15 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2014 9:32 AM by Likes2Read4Fun

    Why Nook ebooks are more expensive than Amazon Kindle?

      I would like to know why some (Actually a lot) Nook eBook are more expensive than Kindle, here are some examples.

       

      Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die

      Nook price - $ 9.99

      Kindle price - $ 1.99

       

      Paulo Coelho's Warrior of the Light

      Nook price - $ 9.99

      Kindle price - $ 2.99

       

      Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

      Nook price - $ 14.53

      Kindle price - $ 7.17  

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          The first two are Agency Model books, sold by Harper Collins. As an Agency Model book, Amazon and B&N have no control over the prices... but the prices should be the same. I assume B&N is just slow in updating the prices and would expect to see the price drop in the near future... though that's just a guess. In any event, a call to customer service might correct the problem?

           

          The other book isn't an Agency Model book. In that case I'd assume that Amazon is running it as a loss leader, though that's also just a guess. A price comparison site shows the B&N price to be in the same range, so I assume B&N raised the price just recently. In any event, there's alternative places you can buy this book for your NOOK that have comparable prices to Amazon's.

           

          These pricing questions get raised all the time, and they are pointless. Sometimes Amazon is cheaper, and sometimes B&N is cheaper. More importantly, sometimes someone else is cheaper, and with the NOOK you have the option to buy the alternatives, so the reality is that it's rare that Amazon truly has a better price than what you can find for an ePub that will work on your NOOK. In fact, I can match, or nearly so, every price for every book on your list here.

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            Funny thing, those first 2 books were at the cheeper price last week...(I remember being tempted)...so may be just when you look at it...not sure of the last one...again, I think it depends on when you look...

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              Alex Garcia
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                I just saved nearly SIXTY DOLLARS by buying a hard copy of a book from Amazon because Barnes and Noble is selling the SAME BOOK for the Nook for $85! Guess Barnes and Noble is working overtime to go out of business - I bought the book from Amazon after spending more than a half an hour with Barnes and Noble's useless chat where the most "productive" thing they could come up with is that pricing for eBooks is different than hard copies.

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                  afalcao wrote:

                  I would like to know why some (Actually a lot) Nook eBook are more expensive than Kindle, here are some examples.

                   

                  Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die

                  Nook price - $ 9.99

                  Kindle price - $ 1.99

                   

                  Paulo Coelho's Warrior of the Light

                  Nook price - $ 9.99

                  Kindle price - $ 2.99

                   

                  Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

                  Nook price - $ 14.53

                  Kindle price - $ 7.17  


                  The answer is no one really knows why. It's amazing that some people will defend price gouging and over charging. For example I was looking at "My week with Marylin" because I just rented the movie and wanted to read about it. Amazon had it for 8.80, Apple had it for 9.99 and Barnes and Noble has it for 10.99. Since I own an iPad (I can hear the puckering now) I can purchase from whom ever I choose. Guess who is NOT getting the sale? Unfortunately this is the case most of the time. It does pay to do your home work.
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                      bklvr896

                      PeterDe wrote:

                      afalcao wrote:

                      I would like to know why some (Actually a lot) Nook eBook are more expensive than Kindle, here are some examples.

                       

                      Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die

                      Nook price - $ 9.99

                      Kindle price - $ 1.99

                       

                      Paulo Coelho's Warrior of the Light

                      Nook price - $ 9.99

                      Kindle price - $ 2.99

                       

                      Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

                      Nook price - $ 14.53

                      Kindle price - $ 7.17  


                      The answer is no one really knows why. It's amazing that some people will defend price gouging and over charging. For example I was looking at "My week with Marylin" because I just rented the movie and wanted to read about it. Amazon had it for 8.80, Apple had it for 9.99 and Barnes and Noble has it for 10.99. Since I own an iPad (I can hear the puckering now) I can purchase from whom ever I choose. Guess who is NOT getting the sale? Unfortunately this is the case most of the time. It does pay to do your home work.

                      It could be Amazon had those on special or B&N wasn't willing to take the loss Amazon was ok with.  Warrior of light is $9.99 as of today, so it was probably a one day special.  If you look at both sites for The Big Short, it says Digital List price $27.95.  So Amazon is willing to take a loss on the book.  B&N will never be able to keep up with Amazon as long as Amazon is willing continually to sell books at a loss.  They don't have the deep pockets absorb a continual loss.

                        

                      Regardless, it may be over charging as far as you're concerned, but it's not price gouging because you can't price gouge on a luxury item, such as an eBook.  Price gouging is when the store charges $20 for a bottle of water after a natural disaster.

                       

                       

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                      Doug_Pardee

                      The Coelho titles are currently 99 cents.

