Like I said, it’s a cost issue. If you don’t have a publisher, it’s much more expensive to produce a decent quality book… and we aren’t taking about a pocket paperback, but a large (like 8x10 at least) book.
Then they could sell it as an e-book. But then, it’s hard to charge a C-Note for an e-book. So there is a profit motive to market something as a real-life book.
And I’ll say it one more time (making this the fourth time I’ve said this): Authors can bind their writings in lamb skin for all I care. I simply have a right as a consumer to know, in advance, whether I’m getting a “book” or not.
It’s about ethics - plain and simple.
They could charge whatever they like for an e-book. If you want it badly enough, you’ll pay it. However, they’re also much easier to pirate… which means lost revenue.
That’s not ethics, btw, that’s personal perference and annoyance (giving you a binder is hardly unethical… hell some even prefer it).
Are you basically arguing symantics.
You can say it 15 times if you like, but how exactly is that going to change anything? You’re ranting in a forum… in case you haven’t noticed (bitching about something is fine, but that doesn’t mean that it’ll get anything done).
Email the author in question and suggest that they should include that information on their site. They might actually go do it (it might simply not have occured to them to mention that it was in a binder format).