24 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2011 9:22 AM by keriflur

    NEW E BOOK PRICES

    gailoo

      Two weeks ago I had 16 books on my ewish list. They were all $ 9.99.  Today the same list of books run from $ 15.36 to $ 19.99.  Some ebooks are MORE then a hardcover book.

       

      I do not understand how this can happen! How can it cost as much to download a digital book as to print and ship a hardcover book. Do the publishers want to be reimbursed for the air we breathe while we read an ebook?

       

      Barnes and Noble pulled off the biggest scam in readership history.  How many nooks were sold? Not only are some of the ebooks more expensive, but you also can not use your membership discount.

       

      As far as I am concerned my nook is going in the closet and I am going to an independent book dealer (or Borders with free membership).

       

      I am also going to complain to every agency that will listen to me to let them know how I feel about Barnes and Noble and how they hooked their readers with deceptive and false advertising.

       

      BARNES AND NOBLE --- LET US RETURN OUR NOOKS!

       

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          I don't understand why we need yet another thread on this!

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            gailloo wrote:

             

            As far as I am concerned my nook is going in the closet and I am going to an independent book dealer (or Borders with free membership).

             

            I am also going to complain to every agency that will listen to me to let them know how I feel about Barnes and Noble and how they hooked their readers with deceptive and false advertising.

             

            BARNES AND NOBLE --- LET US RETURN OUR NOOKS!

             


            Whatever floats your boat.  While you're doing that, I think I'll brew another cup of tea and start reading another new book on my nook!

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              Josienjoe

               


              gailoo wrote:

               

              BARNES AND NOBLE --- LET US RETURN OUR NOOKS!

               


               

              If you're not happy, return it.  No one is stopping you.  I, for one, am not part of your "US."

               

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                  I've been comparing several books between BN and Amazon... at least for me, the majority of the books I plan on purchasing cost LESS here at BN.

                   

                  Maybe it is a matter of what books you are looking for... but I agree, that the "US' does not really speak for all of "US."

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                  Far be it from me to criticize an individual for what they post, however ...

                   

                  There are links in the forums to at least a dozen ebook sellers with nook compatible content that is less than B&N prices.  To complain about the selection and prices of books at B&N while ignoring the plethora of other content available is about like walking into the Porsche dealer and loudly complaining about the prices when the Ford dealer is across the street.

                   

                  And count me out as one of "us", too, but please do tell us how the complaints to "every agency that will listen to me" works out.

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                      bklvr896

                      Count me out of the "US" too. I'm happy with my Nook.  And I am amazed at the number of people who simply assume it is B&N doing this all on their own.  Because I"m sure that someone at B&N woke up one morning and thought, "I've got a great idea, let's raise book prices and piss off all our new ebook readers". I'm sure they would love to sell all the ebooks at lower prices and still make a profit.  Since B&N has not come out and provided a reason no one knows why it is happening, it's just conjecture and assumptions.

                       

                      Try googling ebook prices and other such topics and do some reading.

                       

                      "And count me out as one of "us", too, but please do tell us how the complaints to "every agency that will listen to me" works out."

                       

                      Me too, as I'm still curious as to what advertising folks are referring too? I don't recall B&N ever telling me that all ebooks would be $9.99 or less.

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                        emtgirlCV

                        I agree with this...we all need to look around and price our books...at least we don't have a Kindle. We have the ability to go outside of B & N to compare prices and purchase wher we would like to. :smileywink:

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                            emtgirlCV wrote:

                            I agree with this...we all need to look around and price our books...at least we don't have a Kindle. We have the ability to go outside of B & N to compare prices and purchase wher we would like to. :smileywink:


                             

                            Or, you could have a Kindle and still have the ability to do that while also being able to purchase from Amazon.

                             

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                                JohnP51

                                Alley415 wrote:

                                 

                                Or, you could have a Kindle and still have the ability to do that while also being able to purchase from Amazon.

