02-23-2010 06:52 PM
I've noticed that the new Sookie Stackhouse that has been available for pre-order is up too. Amazon has the hardcover available for $12.00 and the kindle version is available for $10.80. The nook eBook has been increased to $12.97. I might as well by the hardback version. I thought that this was supposed to save me some money as well as shelf space? I like the convenience of buying a book whenever the mood strikes me, but if it's cheaper for me to buy it somewhere else then I'm just going to go there.
02-24-2010 05:51 AM
Interesting. he threads of many amazon blogs are saying the same thing as participants here. I guess it's a disease that all ebook readers are now being diseased with by the publishers.
02-24-2010 06:01 AM
Amazon already offers several thousand free books so I really don't have to go to the library for free books.. I think it would be good for all the Nook, Kindle, etc.,etc. to band together to fight this ridiculous price game that is now being played by the publishers. Anybody agree? Jerrnan@aol.com
02-24-2010 08:02 AM
I definitely agree that an eBook should in NO WAY be more than the lowest priced version of the actual book, and I won't pay more than $9.99 for any of them. I will always look at my wish list and see if they ever come down. That being said, I need to figure out if I can borrow from my public library and how to do it. It sounds like a great idea if I can borrow them.
02-24-2010 02:04 PM
I say we put a 1 star review on any e-book that is the same or more expensive than the hard cover as well as voting with our wallets. If we do this enough they might get the message, it worked with the game Spore, if you go to Amazon you'll see thousands of 1 star reviews for the restrictive DRM on the game and it got the game maker's attention. What publishers don't realize is that they are punishing their own consumers, the people willing to pay for the product!
02-24-2010 04:58 PM
I say we put a 1 star review on any e-book that is the same or more expensive than the hard cover as well as voting with our wallets.
That's what I did for "Salem's Lot." $26 for the digital edition is outrageous. "Under the Dome" was $9.99 yesterday and today it's $18.
02-24-2010 11:15 PM
For B&N to suddenly increase prices on eBooks is absolutely ludicrous!!!!!!! I've been watching The Psysick Book of Deliverance Dane which was 9.99......early last week it went up to 11.99, this week it went up to 14.99!! That's just NOT the right direction I'm waiting for it to go in!! I just got on the wait list at the public library!! I don't mind paying for eBooks, but I'm not STUPID!!! So I read it on my computer....So big deal!!!! I love my Nook, but will find plenty of other less expensive reads to put on it!!!! Somebody better figure out their act, or they won't have to worry about getting the Nooks to the second line stores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In case they haven't looked yet, the economy has NOT turned around yet!!!!!!!!!!!
02-25-2010 12:23 AM
I too have been upset about all the price increases...however, i just noticed that a couple of books have gone back down. For example, Under the Dome (which I bought at 9.99) was 9.99 until a day or two ago. Then it jumped up to 18 and now it is back down to 9.99 as I write this post. I have also noticed a couple of other books like that as well.
So, maybe the publishers are hearing us...only time will tell. Because the 9.99 (or so) price point was a big selling point for me getting the nook.
02-25-2010 10:05 AM
First and foremost. I still love my nook. I've had absolutely no issues with it.
My wife has a Kindle. she has had no issues with hers, either.
Funny, however, the King book is still $9.99 on amazon.
dennis lehane's book sacred is $4 cheaper on amazon.
i could go on ...
and on ...
and on ...
it is frustrating. I would like an explanation why Amazon can charge, in some cases, half as much as B&N.
Just venting, I'm sure this isn't news to anyone. i'm not the first one to do so.
02-25-2010 10:42 AM
I noticed that several books on my Wishlist came down in price today to match Amazon. I will buy some at these prices. Hopefully if we buy at the lower prices and boycott the higher ones B&N will get the message.
02-25-2010 11:11 AM
It doesn't seem that B&N, Amazon Kindle, or any one else is listening to us. Hmmmm.
