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How Apple iPad 2 raised cost of Kindle Fire and Nook e-books

How Apple iPad 2 raised cost of Kindle Fire and Nook e-books
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

E-books have generally been selling for around $9.99 among today’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 can’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 hardcover’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 Follett’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.

 

What is the God particle or Higgs Boson?

What is the God particle or Higgs Boson?
BY MICHAEL T. GAMBLE
COMMENTARY

So much sound and fury over the Higgs Boson, signifying what? A complete understanding of the fundamental constituents of the world in which we live? Of the universe of w...

Buy Apple iPad 2 for Christmas or wait for iPad 3?

Buy Apple iPad 2 for Christmas or wait for iPad 3?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Analysts are saying that Apple’s iPad 2 will still be a big selling item on Christmas lists this year, despite increasing rumors about the iPad 3 coming in February.

The...

N.J. weather forecast: Warm today before cold front

N.J. weather forecast: Warm today before cold front
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A cold front will continue to press to the east today leading to showers invading the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas this afternoon and eveni...

NRG Energy dumps N.J. offshore wind farm plan

NRG Energy dumps N.J. offshore wind farm plan
BY ADELE SAMMARCO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Governor Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act as a sign of his commitment to expand New Jersey's economy by promoting alternative energy ini...

N.J. weather forecast: Dry conditions with clouds increasing

N.J. weather forecast: Dry conditions with clouds increasing
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

High pressure will shift off the East coast by this afternoon leading to southwesterly winds and warmer temperatures for the Philadelphia and New York City metr...

N.J. weather forecast: Clear and calm through Thursday

N.J. weather forecast: Clear and calm through Thursday
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

High pressure will produce tranquil weather conditions through Thursday morning with light winds, scattered clouds, and seasonable yet chilly temperatures. Tem...

N.J. weather forecast: Freezing cold conditions but no wind chill

N.J. weather forecast: Freezing cold conditions but no wind chill
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Chilly conditions have returned to the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas this morning with temperatures starting out in the upper 10's to mid 20...

Verizon's false emergency alert text freaked out New Jerseyans

Verizon's false emergency alert text freaked out New Jerseyans
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

We’ve all seen the Emergency Broadcast System messages. “This is only a test. This is not an actual alert.” It helps to know that.

On Monday, a series of text messages i...

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