I think the 1962 dollars and the razor blades point both serve to
paper over the main problem with the argument: Netflix is not free,
and libraries are not driven by profit motive.
On 5/17/11, Keith Jenkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I always get suspicious when an author converts current prices into
> 1962 dollars for no apparent reason, and without explanation.
> On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM, Roy Zimmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I think 50 cents would be right in the ballpark. My earliest scifi
>> paperbacks cost me that much, mid-60's.
>> Roy Zimmer
>> Waldo Library
>> Western Michigan University
>> On 5/17/2011 11:18 AM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
>>> On 5/16/2011 7:52 PM, Luciano Ramalho wrote:
>>>> > And then we need to consider the rise of the Kindle. An ebook costs
>>>> > about $1.60 in 1962 dollars. A thousand ebooks can fit on one device,
>>>> 1) Why quote the ebook price in 1962 dollars? The reality in 2011 is
>>>> that Kindle books in general are too expensive, particularly when
>>> Yeah, how much did a paperback book cost in 1962? 50 cents? $1? I
>>> alive then, but I bet $1.60 is expensive in 1962 dollars!
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