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Hardcover price war

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Wow Hardcover Prices lower than Kindle Ebook prices...

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byter67
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No doubt Amazon has been taking DTBs prices upward. I have over 50 books on my Amazon wish list dating back to last January and all but 2 or 3 have escalated in price since first being added. B&N prices for these same books are even higher in almost every case. I notice that Overstock requires a $50 purchase in order to qualify for free shipping, The book clubs (Doubleday, Literary Guild, etc.) have been undercutting Amazon prices for some time (for physically slightly smaller but full content member editions) but recent renovations to those web sites are resulting in a less than optimal shopping experience compared to how the sites previously functioned. Order fulfillment is also casual to say the least. I find myself buying more eBooks than ever and use BookBub as my daily email guide to highly rated discounted digital buys from several sources including B&N.

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byter67 wrote:

No doubt Amazon has been taking DTBs prices upward. I have over 50 books on my Amazon wish list dating back to last January and all but 2 or 3 have escalated in price since first being added. B&N prices for these same books are even higher in almost every case. I notice that Overstock requires a $50 purchase in order to qualify for free shipping, The book clubs (Doubleday, Literary Guild, etc.) have been undercutting Amazon prices for some time (for physically slightly smaller but full content member editions) but recent renovations to those web sites are resulting in a less than optimal shopping experience compared to how the sites previously functioned. Order fulfillment is also casual to say the least. I find myself buying more eBooks than ever and use BookBub as my daily email guide to highly rated discounted digital buys from several sources including B&N.


Hmm.  Do the posts in this thread appear to refute the oft seen refrain on these boards that Amazon is going to totally take over the retail book business because of its ability to sell books at a lower price?   Perhaps Amazon is more vulnerable than some thought.  Food for thought ...

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byter67 wrote:

No doubt Amazon has been taking DTBs prices upward. I have over 50 books on my Amazon wish list dating back to last January and all but 2 or 3 have escalated in price since first being added.


Were these titles backlist or frontlist when you added them?

 

Is it possible the increases you're seeing are in line with inflation?

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I was surprised to read that it was Overstock that fired the first shot. I'm not surprised that Amazon responded, given the nature of the campaign, but it is a bit absurd to see the ebooks selling at higher prices than hardcovers.
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Of those books on my DTB Wish List, one decreased in price by 7.6%, 5 prices remained unchanged. Of the remainder, price increases range from 1% to 36.5% with an average price increase of 14.2%.

I am on a path to purchase about 200 books this year, so following prices closely is a priority for me.

Not sure what you mean by frontlist or backlist. Books were added on dates they came to my attention since January of this year. Virtually all are new or fairly recent publications.


Sorry - my DTB Wish List contains about 25 books (the total varies daily) and it is my eBook Wish List that tops 50 titles.

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Frontlist titles are the newest releases from a publisher; backlist titles are books that are at least a year old, but still sell well enough to keep in print. The terms come from the publishers catalogs which would have a list in the front of the catalog with all their new titles, and a separate list in the back of the catalog with their older titles.

Keri's question about whether the books were frontlist or backlist has to do with frontlist titles usually being more heavily discounted than backlist titles, and those discounts decreasing as the book moves from frontlist to backlist status.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1017_3-57595970/overstock-aggressively-challenges-amazon-on-book-prices/

 

From the cnet article:

"We are already 9 percent cheaper than Amazon on other products," Byrne answered. "We have better customer service, and we're nicer people."

 

Wow. Overstock's really going for it.