5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 3, 2011 9:50 PM by keriflur

    Pricing??

      The book 'Feathers' is listed as a book of interest on the first screen of the B&N site.

      The hardcopy is $14.29, free shipping w/$25 order, or pick-up in store. 

      The NookBook is $25.99. I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???

        • Re: Pricing??
          Tim40744

          duzit wrote:

          The book 'Feathers' is listed as a book of interest on the first screen of the B&N site.

          The hardcopy is $14.29, free shipping w/$25 order, or pick-up in store. 

          The NookBook is $25.99. I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???


          Sony has it for $14.29 or if your NC is rooted and you have K for Android, it's $12.86 there.

          • Re: Pricing??

            duzit wrote:

             I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???


            Well its never been said that the reason to own an ereader is to get books cheaper. Thats not the reason why you are supposed to get one. If anything its for the space saving convienence. They are going to price them at what people are willing to pay. If you can justify paying over $200 for a device to read books on you should be able to justify paying for ebooks what you would for paper books. If not just stick with paper.
              • Re: Pricing??
                keriflur

                Anthony1970 wrote:

                duzit wrote:

                 I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???


                Well its never been said that the reason to own an ereader is to get books cheaper. Thats not the reason why you are supposed to get one. If anything its for the space saving convienence. They are going to price them at what people are willing to pay. If you can justify paying over $200 for a device to read books on you should be able to justify paying for ebooks what you would for paper books. If not just stick with paper.


                Anthony1970 wrote:

                duzit wrote:

                 I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???


                Well its never been said that the reason to own an ereader is to get books cheaper. Thats not the reason why you are supposed to get one. If anything its for the space saving convienence. They are going to price them at what people are willing to pay. If you can justify paying over $200 for a device to read books on you should be able to justify paying for ebooks what you would for paper books. If not just stick with paper.

                Before the Agency Model, getting books cheaper was one of the reasons people bought ereaders.  Not all people, but a lot of people.  It was one of the ways I justified the cost of the N1E (I ordered mine in Dec 2009).  Ebooks used to be cheaper because Amazon sold them at a loss and B&N followed suit.  The problem is, a lot of people still think this and don't do their homework before spending the money on the device.  For those people, I suggest looking into your local library or the library in Philly, which sells memberships to out-of-state residents.

              • Re: Pricing??
                bklvr896

                duzit wrote:

                The book 'Feathers' is listed as a book of interest on the first screen of the B&N site.

                The hardcopy is $14.29, free shipping w/$25 order, or pick-up in store. 

                The NookBook is $25.99. I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???


                There are many, many, many discussions on these forums about pricing.  If you're interested you can search pricing, agency model etc, and read what has been previously discussed.  But the research many of us have done has shown that the major cost in producing a book isn't the paper, printing, shipping etc, (it's been reported at about 12.5% of the cost) it's in the costs you can't readily see, such as editing, marketing, author royalties, overheads, etc, that go into producing a book and those costs have to be born by the ebooks as well as the printed books.  Not to mention some of the costs for printing and distributing a printed book are offset by the costs associated with distributing ebooks, which include software to convert the books, servers to store the books, space to house the servers, software to allow you download the books, software to protect the servers from malicious people and the people needed to keep those servers up and running so you can download a book whenever you want. 

                  • Re: Pricing??
                    kevinrs

                    bklvr896 wrote:

                    duzit wrote:

                    The book 'Feathers' is listed as a book of interest on the first screen of the B&N site.

                    The hardcopy is $14.29, free shipping w/$25 order, or pick-up in store. 

                    The NookBook is $25.99. I do not see that owning a $259 NC saves any money for on purchasing eBooks. eBooks don't require paper, printing, shipping, etc. eBooks should be cheaper than the hardcopies. Any thoughts???


                    There are many, many, many discussions on these forums about pricing.  If you're interested you can search pricing, agency model etc, and read what has been previously discussed.  But the research many of us have done has shown that the major cost in producing a book isn't the paper, printing, shipping etc, (it's been reported at about 12.5% of the cost) it's in the costs you can't readily see, such as editing, marketing, author royalties, overheads, etc, that go into producing a book and those costs have to be born by the ebooks as well as the printed books.  Not to mention some of the costs for printing and distributing a printed book are offset by the costs associated with distributing ebooks, which include software to convert the books, servers to store the books, space to house the servers, software to allow you download the books, software to protect the servers from malicious people and the people needed to keep those servers up and running so you can download a book whenever you want. 


                     While this argument may be partially valid, additional paper books sold have near the same materials, printing costs, shipping costs etc per book. Additional ebooks cost the publisher nearly nothing to sell. Also, the issue was with the ebook price being 182% of the hardcover book price, not that the nook copy wasn't cheaper, but the nook copy is drastically more. I also do wonder if publisher's accounting has ever been audited. Authors often find it hard to get any money from books, as the publishers claim to have made no money. If the publishers can sell out of a book and claim a loss, they should be bankrupt. What I'm wondering specifically is if costs that are actually reduced by printing, promoting, distributing many different books are billed as if each book was done seperately, netting a hidden profit.