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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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Registered: ‎02-09-2010

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.

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Registered: ‎12-03-2011



There are a few factors at play here


1) Publishers set prices.


2) Now that the Agency Model has been struck down in court, sellers will have the option to sell books at a loss.


2b) Some players like Amazon will offer some (usually the bestsellers) at a loss to attract users. A loss leader strategy.


2c) B&N may or may not match.


What you'll probably see is -


Amazon has some pretty low prices on bestsellers. IN some cases B&N matches, in some cases not.


The longer tail i.e. non-bestsellers have usually similar prices.



It's up to you to pick whatever you want.


Personally, I'm going to spread my purchases between booksellers (even if one always has the lowest prices) because if we're left with just one single big ebook retailer then they will really turn the screw in terms of prices and requirements.

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Registered: ‎01-05-2010

Do a search of the forums.  Everything you want or need to know is included in previous posts, including where else you can look for books (Google, Sony, Kobo, etc) and how to load those books to your nook, conversion for non-DRM'd kindle books, and what's been going on with pricing and publishing.