10 Replies Latest reply on Aug 13, 2010 4:32 PM by DblGee

    Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle

      I'm a new Nook owner, and while generally satisfied, have been somewhat frustrated that a number of books are priced significantly higher for Nook than for Kindle.  Here are some examples:

       

      A Kingdom Strange:  The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke (B&N Ebook Price: $20.05, Kindle Price: $14.30)

       

      The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz (B&N Ebook Price: $19.31, Kindle Price: $14.30)

       

      The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff (B&N Ebook Price: $16.11, Kindle Price: $9.99)

       

      Witz By Joshua Cohen (B&N Ebook Price: $14.07, Kindle Price: $9.99)

       

      The First War of Physics (B&N Ebook Price: $26.00, Kindle Price: $19.25)

       

      Holy Water by James P. Othmer (B&N Ebook Price: $20.02, Kindle Price: $14.82)

       

      Making Haste from Bablyon by Nick Bunker (B&N Ebook Price: $22.28, Kindle Price: $16.50)

       

      The Last Hero:  A Life of Henry Aaron (B&N Ebook Price: $22..24, Kindle Price: $16.47)

       

      Yehuda Halevi by Hillel Halkin (B&N Ebook Price: $18.57, Kindle Price: $14.85)

       

      The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney (B&N Ebook Price: $20.02, Kindle Price: $14.82);

       

      Winston's War by Max Hastings (B&N Ebook Price: $26.00, Kindle Price: $19.25).

       

      It would be great to know the reason, but even better if the B&N prices were lowered to match the Kindle price.

        • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle

          Unfortunately, this has been a way of life since B&N started their program...

           

          The wonderful thing about the Nook is the ability to purchase elsewhere, I quite often do.

           

          You can also check the publishers website and they might have the lowest possible price.

           

           

          • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle
            Tim40744

            HBond, if you check prices/availability (it's sometimes inaccurate) on Inkmesh, you can often find prices that match Amazon's. A random pick of one of your 16 books "The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney," can be found at Sony for Amazon's price. Try it.

            • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle

              @HBond

               

              The good news is that bringing these pricing discrepancies to B&N's attention -- as you did in this post -- very often results in B&N adjusting their prices.  I don't know why they don't do the comparison shopping themselves, but at least they respond when we do.

               

              Check back on those books in the coming days and weeks, and chances are you'll see at least some of them repriced at a level we'll like better.

              • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle

                 


                HBond wrote:

                I'm a new Nook owner, and while generally satisfied, have been somewhat frustrated that a number of books are priced significantly higher for Nook than for Kindle.  <cut>

                 

                It would be great to know the reason, but even better if the B&N prices were lowered to match the Kindle price.


                 

                 

                I've given up on trying to figure out the reasoning behind the price discrepancy.  I resolved the issue by having both a nook and a kindle.  The prices are so low nowadays.

                 

                Given a choice, I prefer the nook.  If prices are equal, I buy @ B&N for the nook.  If Amazon has a lower price - any kind of lower price - on the kindle it goes.

                 

                Instead of racking my brain trying to figure out why these two retailers do this, I've decided to take advantage of the competition between them.

                • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle
                  AikiPen

                  I've noticed in the past week that about 30% of my non-A5 books on my book list have gone up in price. Some just a little some as much as 2 or 3 dollars. :smileysad: on books under 10$. These are all books where B&N is the bookseller, which I have been purchasing over A5 books. Between that and not being able to use my membership card I'm beginning to rethink my B&N loyalty.

                  • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle
                    Ozman69

                     


                    A Kingdom Strange:  The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke (B&N Ebook Price: $20.05, Kindle Price: $14.30)  Now 14.30 on BN

                     

                    The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz (B&N Ebook Price: $19.31, Kindle Price: $14.30)  Now 14.30 on BN

                     

                    The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff (B&N Ebook Price: $16.11, Kindle Price: $9.99) No Change

                     

                    Witz By Joshua Cohen (B&N Ebook Price: $14.07, Kindle Price: $9.99) No Change

                     

                    The First War of Physics (B&N Ebook Price: $26.00, Kindle Price: $19.25) Now 28 on BN, 2 dollar increase

                     

                    Holy Water by James P. Othmer (B&N Ebook Price: $20.02, Kindle Price: $14.82) Now 14.82 on BN

                     

                    Making Haste from Bablyon by Nick Bunker (B&N Ebook Price: $22.28, Kindle Price: $16.50) Now 16.50 on BN

                     

                    The Last Hero:  A Life of Henry Aaron (B&N Ebook Price: $22..24, Kindle Price: $16.47) Now 16.47 on BN

                     

                    Yehuda Halevi by Hillel Halkin (B&N Ebook Price: $18.57, Kindle Price: $14.85) No Change

                     

                    The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney (B&N Ebook Price: $20.02, Kindle Price: $14.82); Now 14.82 on BN

                     

                    Winston's War by Max Hastings (B&N Ebook Price: $26.00, Kindle Price: $19.25).  Now 28 on BN, 2 dollar increase

                     


                     

                     

                    6 had prices dropped to match Amazon

                    3 had no change

                    2 had prices raised by 2 dollars each

                    • Re: Why Are Some Books Priced Much Higher for Nook than Kindle

                      I have to say that although I love my nook, I do not trust at all B&N's prices.  While it's exciting to see prices lowered on books on my wish list that were being offered over $9.99, it is equally disheartening to notice books which were at $9.99 or below when I placed them in my wish list increase in price, some as high as $13.99.

                       

                      I don't understand why B&N plays with pricing this way, but some of us are noticing.  Some of us have purchased Kindles as well, and we're not noticing the same thing happening over at Amazon.