Today, The New York Times is reporting that two Amazon Kindle Edition books were more expensive than their hardcover brethren as of last week. Specifically, Ken Follet’s Fall of Giants (Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group) is $19.99 in eBook form and $19.39 in hardcover form. Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Little, Brown & Company) will run you $14.99 for the Kindle version, but the hardcover is $14. Kindle owners accustomed to paying $9.99 for were quick to complain, which has the publishers and Amazon pointing fingers at each other. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble is charging $21.06 for the hardcover of Follet’s bestseller, and $19.99 for the eBook, and $16.37 for the Patterson hardcover, but $14.99 for digital edition. Borders, however, has followed Amazon’s lead; charging the same prices for Follet’s, but going even lower for Patterson’s hardcover, which is selling for $13.99. It has yet to be seen if this digital book price gouging is a trend we can expect to see more of, but we suspect it’s just the first volley in a war where only customers are the losers.