Motoko Rich on the Costs of Print vs eBook

Motoko Rich, writing in the New York Times earlier this week, took a look at the costs to publishers when they acquire a book, and also the public perception that the average publishing house is saving vast amounts of money since the advent and growth of e-books.
“But publishers also say consumers exaggerate the savings and have developed unrealistic expectations about how low the prices of e-books can go. Yes, they say, printing costs may vanish, but a raft of expenses that apply to all books, like overhead, marketing and royalties, are still in effect.

All of which raises the question: Just how much does it actually cost to produce a printed book versus a digital one?”

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