Amazon saw fit to advise me that Stephen King has a new book coming out, for $9.00. A paperback, I assumed.
Nope. Hardcover. List $35.00. 74% off.
I don't really know that it's such a good idea for publishers to emphasize so heavily how little it costs them to print a 1,088-page hardcover.
This is just the most egregious instance known to me of the reciprocal rise in discounts and list prices for hardcovers. The more chains discount, the more the book costs. With the added bonus that, a month or two later, the discounts vanish (in the brick-and-mortar stores anyway) but the list prices do not.
Still, 74% off? Do that many people in