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What's the deal with eBook pricing?

What's the deal with eBook pricing?  I've been a long time Nook user and am enjoying the HD+.  I've been comparing prices between Barnes and Noble and Amazon lately.  I recently purchased The Big Short by Michael Lewis.  I checked Amazon where it was about $6 cheaper on the Kindle.


I wish publishers and sellers get real on eBook pricing.  I realize the book or magazine has to be modified to support the features and convenience offered by eReaders.  However, that's a one time charge and I'm sure its offset by whatever is saved from printing a traditional hard/soft cover.  Costs are exorbitant. 


Barnes and Noble, I'm a loyal customer.  Don't make me feel like I'm being gouged when I click the buy button.

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This is not an agency book, so the bookstore sets the price.

The digital listprice is $28. This means that Amazon and B&N probably pay about $14 to the publisher.

So Amazon is selling the book at an $4 loss ($9.99), while B&N sells the book at almost break-even price ($15.37).

B&N cannot afford to sell books at a loss like Amazon. They usually try to pricematch Amazon with popular fiction novels (which means they have to sell those at a loss). But they usually do not do this with non-fiction books.

So for non-fiction books Amazon will usually have the lower price.