Is "Building Proximity Applications with iBeacon" really 60 pages at $19.99?

The book "Building Proximity Applications with iBeacon" is listed with the early release price of $19.99. However, catalog description says it only has 60 pages. Is one of these values incorrect?
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  • Tai Hake (Official Rep) June 02, 2014 23:20
    Hi Tweisbach,
    That title is scheduled to be 60 pages at the time of full release, and it's list price is $19.99. There are of course many discounts available for our books and videos that you can use every day. For Ebooks the best one to use is the "Buy one get one free" deal that you can find here :https://members.oreilly.com/account/b... . If that discount code doesn't work for some reason, please contact our customer service team so we can get you one that does.
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  • The reason I ask is that I did a brief sampling of O'Reilly ebooks and found that most books are over 10 pages per $. One book I found was 5.6 pages per $. However, "Building Proximity Applications with iBeacon" was the most expensive I found at 3 pages / $. I was wondering if this might be a mistake.
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  • Hi Tweisbach,

    I appreciate your taking the time to analyze our prices in such detail, but how we price content takes more into account than just page count, as the value of a book is not always directly proportional with its length. In fact, for particularly focused material, a shorter book often actually adds value for the reader, as the author has researched and condensed a great deal of content into a more manageable and digestible format, which may in itself warrant a premium (because it reduces the time the reader requires to research and learn the content on his own).

    In this particular case (and every book is priced according to its distinct market and the content of the particular book), we feel this is the right price for this book, offering a real value for its short length, especially compared with longer competitive titles in the market with much higher retail prices.

    I hope this answers your question, and if you do purchase the book, I do hope you'll agree that the content in the book justifies its price.

    Regards,
    Brian Sawyer
    Senior Editor, O'Reilly Media
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