The University of Chicago Press is publishing more e-books--this time a group of mysteries about which I had been wondering just recently. You can get Robert van Gulik's The Chinese Maze Murders for free. To call van Gulik's mysteries concerning the apparently real Judge Dee magisterial is a gross understatement. They are unmatched for their sheer interest and oddity in the annals of crime.
I am, however, puzzled by the match in cost between the paperback edition and the e-book. I do understand that there is a price point below which e-books are not viable--but there must be a substantial cost differential between supplying the ephemeral e-book and supplying the permanent paper, ink, and glue book. This saving should, in part be passed on to the consumer. However, I also recognize that here are hidden costs, especially with DRM deliveries. What I would love to see is cost analysis of the two.