The Summer marches on, and that means it’s time for some more summer reading. My recommendation this week is from George Mason economist and Marginal Revolution blogger extraordinaire, Tyler Cowen. His latest book is The Age of the Infovore.
So, I was poised to pick up a copy for my wife at Amazon for what seemed to be a bargain price of $10.88, but then noticed that the hardcover version, Create Your Own Economy, was selling for only $4.64. It’s the same book, but the title changed when the paperback edition was released.
But then I thought, maybe she’d want the Kindle version instead. But the Kindle edition of Create Your Own Economy is $12.99, whereas the Kindle for The Age of the Inforvore is $9.99. Huh. So I’m paying a premium for a Kindle version of a hardcover version of the book, but I enjoy a steep discount if I actually purchase the hardcover.
Then I thought, well, maybe I’ll get her some perfume.
I think Yoram Bauman is right – choices are bad.
UPDATE: I sent this pricing info to Professor Cowen and he sent me a copy of his book with the inscription, “How is $0.00 for a price?” Thanks!
UPDATE 2: While trolling the EconTalk archives, I came across an episode of Roberts and Cowen talking about the book.