does anyone else feel like audiobook pricing is a little out of whack? i don't think they should be free, but dang. production costs cannot possibly be anything like what they would be for a two-hour feature-length motion picture. and i personally would be unlikely to listen to the same book more than once. except maybe harry potter. but i can repeatedly get that on cd from the library. anyone else out there thinking similar thoughts? if we're buying hard copy, as opposed to 'hands free', we're paying for actual paper, glue, cloth, printing, shipping of a weighty object, warehouse space, etc. not sure what's up with audio version pricing. i'd like to see the purchase price come into line somewhere around the price of an album or a feature film. like around the price of a paperback. i don't consider the audio version to be anything like an equivalent to the clothbound bookshelf variety. and, this said, if pricing on the audiobook were more like that of a standard airport paperback edition, i'd be more likely to want *both* the ipod audiobook *and* a print copy for my bookshelf. another acceptable possibility might be a 'netflix'-type rental model, where one could 'always have' like two titles loaded at any given time, but keep them for as long as desired, and make loading a new title require that one title be deleted. in case one goes through a long period of not having time or serenity to listen, but is still into the book. i recognize that sophisticated sound engineering may be involved, depending, and that a book takes a paid actor hours and hours to read aloud. i just think circulation and income for publishers/copyright holders would increase if more individuals were paying less per title. if i'm going to pay $25 or more for a book, i'll buy hard copy, because i can bookmark, annotate, etc. -- and it will never become obsolete as software changes. i just want something talking to me while i'm knitting. i don't even need the newest titles, that aren't out yet in paperback. unless itunes audiobooks come down in price (i have to confess that i also feel that many e-book versions for, say, the amazon kindle, are also priced too high), i'll have to stick with free podcasts while on the go, and just listen at home to cd audiobooks from the library. but the audiobook desire is there. lest anyone @corporate interpret my not buying them to mean that i'm not interested.