"Save me, oh God, from people who have no sense of humor."
— Ludlow Porch

This is what's wrong with the Kindle (and by extension, the Apple iPad Bookstore)

I own a Kindle. When I first bought it I was lured with the promise of getting elctronic versions of my books at a substantial discount. It makes sense. The production of an electronic version of a book is completed in one step. That electronic book can then be copied an infinite number of times at a very very tiny cost; much less than one cent per copy. Conversely, paper books must be created in production runs that require people to set up the presses, run the presses, maintain the presses, continually feed raw material - ink and paper - into the presses, etc... Not to mention the cost of storage, transportation, handling. The cost of producing a paper book is orders of magnitude greater than producing a copy of an electronic book. Additionally, the normal rules of supply and demand don't work with electronic books since there is no real limit on supply. 

The retail price of the electronic book should reflect these actualities, but it doesn't. I expected pricing on electronic books to shake out over time, and settle in at something in the $4 to $7 range. When I see this on the Amazon website...

I realize that the Kindle and iPad and Sony book readers will NEVER be as popular as they can be. At least not until the ebook sellers get the pricing in order. At comparable prices to the paper book, I will always buy paper before the electronic version.