                                 


                                That makes sense. Can't afford the higher priced ebooks but can afford to spend $259 for a Kindle so you can have both ereaders. Am I missing something?

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                            emtgirlCV

                            I still love my Nook, however I intend to purchase all my hardcovers at Borders with their 40% discount on all best sellers. or pre-order  on line for 46% off:smileyhappy:I think the the ipad is raising the bar for pubilshers on how much they can charge for books.....Apple really didn't really  make much of a deal, They just needed the publishers behind the ipad fast, so they can sell it as an big itouch ereader. As they are coming out in the middle of March.I noticed on the ibook store that their QP that sell for $15.00 in store sell for $15.00 in the  regular brick and mortar bookstore.. T wanted to buy " Born to be Wild " by Christine Warren which is coming out on March 2nd. Amazon is selling it in ebook formatt for  $9.99 in store it's only $7.99 WT_ was this ? that was not a typo. If it goes on sale for this much at B & N I guess I'll have to go somewhere else. I got the Nook to be able to save $ on books, not to spend more, kind of defeats the purpose.

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                                emtgirlCV wrote:

                                I got the Nook to be able to save $ on books, not to spend more, kind of defeats the purpose.


                                Um ... did you miss all the posts pointing out how & where to find cheaper books?

                                 

                                Edited: Okee, I see you got the memo .....

                                 

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                                This post made from 100% recycled electrons.

                              • Cost of ebooks

                                Just wondering, I noticed most of the books are 10 or less but then saw a few new releases which are between 15-20 dollars.  This surprised me because I thought one of the selling items of the nook was the reduced cost of the books for the reader since the cost is cut for the publisher in actually printing the books.  Am I missing something here?  

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                                    Asufan97 wrote:

                                    ... Am I missing something here?  


                                     

                                     

                                    The Publishers keep rasing the price of e-books.  B&N is a retailer which buys the books from Pubishers and has to push along the cost.

                                    Some publishers see ebook purchases not as new revenue, but as as lost income.  One hardback sale lost for each ebook sold.

                                     

                                    They are like the music industry was in the early 2000's when online music came onto the scene in big numbers.

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                                        Apparently the publishers don't realize some of us never, ever bought a hardcover book, and always waited til it came out on paperback. So they would never have made a dime off me for the hardcover book. My guess is where the issue might be coming from, is if the publisher does release the hardcover and ebook at the same time, in theory it *MIGHT* reduce some sales of the hardcover.

                                         

                                        If the publishers wanted to hardline it, they could always lock it down so that the ebook gets released at the same time as the softcover book, it would then not interfear with thier *potential* sales they were expecting in the hardcover books.

                                         

                                        Ewwww, Ick, I could actually argue the case for the publisher, that if they release the ebook at the same time as the hardcover (and softcover NOT being released). Then they could be justified in asking a higher price for the convenience of reading it way before it comes out on softcover.

                                         

                                        *Please don't stone me for the last paragraph*

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                                      I don't have much new information, but I did experience a widespread increase in eBook prices throughout my wish list.  I emailed customer service about it, and below is their response.

                                       


                                      Thank you for your inquiry. We are glad that you are enjoying your nook!

                                      eBooks are an emerging category and many pricing models are being tested
                                      from both publishers and retailers. What's important for all of our
                                      customers to know, is that we are committed to providing them with the
                                      widest catalog of digital books and eperiodicals, that they can read and
                                      take with them on more devices than any other ebookstore.   We are not
                                      focused on any one device, rather we're about giving consumers choices
                                      as to where they want to read their digital content.  We are also
                                      committed to offering these ebooks and eperiodicals at a very
                                      competitive price.

                                      Please be advised that with your nook, you may purchase eBooks from any
                                      site, as long as they are in the supported format; ePub or pdb.
                                      We hope you found this information helpful.


