“At first I could not believe my eyes: the Kindle download is more expensive than the hardcover version. This is outrageous!” Wrote one King Fan.
“Unfortunately as a retired senior I can’t afford $14.95, so my one star review is not about the short stories. I haven’t read them.” Wrote another.
“Please kindle owners – don’t buy books that are overpriced! This is the only way that the publishers will bring the prices down!” Complained yet another King fan.
"I won't buy the hardcover. Why should I after investing in a Kindle? But nor will I be ripped off by the greedy men in suits who run the publishing industry. This is a load of shit." Wrote a particularly furious fan who then proceeded to also give the book one star.
This has happened before. Perhaps it’s time for Amazon to put up separate star ratings for pricing and availability; they could collect some interesting data that way, in addition to protecting authors from lost sales due to customer disgruntlement over things that have nothing to do with writing quality.