Law Books on Kindle

kindleThe Practising Law Institute says it is the first publisher of professional books to offer titles on Amazon’s Kindle reading device.   Its foray into Kindle publishing begins with a selection of 67 titles, and I was delighted to see among them my practitioner’s treatise on corporate law (co-written with Linda Smiddy and inherited from the late Larry Soderquist). 

PLI, which publishes hundreds of books that reach hundreds of thousands of practicing attorneys, hopes to increase its Kindle offerings to 100 by year-end and add more as warranted.  Pricing is interesting: the printed version of my book retails for $235; the Kindle version costs only $188.   One hopes the difference is made up in sales volume.  

McGraw-Hill, publisher of three of my trade books, has published two of them using Kindle (here and here), and sales of those two did seem to enjoy a slight bump.  I guess I need to go Kindle with my self-published collection of Warren Buffett’s Essays now too, if Dave Hoffman is right about the future of book publishing and reading. 

Hat Tip: Law Librarian (quoting July 10, 2009 Wall Street Journal)

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2 Responses

  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I’m all in favor of authors making a decent living from their work, but sorry to say I find the pricing of Kindle editions obscenely high. Plus there’s the added insult that one has to buy dedicated hardware that may go the way of the Newton or 8-track in a few years. High prices for some low-volume physical books may have some rationale because of fixed costs of production. To peg Kindle edition prices so closely to the prices of the physical books seems like pretty naked rent-seking. I’d rather see authors push for a non-proprietary (or broadly-available, like .pdf) electronic format at much lower prices. Then your volume effects might start to kick in.

  2. A.W. says:

    my big question is this… how is this better than just making it downloadable into a regular computer?

    I mean there is some marginal benefit, i assume, but its like $300, and that is hard to justify.