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kzink1
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I love my Nook, but...

I love my Nook, but I am finding that BN prices for books are almost always higher than the same books on Amazon...when I bought the Nook, they said that the prices would be comparable, but on one book, it is double the price!

 

In a case like that, it is possible to buy the ebook on Amazon, and somehow get it on my Nook?

 

Thanks so much.

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NomDePlumeIL
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Re: I love my Nook, but...

Sorry but the books bought through Amazon can only be read on the Kindle or the Kindle reader software on iphones, ipads, etc.  Amazon's DRM won't allow their books be read on nook or other ereaders.

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FrogAlum
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Re: I love my Nook, but...

No, Amazon titles will not work.  Most books are comparable but their are some vagaries due to the new Agency 5 model that went into effect and how the contracts (or lack of) are affected some stores.

 

You might try these posts found with the search function:  http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?q=nook+agency+5

Doug_Pardee
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Re: I love my Nook, but...

kzink1 wrote:

I am finding that BN prices for books are almost always higher than the same books on Amazon.

 

This shouldn't be the case. Five of the 'Big 6' publishing houses set the minimum price for e-books, and both Amazon and B&N will have those e-books at that minimum price. There should be no difference at all.

 

In the case of Penguin, though, Amazon does not have to honor that minimum price, but also can't sell any Penguin e-books released since April 1. Penguin has more titles at the top of the New York Times best-seller list than anybody, and this is becoming a problem for Kindle owners. The latest installments of a number of popular series are simply not available to Kindle owners.

 

For the other publishers (Random House and the smaller publishers), B&N generally sets best-seller prices at $9.99, the same as Amazon. This is less than they pay for the e-book; both Amazon and B&N are selling those best-sellers at a significant loss (about $4 per copy). B&N has to make up those losses by making a bit more on the older and less popular titles, while Amazon can make it up on television sets.

 

When you find a title where there's a big difference, and it's not a Penguin title, call Barnes & Noble. They're new to this e-book selling stuff, and there are still glitches in their system. Lots of times they'll find that the pricing was just wrong, and they'll fix it. Customer Service number is 1-800-THE-BOOK (1-800-843-2665), option 2 for Digital Support.

 

While the Kindle owner is stuck with Amazon, NOOK owners can buy e-books from many different vendors (and can borrow them from the public library). A list of some popular e-book sources can be found at a link in my signature.

 

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