Wish List

Joan bought me a Sony Touch for Christmas. This is an ideological choice–basically, I believe we need competition in this market. I plan to pass along some notes about the Reader in the future (Joan’s got a Kindle, so I can do comparisons), but today let’s discuss the Sony eBook Store.

Down the page you’ll find a list of the books which were on my Amazon Wish List when I started this little project. A short summary of the information:

  • 64 books.
  • 62 are currently available as new paper books on Amazon (one of the other two is out of print; the other’s not yet published.)
  • 19 of those books are available for purchase in the Kindle store.
    • All but one of the 19 are cheaper than the paper version (the exception has the same price for both media).
  • 12 of those books are available for purchase in the Sony store.
    • Two are cheaper than the paper version. (In both cases, they match the Kindle price.)
  • Two were available for free from Google Books, so the Wish List has since changed.

Both eBook stores have serious deficiencies. The selection is just plain unsatisfactory if you’re serious about books. But Sony seems not to understand basic pricing strategies. It’s a good thing I didn’t expect to make much use of their store. I’ll mostly be finding my reading material elsewhere, something I knew before I asked for the Reader.

As long as I’m discussing Wish Lists: Sony’s store lets me create one, but doesn’t seem to have a method for sharing it. Again, I think they’ve completely missed the point.


Here’s the list (sorted newest to oldest–Bicycling Science has been on the list for over four years). Feel free to reach your own conclusions.

Title Author

Amazon

Kindle

Sony

note

What Distant Deeps

David Drake

     

not yet published

The Miracle has Landed

Matthew Silverman

$16.47

     

Asylum for the Insane

William Decker

$31.50

     

Beating Around the Bushes

Tim Sommer

$15.95

     

Report from Engine Co. 82

Dennis Smith

$10.08

$9.99

   

The Past has Another Pattern

George Ball

$24.75

     

A Soldier Reports

William Westmoreland

     

Amazon has it used

America’s Longest War

George Herring

$31.72

     

History of the Express Companies

A.L. Stimson

$33.40

   

free from Google Books

LeMay

Warren Kozak

$18.45

$14.76

$19.56

 

The Cherryh Odyssey

Edward Carmien

$19.95

     

His Majesty’s Ship

Alaric Bond

$17.05

     

Inventing Wyatt Earp

Allen Barra

$14.96

     

A Handbook of Statistical Analysis Using R

Brian Everitt

$37.08

   

Sony has his Stata book

Three Men in a Boat

John Jerome

$5.95

$0.99

$0.99

free from Google Books

Society for American Baseball Research

Turner Publishing/SABR

$38.65

     

Names on the Land

George Stewart

$13.57

     

Lost for Words

Lynda Mugglesworth

$24.00

     

The Jacksonian Economy

Peter Temin

$18.13

     

Andrew Jackson and the Bank War

Robert Remini

$13.44

     

The Rise of American Democracy

Sean Wilentz

$13.57

     

Chants Democratic

Sean Wilentz

$24.95

     

Andrew Jackson

Sean Wilentz

$14.96

$11.97

$15.40

 

What Hath God Wrought

Daniel Walker Howe

$23.10

$10.86

$18.38

 

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Matthew Crawford

$17.13

$9.99

$9.99

 

Slayer Slang

Michael Adams

$17.09

     

The Plot Against Pepys

James Long

$20.40

     

Metropolitan Government and Governance

G Ross Stephens

$42.00

     

The View from the Masthead

Hester Blum

$43.16

     

As They See ‘Em

Bruce Weber

$17.16

$13.73

   

Conspirator

CJ Cherryh

$17.13

     

Elsewhere, USA

Dalton Conley

$16.32

$13.06

   

The Fielding Bible

John Dewan

$16.29

     

Bill James Gold Mine 2009

Bill James

$16.29

     

Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball

Dock Ellis

$20.65

     

High and Inside

Lou Gorman

$29.95

     

John Evelyn

Gillian Darley

$42.00

     

The Mythical Man-Month

Frederick Brooks

$25.80

$19.24

   

Authority and Disorder in Victorian Times

Paul Thomas

$15.99

     

The Almanac of American Politics 2008

Michael Barone

$47.22

   

nor do they have the other editions

Citizens of the World

David Hancock

$37.57

     

The Shaping of America vol 3

DW Meinig

$32.50

     

Home Before Morning

Linda Van Devanter

$17.96

     

A History of Money and Banking in the United States

Murray Rothbard

$19.00

     

Capital Ideas Evolving

Peter Bernstein

$19.77

$9.22

$20.96

 

Dealers of Lightning

Michael Hiltzik

$13.25

$9.99

$12.59

 

Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me

Richard Farina

$10.88

     

Behind-the-Scenes Baseball

Doug Decatur

$11.66

     

Managing Humans

Michael Lopp

$16.49

     

The Blighted Cliffs

Edwin Thomas

$17.99

     

Sails on the Horizon

Jay Worrell

$11.16

$9.99

$12.56

 

Revolution in the Head

Ian MacDonald

$11.53

     

Beautiful Code

Greg Wilson

$38.56

$28.79

   

The Making of Victorian Values

Ben Wilson

$17.81

$9.99

$19.56

 

Terwilliger Bunts One

Wayne Terwilliger

$16.95

     

Merriam-Webster’s Concise Dictionary of English Usage

 

$11.53

     

The Rider

Tim Krabbe

$9.35

$9.35

$11.65

 

The Yellow Jersey

Ralph Hurne

$11.66

     

Not a Suicide Pact

Richard Posner

$25.60

$14.27

   

The Places in Between

Rory Stewart

$10.76

$8.80

$9.45

 

Thinking for a Living

Thomas Davenport

$11.98

$9.58

   

Management by Baseball

Jeff Angus

$22.95

$9.99

$12.59

 

Rothstein

David Pietrusza

$10.88

     

Bicycling Science

David Gordon Wilson

$17.79

     

The table from Open Office Calc–which generates HTML that’s as ugly as Excel’s. I ran it through Tidy to clean things up a bit.