Maybe it's because the print price is listed on the same page, and the gap just feels too small to justify. As guilty as I start feeling, I start thinking through the used bookstores that might offer it for cheaper. $9 may not seem too crazy to some readers, but my heart starts beating a little faster when I realize the impact even 10 of those books would have on my bank account. At least with a print copy I feel like I have something to show for it. I feel a greater sense of ownership with a print edition. I can highlight if I wanted, I can get it signed, I can save it as a collectible. Those little data codes in my e-reader? My computer? I always feel like I'm just borrowing them. Why would I want to borrow a book for half the cost of owning it?
This dilemma has always plagued me, ever since the start of the e-book revolution. When the Hunger Games came out, I spent a full week debating buying the print of electronic edition to read. If I loved the book, I would have been sad I didn't buy the print edition, but if it wasn't my cup of tea, the money I saved on the e-book would make me feel happier.
So what are your thoughts? How much is too much for an e-book?