That's why I recommend the 1 start reviews, the game Spore sold poorly because there are thousands of Amazon reviews with 1 start reviews because of the game's restrictive DRM, it actually got the game makers (EA) attention and they loosened up the restrictions but not before it seriously hurt the game's sales. If enough of us give the e-books that cost more than their paper products a 1 star review it might get some attention. I don't mind seeing new releases at 12-14, and then the price going down but so far we have not been seeing this happen at all. I'll give a 1 star review anytime I come across an e-book that has a cheaper paper counterpart.
02-25-2010 11:56 AM
I have both the Kindle and Nook and plan on selling one of them. At this point I'm leaning toward keeping the Nook notwithstanding B&N's higher prices because of the Nook's ability to read borrowed books from the library.
You can read library books on the Kindle just fine, it just takes a few extra seconds on your PC to convert them from DRMed Mobi files to "Kindle" files. I've been reading mobi format books on my Kindle for months now. There is just a single bit in the Mobi file that tells the Kindle that it's a "kindle" format book rather than a mobi format book. One script will tell you your PID and the other one will change that one bit in the file you get from the library. So the process does not touch the DRM in any way, the file remains locked to your kindle and will expire at the time set by the library just as before, so its use isn't violating the DMCA. You need 2 Python scripts and Python scripting language itself. Python can be obtained from the company's website www.python.org. You want version 2.6 and not the newer v3. The 2 scripts you need are kindlepid.py and kindlefix.py. You can find them using google and will want to get them directly from the authors (igorsk) blog. They are simple to use and include instructions for their use, but there is a graphical interface someone made that makes them even simpler if you are not used to command line programs. You can find that by checking the mobileread.com forums.
The Nook is easier to real library books, but the Kindle can do it as well. It just depends on which is more importaint to you.. ease of use or prices (which may be going up on Amazon in the future anyway).
02-25-2010 02:29 PM
Steven Lawhead's King Raven Trilogy just got a price hike.
Hood (Book 1) is not even out in ebook yet.
Scarlet (Book 2) is now $11.42 (just slightly cheaper than trade paperback).
Tuck (Book 3) is now $19.27 (more expensive than the trade paperback).
I refuse to pay $19+ for an ebook that I can get for $12 in paperback.
And why on earth is Book 3 more expensive by $7.85?!?
I realize that this is more the publisher's doing than B&Ns, but come on...this is RIDICULOUS.
02-25-2010 07:18 PM
I've been watching the ebook Angelology for a while now. It's pre-release, and comes out on Tuesday. I don't remember where the price started but it was somewhere below $17. The price went up to $19.96, over the cost of the hardcover with my BN membership ($18.86). Then it dropped back down to just under $18 (I think maybe $17.75 or so?). Now it's back to $19.96. Hello B&N? First of all, make up your mind, pick a price and stick with it for more than a few days at a time! But please recognize that I'm not going to buy the ebook version if it cost more than the hardcover!
Given that I just went and bought a handful of books that dropped back down to Amazon-level prices, I probably won't buy the Angelology book for a while now. And why should I? When it's 10$ or less, I'll think about it then.
02-25-2010 07:43 PM
I agree with most of the posts here. But just for the sake of being "fair" I will point out that the new Sookie has been $12+ for a couple of months now, well before the recent, crazy price changes. I was able to pre-oder it for the $9.99 price and noticed that it went up a few weeks laer.
02-26-2010 12:55 AM
Just checked bestseller ebook list. In the top 50 only 4 cost more than $10. Keep it up everyone. Soon, it will be evident that if "they" want to sell an ebook, it will need to be less than $10 for us digital readers. Higher priced book just won't sell as much. I ignore, right now, any book over $10. Don't let the crazies take over their own asylum or soon we will loose all interest in ebooks.
02-26-2010 06:40 PM
Just checked my e-wish list also:
Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson went from $9.99 to $17.49. The paperback price is only $11.24. Also, other books on my list have almost doubled in price and the paperback versions are much cheaper. I don't understand these increases either. It would be nice if B&N moderators would reply to this thread and explain this.
We live in our RV full time and do not have the room to store books. This is why we purchased a Nook so we can have all the books we want without the storage.