John Williams wrote:
Any idea why none of Startide Rising or the many sequels are available
in Amazon Kindle format?
I've been curious for some time why so few SF books are available for
Kindle. Only about 1 in 5 of SF books that I would like to purchase
are available for Kindle. The only explanation I can come up with is
that Amazon caps the Kindle edition price at $9.99 (has anyone seen a
SF Kindle book above $9.99?) and the publishers think there is no
profit in it at that price. But paperback editions are frequently less
than $9.99, so that explanation requires that the costs for selling a
Kindle edition are higher than for a paperback, which would be odd. Is
Kindle flawed in this way?
There are many SF Kindle books available in the $14 - $15 range; these are
usually new books. Look at Greg Bear's The City at the End of Time ($14.85)
or Allen Steeles "Coyote Horizon" ($14.27). There are many others. Amazon
tells us that "bestsellers" are usually $9.99. Unfortunately, the books that
we (SF readers) are not usually bestsellers on the New York times list.
I've noticed that the Kindle price on SF books seems to drop when a book
comes out in paperback. That's not scientific, could be just coincidence and
Also, there seems to be a dearth of older classics. There are many that I
would buy if available.