Thanks to Greta, I have an interesting link to share. It’s not 100% effective from my testing but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for ebook price shoppers – or for people who are still undecided between a Kindle or a Sony or another ebook reading device.
EbookPrice.info will show you the purchasing options for an ebook or books by file type, vendor, and price. Pretty savvy idea – and definitely one I appreciate.
Sadly, it’s not 100% effective. Consider my test. This weekend I spent about three hours in epic battle with Fictionwise, then with Mobi DRM, so that I could read Julia Spencer-Fleming’s I Shall Not Want on the Sony 700 instead of the Kindle. So far, the entirety of her series is only available in Kindle form, so I was using Kindle I, Baron von Fusspot. But I knew that the last book was in more that one format, so I bought it at Fictionwise simply because I wanted to read on the 700, which I much prefer to Baron v’Fusspot.
So ultimately I’d have saved myself a good amount of time by shopping with Amazon, and the price difference wasn’t significant. On Amazon: for the Kindle, it’s $14.82. (To which I say, HOLY CRAPPING THUNDERSHORTS that is RIDICULOUS). On Fictionwise: $16.00 but I had more than enough micropay dollars in my bank, so I didn’t actually spend anything.
If I’d known about this site, I could have checked out the other books in the series at other vendors – though the difference in price for the first one – $6.99 at Amazon vs. $21.99 at Powells? That’s insanity! – would definitely have driven me to Amazon anyway.
I’m hoping that whoever is behind the wheel of the ebook comparison machine will link in more stores, like Fictionwise and Books on Board, and that the searching will include books that I KNOW are on the individual vendor’s sites despite not appearing in the EBookPrice.info results.