by Tyler Cowen
on February 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm
in Books, Food and Drink
You can order the paperback version — out tomorrow — here. Barnes and Noble link is here.
Is that intended to be the Yellow Vendor food truck on the cover?
I think its a DHL delivery truck. In any case, that cover is WTF worthy.
Never buy a book with a self-explanatory cover.
If you read Tyler Cowen’s provocative and well-written book ‘Good and Plenty:The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding’ you’ll know that people buy books for their cover sometimes…signaling. Most conspicuously seen in furniture stores.
Any book that boils down to “hey you, stupid idiot, you don’t even know how to eat” needs a peppy cover. I am tempted (based on the cover) but I have a few other “hey you, stupid economist” books to finish first.
It’s 85% a book about eating, 15% a book about socioeconomics.
Spoken like a man who went to a quality play-based daycare.
Spoken like a man who has not read the book.
On a kind of related note, I checked out Fuchsia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Chinese Cooking from the library on your recommendation, it’s great! Loved both the history and the recipes.
Every grain of rice” has so far proved wonderful. A few simple ingredients become wonderful dishes.
I couldn’t help but notice that the paperback price is less than the Kindle price. Printing and shipping costs are ~0 for ebooks, so what is the equilibrium for this?
There must be some explanation for this phenomenon, even if it makes no sense.
If I understand your question, the answer is monopoly pricing. Lowering the price from P to P’ raises the quantity from Q to Q’. Want P,Q such that PQ >= P’Q’ for all P’,Q’.
Was wondering the same thing. Is there perhaps an oversupply of printed copies of the book? Or if this is systemic, then perhaps an oversupply of printing capacity in the country as people substitute toward electronic copies?
If you can afford a Kindle, you can afford to pay the “Kindle tax”.
So a form of price discrimination. Those who buy ebooks are less price sensitive than traditional paperback buyers.
Aren’t Kindle users on average higher income and education? Recall Glazer’s Law: “It’s either taxes or price discrimination.” This one isn’t taxes.
This sort of price discrimination is part of the reason why B&N is already signalling its pullout from the ereader business.
Even high income folks may rather download $0.99 apps for their tablet than purchase a $14.99 ebook for their Kindle or Nook. And so, reading will become even more of a niche form of recreation than it already is. Tyler will blog about all the free economics and politics books he’s read while the rest of the Western world slides into post-literacy.
I wish I had an eyedometer to see how many words I read while managing to avoid books like poison. One day at Disney we wore pedometers and tallied 20 miles and it didn’t feel like almost a marathon. Still, I’m buying this one. It’s in my “make it to $25 for the free shipping” section.
You can always download books for free from the usual pirate sources, piratebay.se (but you must check daily as the links go away) or see below. Some of TC’s books are there, but I notice recent releases are not, nor books from authors with a litigious reputation (Rowling) (“Downloading is not available”), but you can get textbooks (awesome!), even TC’s older books. For example, Google “e-books Romania” “Электронная библиотека romania” in Bing to get the usual suspects. BTW I do buy Kindle books, and regular paper books too, lots of them.
Aren’t publishers factoring the fact that Kindle users tend to be more tech-savvy (aka piracy, DRM-cracking etc.) too?
Publishers shouldn’t get too greedy……
For the convenience?
A few ebooks are easier to lug around on a trip than a few paperbacks?
Interesting conjectures, but know one seems to know. Someone is setting these prices and they do seem to vary a bit in their relation to prices for physical copies. One would think that the ebooks would be cheaper to produce, all else being equal. The explanation could be as simple as a desire to prevent Amazon from taking over the publishing business (conjecture on my part).
I prefer the ebook unless the price is above the physical copy’s price (or not very much below). If I do not expect to reread the book and my county’s library system has it available for request, I borrow the physical copy.
You can also borrow some ebooks from pubic libraries using Overdive.
Check with your local library to see if they participate.
Yes, I have, but selection has been a bit thin. I wonder how much it would cost per year to have a large selection of books on a subscription model like Rhapsody?
I like that the Amazon Book Description opens with “A leading economist, “who may very well turn out to be this decade’s Thomas Friedman”..” The injera is flat?
injera, a flatbread, I sea. Warehou is a flat fish, so you could also say “The warehou is flat”
Isn’t “this decade’s Thomas Friedman” a rather harsh insult?
Oh great: more rules. Some libertarian you are.
Are “Rules of Thumb” actually rules? Not entirely sure they are…
Actually, Tyler would blush at my level of love for rules of thumb and it is odd that the other side that is all about norms and making everything at the Federal level is so often against the idea of natural laws.
Free markets rely on rules, e.g. related to property rights.
Agree – just a (bad) joke.
I clicked to look inside but can’t.
New version of the Hardcover cheaper than pre-order of the soft-cover. I feel I should be smart enough to figure this out.
The economist gets a food poisoning at a food truck that is overrun by cockroaches and anti-sanitary conditions.
I seldom buy a Kindle version of a book unless I think the price is reasonable. I was eager to read “An Economist Gets Lunch,” but I checked it out of the library.
This photo from an auction of micro-cars (and yellow micro-vans, judging from the photo) reminded me of the book cover.
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