E-books have generally been selling for around $9.99 among todayâ€™s retailers, but in some cases, they now cost more than the printed versions.
According to the Wall Street Journal, an agreement among the six largest publishers allows them now set their own e-book prices, and sellers canâ€™t discount the e-books without permission. The publishers' deal was reached with Apple and the persuasion of Steve Jobs as they were preparing to launch the newest iPad.
The price of a best-selling e-book usually comes in at less than half of the hardcoverâ€™s cost, so larger discounts on hardbound books can make up the difference. Retailers can set their own prices on the printed books.
Here are some cases where an e-book cost more than or just as much as its print form. Popular author Ken Follettâ€™s book, "Fall of Giants," costs $18.99 as an e-book. Last week it went for $16.50 in paperback form on Amazon. And Laura Hillenbrand's bestseller "Unbroken" is $12.99 as an e-book but $13.98 as a hardcover on Amazon.