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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
I'll toss in another book I'd be very interested in if B&N could match the Kindle price -- Michael Burlingame's 2 volume biography of Abraham Lincoln
Nook price - $100.00
B&N Hardcover price - $84.37
Kindle price - $75.93
That's 25% (and 25 bucks) cheaper. I'd seriously prefer to have it in ebook format -- it's about 2,000 pages, which must weigh a ton, and from the reviews I've read, the hardcover books are not particularly well bound -- a perfect choice for an ebook. Judging from the free sample I downloaded, it's even well formatted -- I'd seriously consider purchasing it, but not at $25 more than the competition.
It has been my experience that when brought to B&N's attention on nonPublisher priced books they will overall eventually fix the price to be competitive with Amazon and even Sony.
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.
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
It's called "revenue management" - like in the Airline/hotel industry.