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CB2010
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Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

Now that I have a Nook, I really wish B&N would quit sending coupons that limit my book purchase to hard copies and exclude eBooks. I bought the NookColor so I want some eBooks; I'm not shopping for paperbacks.

 

The last time I saw an offer for the Nook you ended up getting a gift card which I think a lot of people where having a problem getting once they made a purchase.

 

Throw us a bone once and awhile. Yes I know you have free Fridays, but I would definitely make a faster purchase if I could use the "buy one, get 2nd 50% off" or X% off a purchase, etc.

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BELphotos
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

How about a B&N Nook Memebership Card. You get one automatically and for free when you buy a Nook. Standard ebook discount of 10% off everytime you use it; only available on Nook related products.

 

I will not be renewing my B&N membership this year; what for?

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Souzou
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

Oh my gosh!  You know, I really hate when B&N sends me emails about industry recognized fiction.  Doesn't it just know that I only read James Patterson?!?

 

I hope everyone got the sarcasm.

 

If you don't like the emails, unsubscribe.  Nobody is going to rush out and buy everything being pitched at them in emails. 

 

Do I wish there were ebook coupons?  Yes.

But the people to blame are the publishers are being slow to adapt to this new medium.

 

And I may be a nook owner, but I bought several physical books last week as gifts for friends and family.  And you better bet I used my membership and coupons!  Why should the company assume that every nook owner is going to abandon print books?

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JohnF76
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

B&N does not have a lot of room to move prices on ebooks, but the latest coupon I got today included 30% off of covers, and other stuff. That's the sort of thing that is very helpful, as outfitting your Nook/NC can get expensive.

 

There's a ton of things that can make your NC/Nook experience even more enjoyable, and I'd love to see a section of the website with links to B&N approved vendors...something that's a win/win for everyone! 

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2noelle
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

I recently got a coupon for $25 off a NookColor, hopefully, B&N will listened to it's customers about offering coupons related to purchasing ebooks and Nook accessories.  I have to admit that I was shocked to see a coupon for $25 off!

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DJ_Boxer
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

Can you post a picture of the coupon?

 

DJ

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jeffkww
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

Agreed, They need to start some Coupon program.

 

The B&N membership card was always a rip off as far as I was concerned,

Couldn't even use it to get a discount on the Nook.

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geertm
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!


CB2010 wrote:

Now that I have a Nook, I really wish B&N would quit sending coupons that limit my book purchase to hard copies and exclude eBooks. I bought the NookColor so I want some eBooks; I'm not shopping for paperbacks.

 

The last time I saw an offer for the Nook you ended up getting a gift card which I think a lot of people where having a problem getting once they made a purchase.

 

Throw us a bone once and awhile. Yes I know you have free Fridays, but I would definitely make a faster purchase if I could use the "buy one, get 2nd 50% off" or X% off a purchase, etc.


B&N is not allowed to discount the eBooks from the big agency 6 publishers. Those eBooks have fixed prices set by the publisher that B&N is not allowed to discount in any way.

eBooks from other publishers are usually already discounted (often to pricematch Kindle).

If we want B&N to stay in business I do not think we can expect extra discounts on eBooks.

B&N can not afford to use eBooks as loss-leaders the way  Amazon does.

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dfehling
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

I just got my coupon in the mail too. Doubt I will buy any paper books but I am going to make a trip up to B&N to use the Godiva coupon. Bring on the truffles!!

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

My membership expired.  I was in the store the other day buying a book for a gift and the sales person asked if I wanted to renew my membership.  I explained that it was pretty much a waste since I have a Nook and am trying to get my books on it, instead of buying physical books.

 

The sales person told me that they are working on offering a discount on Nook books with the membership card -- they were all pushing for it.  I don't know if I believe that I'll ever see it, but it sounds somewhat hopeful that the employees of Barnes & Noble are even bringing it up.

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HighseasPirate
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

I spoke to one of their customer service reps many months ago when I didn't receive my $5 eGift card for buying a nook magazine.  I asked her why ebooks are excluded on coupons or for price reductions.  She told me that the prices are already the lowest price that the publishers will allow the ebook to be sold through B&N.  I never gave it a second thought after that.  I am personally happy with most of the pricing anyway*.

 

I look at it this way with prices.  Many people that go the movies or eat out get 1-3 hours on average of entertainment for the price they pay.  Translate that into the hours that are spent on the book and its price and you will most likely come out ahead on price/entertainment in the books favor.  You could also reread it many times for an even wider gap in the books favor.

 

*Examples:

Movies  (2 hrs. long) : 2 people ~ $20 w/o any drinks/food ::: = $5 p/hr. each person for fun

 

Decent Restaurant (1-2 hours) : 2 people ~ $40-$80 ::: $40 @2 hrs. = $10 p/hr. each person for fun

 

ebook (420pp) : 1 person ~ $20(fairly high priced book) ::: if you can read a page every minute(7 hrs., I read about 1 page every 3-4 minutes) = $2.86 p/hr. for fun

     For me (21hrs.) it would come to $.95 p/hr. for fun

 

It is all in the perspective!:smileyhappy:

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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!


geertm wrote:

CB2010 wrote:

Now that I have a Nook, I really wish B&N would quit sending coupons that limit my book purchase to hard copies and exclude eBooks. I bought the NookColor so I want some eBooks; I'm not shopping for paperbacks.

