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tduffy
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cost of ebooks

What will the cost of ebooks be?

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athenagwis
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Re: cost of ebooks

Most of the new books cost $9.99, the older books usually seem to range from $5 to $8.  You can browse the ebooks here:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/index.asp?bnit=H  to see what your favorite titles might cost.


Cheers!

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StanDiego
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Re: cost of ebooks

In general, how does the cost of B&N ebooks compare to Amazon kindle ebooks? Amazon's paper books are typically significantly cheaper.

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ExileJelly
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Re: cost of ebooks

Check out this article that discusses cost beyond just the $9.99 books B&N wants you to know about.

 

http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/The-Crook-in-the-Nook-Barnes-Noble-ebooks-are-overpriced-c...

 

 

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penny61PM
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Re: cost of ebooks

Rachael -- So, you CAN respond to cost questions.  Now how about those hundreds of people who, like me, have either ordered or are thinking about buying nook but have taken a careful look at the truly breathtaking difference in the pricing of Amazon's ebooks!  I cannot see how I can stay with the still-unpurchased choice of nook!!

Please respond.  For every one person who writes there are hundreds more who are silent.  This is a big mistake on the part of Barnes and Noble, especially in these fiscally difficult times.

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StanDiego
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Re: cost of ebooks

just as I suspected. B&N, you lost a nook sale to me. As others have stated elsewhere, superiority of the hardware is not reason enough to pay the hefty prices of your e-books.

 

I suspect B&N has a lot riding on the success of the nook. Again they're going to blow their opportunity because of greed. It's unfortunate because the competition would be good for all of us sans Amazon.

 

B&N, it's not too late...

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JimM
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Re: cost of ebooks

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StanDiego wrote:

just as I suspected. B&N, you lost a nook sale to me. As others have stated elsewhere, superiority of the hardware is not reason enough to pay the hefty prices of your e-books.

 

I suspect B&N has a lot riding on the success of the nook. Again they're going to blow their opportunity because of greed. It's unfortunate because the competition would be good for all of us sans Amazon.

 

B&N, it's not too late...


 

If you look at other threads around here, you'd see that they ARE working on bringing the prices down, bringing them much more closely in line with other eBook stores, even beating Amazon's prices in a number of cases.

 

For example: this thread and this one.

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dc22
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Re: cost of ebooks

 


penny61PM wrote:

Rachael -- So, you CAN respond to cost questions.  Now how about those hundreds of people who, like me, have either ordered or are thinking about buying nook but have taken a careful look at the truly breathtaking difference in the pricing of Amazon's ebooks!  I cannot see how I can stay with the still-unpurchased choice of nook!!

Please respond.  For every one person who writes there are hundreds more who are silent.  This is a big mistake on the part of Barnes and Noble, especially in these fiscally difficult times.


 

She is a "frequent contributer" meaning she posts on the boards a lot. She is NOT and "admin". She does not work for B&N. and if you do a little "simple search" through the boards you will fine this topic has been discussed in detail numerous times. The prices are competitive at the publishers price. Amazon takes a pay cut from their prices. 

 

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StanDiego
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Re: cost of ebooks

Thanks, Jim. It does look promising. I think I'll wait a bit and see if the trend continues. It's a shame that the nook and kindle ebook formats are proprietary and not cross-platform compatible.

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WestOf8th
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Re: cost of ebooks

I doubt this will be a long term issue.  The ebook landscape will get more and more competitive.  Those who are more value oriented can buy ebooks elsewhere and transfer them to the nook via USB.  Amazon already sells some books in PDF format, and we'll probably see this more of this in the future.  To prevent this, B&N will likely keep prices in line with other merchants, just like they do with paper-based books.

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kristi_c
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Re: cost of ebooks

I've been doing some research and I want the nook.  So that's one decision made.  I think that I'm going to let my barnes and noble membership expire and get a fictionwise membership instead.  They offer competitive pricing plus many specials and they are a barnes and noble company so their formats will work on the nook. 

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arrowspace90
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Re: cost of ebooks

This has been mentioned elsewhere but I can't find the thread to chime in with.

 

It isn't the fault of BN, but buying the nook and ebooks from a seller with "presence" in all the states sets up a big tax penalty.

 

I just noticed, ordering from Texas, the tax on my Nook was $21!!  Ouch.  It hurts worse knowing that Amazon would get away from charging any tax for the kindle.

 

Yes, I think that today the nook is a cooler device or I wouldn't have ordered one.  But between the tax problem and the higher cost of e books on BN vis a vis Amazon,  I don't know if I can stay with Nook for my own personal use.  I will shoulder the bills for my daughter's nook and she will have fun taking it into the store with her.  I would rather just shop online, so cost will mean more to me.