on 11-13-2012 09:40 PM
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.
on 11-14-2012 01:04 PM
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.