 

The last time I saw an offer for the Nook you ended up getting a gift card which I think a lot of people where having a problem getting once they made a purchase.

 

Throw us a bone once and awhile. Yes I know you have free Fridays, but I would definitely make a faster purchase if I could use the "buy one, get 2nd 50% off" or X% off a purchase, etc.


B&N is not allowed to discount the eBooks from the big agency 6 publishers. Those eBooks have fixed prices set by the publisher that B&N is not allowed to discount in any way.

eBooks from other publishers are usually already discounted (often to pricematch Kindle).

If we want B&N to stay in business I do not think we can expect extra discounts on eBooks.

B&N can not afford to use eBooks as loss-leaders the way  Amazon does.


And yet when I go to my local grocery store the same books I just looked at an hour before in B$N at $9.99 were $7.99. Yes they are the latest paperbacks, the latest Lee Child and Patterson were just two.

And the grocery store has a decent selection.

Seems like B$N could offer something.

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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!


gnkc wrote:

geertm wrote:

CB2010 wrote:

Now that I have a Nook, I really wish B&N would quit sending coupons that limit my book purchase to hard copies and exclude eBooks. I bought the NookColor so I want some eBooks; I'm not shopping for paperbacks.

 

The last time I saw an offer for the Nook you ended up getting a gift card which I think a lot of people where having a problem getting once they made a purchase.

 

Throw us a bone once and awhile. Yes I know you have free Fridays, but I would definitely make a faster purchase if I could use the "buy one, get 2nd 50% off" or X% off a purchase, etc.


B&N is not allowed to discount the eBooks from the big agency 6 publishers. Those eBooks have fixed prices set by the publisher that B&N is not allowed to discount in any way.

eBooks from other publishers are usually already discounted (often to pricematch Kindle).

If we want B&N to stay in business I do not think we can expect extra discounts on eBooks.

B&N can not afford to use eBooks as loss-leaders the way  Amazon does.


And yet when I go to my local grocery store the same books I just looked at an hour before in B$N at $9.99 were $7.99. Yes they are the latest paperbacks, the latest Lee Child and Patterson were just two.

And the grocery store has a decent selection.

Seems like B$N could offer something.


 The Lee Child and James Patterson books are sold by agency publishers (you can see this by looking at the product details: the books are sold by the publisher, not B&N).

As I already said in my previous reply: these books have a fixed price set by the publisher. B&N is not allowed to discount these books in any way. Otherwise those publishers will not let B&N sell their books anymore. These books will have the same price anywhere, even the Kindle version.

 

B&N ( and your grocery store) are still allowed to discount the paperback and hardback versions of books. That is why e-books from the agency 6 publishers are often more expensive than the paperback or hardback versions of the same books.

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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!


geertm wrote:

B&N is not allowed to discount the eBooks from the big agency 6 publishers. Those eBooks have fixed prices set by the publisher that B&N is not allowed to discount in any way.

eBooks from other publishers are usually already discounted (often to pricematch Kindle).

If we want B&N to stay in business I do not think we can expect extra discounts on eBooks.

B&N can not afford to use eBooks as loss-leaders the way  Amazon does.


Ok...I keep hearing this, but (and nothing personal and maybe I'm just ignorant), but this sounds like BS to me. First of all, if true, this sounds like a violation of anti-trust laws. IANAL, but one thing I know is putting a floor on prices to keep sellers from offering further discounts can be illegal when it hurts consumers.

 

I remember when ALL new books sold for list price. Then Crown Books came along and started offering discounts. There was nothing forcing them to sell at suggested retail. Suddenly Waldenbooks and B.Dalton weren't making money because there was a choice. That lead to BookStop (which B&N bought out) who started the discount card which gave an extra discount and other bookstores. Then Amazon came along and you know the rest.

 

If some group of publishers has now just said you must sell our books no lower than $X or at discounts greater of X%, then the "suggested retail" is simply bogus and they are creating a floor which doesn't allow competition, which could be seen as unfair to consumers and, if so, should be investigated.

 

I think, however, publisher will eventually become an endangered group. If you don't know...only the top $$ writers, like the Stephen Kings and James Patterson get real publicity. The average writer has to promote their own books as best they can. That being, I think many will turn to self-publishing where they control the price. Stephen King (and yes, granted, it's Stephen King) wrote a novella for the Kindle:

 

King said, “I didn’t do ‘Ur’ for money. I did it because it was interesting. I’m fairly prolific. It took three days, and I’ve made about $80,000. You can’t get that for short fiction from Playboy or anybody else. It’s ridiculous.”

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richardwrite25
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Re: Tired of getting B&N coupons or offers that exclude Nook books!

I think they should give us a coupon each week that allows us to download one ebook for free on Fridays.  They can even select the book if they want.