the price for the very same title on their ereader. The most expensive ebook found last week was Ian Dury, a biography about the English punk singer, which cost €25.05 online -- a full €13.20, or more than double the price of the paperback version available online.

The electronic version of Mini Shopaholic, a chick lit title by author Sophie Kinsella, and Trespass, a novel by Rose Tremain, cost €11 and €9 more than the same paperback titles.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo retails at €8.63 in paperback -- but costs a whopping 37 per cent more at €11.85 for an ebook. And Katie Price's You Only Live Once retails in paperback at €16.99 but costs a heft €26.15 as an ebook -- an extra 54 per cent. The etomes of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and ex-US President Bill Clinton are more in line with their printed works -- setting recession ravaged punters back just over 50c and 80c more respectively.

Sunday Independent

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