                                       

                                      It's pretty much what I expected.  I still love my nook and use it daily, but it would be nice to have a little more information.

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                                        dont be an ass, root it, lock b&N out of it, thank em for the tablet by bying books from an independant. its not like they used to be the "nice megastore" sides theve been rippin us off for years-breathe- i blow off steam just posting what crap they pull, and then i remember, hell i havent paid for a book since the wifi first came out-atleast not to b&n

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                                          ahh the failed kindle experiment of the early 21st cent.

                                          look the single and only feature(beyond the leagal pad sized one-and still more keyboard than reader) is the instant email delivery feature amazon nailed down early,- then they got lazy and nook handed them there walkin papers and took their lunch money-and market share.

                                          and for the confused to the rooted there is a kindle emulator for the nook color-----read kindle/amazon ebooks on a ROOTED w/rom o your choice,now b&n wont tell you this, their heasd are too far up in their assests. nooks only probuble doom is allowing anybody that understands basic computer programing theroy to make them look like fools with their own product. the ebook price inflation being one example of a larger disconnect problem that will take down b&n like thinking they had ebooks nailed down is killing boarders/amazon.

                                          baenfreelibrary/scifi

                                          or---ummmmm---habla google?

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                                            I just did a massive price comparison between Nook and Amazon Kindle books. I feel like an idiot. Out of 42 books,  only TWO were the same.  ALL the others were $2.00 to $4.00 LESS than Nook. No joke. I loved my Nook but felt it was just a bit much to be paying. My budget is not unlimited.  So, before you feel so blessed and wise to own a Nook, check out the price differences. Something is very wrong.

                                             

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                                                Doug_Pardee

                                                MindyJ wrote:

                                                 

                                                Out of 42 books,  only TWO were the same.  ALL the others were $2.00 to $4.00 LESS than Nook.


                                                What books were you looking at? For novels from the 'Big 6' US trade publishers, there shouldn't be any difference (plus or minus a bit of delay in repricing). These are the main fare that the typical e-reader buyer will be considering.

                                                 

                                                I'm sure that there are e-book categories that are, on the whole, less expensive at some place or other. It'd be helpful to indicate which e-book category or categories you're looking at.

                                                 

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                                                  RHWright

                                                  MindyJ wrote:

                                                  I just did a massive price comparison between Nook and Amazon Kindle books. I feel like an idiot. Out of 42 books,  only TWO were the same.  ALL the others were $2.00 to $4.00 LESS than Nook. No joke. I loved my Nook but felt it was just a bit much to be paying. My budget is not unlimited.  So, before you feel so blessed and wise to own a Nook, check out the price differences. Something is very wrong.

                                                   


                                                  From a statistical perspective, I would hardly call 42 titles a "massive price comparison." Also, you don't mention the type/publisher of the books.

                                                   

                                                  I'd say something was wrong, if you checked several hundred titles from agency model publishers and their was a major pattern of price discrepancies.

                                                   

                                                  Otherwise, what you are seeing is Amazon using its deep pockets to try and force a monopoly on the market. Sure it helps consumers in the short run with some lower prices, but once they've driven away the competition their prices normalize, likely to a level higher than what you would have paid if they had competed fairly.

                                                   

                                                  Just my 2 cents.

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                                                      keriflur

                                                      "Something" might be wrong, but not in the way you mean.  So you checked a bunch of books that I presume you want to buy, and they were cheaper at Amazon.  These wouldn't be agency books since Amazon is not allowed to sell those for a discount, and Amazon can set any price they want on non-agency books, just as B&N can.  So there's nothing "wrong" with B&N's prices being different from Amazon's.

                                                       

                                                      It's a great idea to do they check you did before choosing to buy a device, because it can help you choose which device will be best for you.  If you didn't do that before you bought your nook, then you probably should have.  Keep in mind that you can always go out and buy a kindle if you desire one, or use the kindle apps to read on computers, tablets and cell phones.