11-07-2009 04:43 PM
Whereas I totally agree with the basic complaint in this thread, I do want to bring up a valid point. Unlike the Kindle, the Nook uses the ePub file type, which is more widely available through various online stores.
So yes, BN's prices are totally unacceptable for the Nook to succeed as purely supplied by BN... HOWEVER, if I buy a Nook, I can easily shop around for my ebook on other sites online, so long as they sell an ePub version.
The Kindle however, uses a file type that is not easily found in other places... so it has much less flexibility (and competition) in the ebook market.
Worst comes to worst, you can always user a converter to change your ebooks to pdfs, which are still readable on the Nook. Not my first option, but not that bad either.
My biggest complaint is the inability to buy eBooks through BN's site when outside of the US or with a non-US billing address. As far as I can tell, I can't buy any ebooks even though they are online so should be available to me. This makes it pretty much mandatory for me to buy my ebooks somewhere else... such as shortcovers.com or google books.
11-07-2009 12:06 AM
The price of the eBooks on B&N are awful compared to Amazon. Example, Oprah's Book Selection "Say You're Not One Of Them". Amazon $6.99 B&N $9.99. There are many of these just like this.
After checking prices of the books I'll be ordering the Kindle. What a disappointment.
11-07-2009 06:09 PM
Her review is what scared me away from the Kindle 2. LOL. I wouldn't even look at the nook at first because I'd made up my mind with the Kindle. Then, I read Gadget Queen's review, and that's when I decided to have a look at the nook... just in case. If I do decide to change my mind again, I'm going to invest in a Kindle 1, definitely.
"This town ain't big enough for both of us, and it ain't me who's gonna leave." - The Sparks
11-08-2009 12:55 PM
The day is coming [Nov. 14th] where I will make my decision whether or not to purchase the Nook, and if that ends up being a "no," I will be purchasing the Kindle 2. In addition, selection is really pretty pathetic...
Other than a few needles in the haystack, almost all of B&N's books are more expensive, usually by 1, 2 or even 3 and 4 dollars. Unacceptable.
Post here if you have the same frustration about pricing.
To people @ B&N: You guys posted a thread about books you'd like to see on the store. For my list, just go look up Amazon's selection and add the titles that you don't have. That'll keep you guys busy for a while.
And do you realize by not making a statement about pricing, you are literally turning away customers.
11-08-2009 08:07 PM
The admins keep moving the threads, but not responding to them. A simple 'we're looking into it' or 'we are not permitted to respond to this', etc. would suffice, but instead threads like this keep getting looked over. Not good CS!
11-09-2009 06:05 AM
This has been discussed in lots of places, but no - right now Membership does not apply to ebooks, you can't use gift cards for ebooks, etc. Hopefully this will change soon!
11-09-2009 06:06 AM
No, if you have a B&N mastercard you get the 5% back on your card but, you do not get a discount for memebership. You also cannot use ANY gift card, paypal or bank issued gift card.
11-09-2009 06:13 AM
I e-mailed this very question to customer service and the response I got was that their "e-books are deeply discounted" I do not agree. The Stand is $40.00 for an e-book, 37.00 for a hardback and just over $7.00 for a paperback.