What's the point of an e-book ...?

... that's more expensive than the hard cover? Here's a screen cap from Amazon.com and Dick Cheney's new book:
The hard cover is $19.05. The Kindle (i.e., electronic book price) is $24.53.

I do note that Amazon has the "This price was set by the publisher" disclaimer below the price as if to say, "Don't email us about this, we don't want to hear it!"

Still, what possible logic could there to charging less to print, bind a ship a book than to transfer bits to my e-reader?

Meanwhile, the Cheney book is only $20.99 on Kobo, so I think I'll be buying it there instead. 

Competition. Gotta love it.
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