I just paid 13$ for an e-book. (Which is cheaper on Amazon, and is something Whatcatydidnext would probably enjoy.) What is up with e-books costing close to or as much as their dead-tree versions? There are no printing costs, no shipping, no brick & mortar overhead. The publisher just uploads the story to Amazon or Barnes and Noble, etc..
Non-fiction I can kind of understand, research is a lot of work, but even then some of those prices are outrageous too. And novels? There is no way they should cost more than $5.