                       

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                        My life isn't tracking down ebooks. Maybe I could match the price by searching then converting file formats and , and, and! The Nook was supposed to make it quick, easy and affordable. The result is poor selection and higher prices. Say what you want even I know $14 is more than $7. You should feel lucky that B&N even had the titles you wanted.
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                            patgolfneb
                            MDM7, I am not sure why you ressurected this thread? I missed the constitutional right to lowest price evey time clause. This issue has spawned multiple threads in the past. Those who have made carefull comparisons have found instances where different sellers, not just BN or Amazon have the lowest price or availabilty. BN occasionally is much more. I feel expectations are unreasonable on this issue. Is there any other product or retail channel where a seller has the best price every time? If you live in a place with multiple grocery chains are their prices identical? I expect generally competitive pricing, I feel BN meets this test. Just like grocery stores there are booksellers with coupons or price match policies if that is your priority. Of course just like ads, googleing, or comparison trips you are paying with your time, your choice though.
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                            I have been a huge NOOK fan for years. I have a Nook color,a Nook simple touch and two Nook HD (the small and large version)  I used the7 inch Nook all the time.  I have a Nook app on my iPhone iPad and MacBook.  I am on my third Nook Hd in 7 months.  There are serious battery issues.  My son is on his second Nook hd.  I know that that is not the topic, but I wanted to put this out there. Regarding the disparity in price, there most certainly exists the reality that for many books (most books) Kindle books.are.cheaper. Recently, I looked at a book on Nook and it was 24$ and on Kindle it was 16$. I know this because in the last year I added kindle app to Nook, iPad,and MacBook.  I read all the time. I buy more books than I should, and I can tell you that I check prices. Here is what I know to be true: New releases are frequently the same in price; however, it is not uncommon for Kindle to be a dollar cheaper on new releases.  Cheap books are often the same.  I have found that the bulk of books are 3-5$ cheaper on Kindle.  Now there is also the opportunity for all the monthly and daily Kindle deals. I am an Amazon Prime member and I realized that I have 10 books in my Kindle library which are available to borrow. Last week when I went to get my 3rd Nook in 7 months I was not even given a new Nook.  I had to take a refurbished Nook. My son had the same experience. Kindle is cheaper!!!

                             

                             

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                                keriflur

                                spatfish wrote:

                                I have been a huge NOOK fan for years. I have a Nook color,a Nook simple touch and two Nook HD (the small and large version)  I used the7 inch Nook all the time.  I have a Nook app on my iPhone iPad and MacBook.  I am on my third Nook Hd in 7 months.  There are serious battery issues.  My son is on his second Nook hd.  I know that that is not the topic, but I wanted to put this out there. Regarding the disparity in price, there most certainly exists the reality that for many books (most books) Kindle books.are.cheaper. Recently, I looked at a book on Nook and it was 24$ and on Kindle it was 16$. I know this because in the last year I added kindle app to Nook, iPad,and MacBook.  I read all the time. I buy more books than I should, and I can tell you that I check prices. Here is what I know to be true: New releases are frequently the same in price; however, it is not uncommon for Kindle to be a dollar cheaper on new releases.  Cheap books are often the same.  I have found that the bulk of books are 3-5$ cheaper on Kindle.  Now there is also the opportunity for all the monthly and daily Kindle deals. I am an Amazon Prime member and I realized that I have 10 books in my Kindle library which are available to borrow. Last week when I went to get my 3rd Nook in 7 months I was not even given a new Nook.  I had to take a refurbished Nook. My son had the same experience. Kindle is cheaper!!!

                                 

                                 


                                I also price shop and I can count on one hand the number of times Amazon has been cheaper than all the other vendors. No, B&N is not always the cheapest, but neither is Amazon. Frankly, lately, Google Books has been noticeably cheaper than Amazon, except for the handful of books for which Kobo undercuts all three of the other major retailers. 

                                 

                                If you check B&N and then Amazon and call that price checking, you're doing it wrong, and you're paying more than you need to for books. 

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                                  RHWright

                                  With B&N's recent decision to curtail the ways I can download my content and put it on my device(s), I will have to start price shopping more.

                                   

                                  It may be more of a PITA to have to hop from the Kindle app to the Google Books app to another reading app (or do the extra futureproofing to get them all on one), but B&N is making enough other bad decisions that I might as well follow the best price for the content than have any brand loyalty to them.

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                                      keriflur

                                      RHWright wrote:

                                      With B&N's recent decision to curtail the ways I can download my content and put it on my device(s), I will have to start price shopping more.

                                       

                                      It may be more of a PITA to have to hop from the Kindle app to the Google Books app to another reading app (or do the extra futureproofing to get them all on one), but B&N is making enough other bad decisions that I might as well follow the best price for the content than have any brand loyalty to them.


                                      I've had trouble remembering what I bought where, so I've started tagging the books when I add/update them in Goodreads - nook, google-play, kindle, kobo. That way if I'm looking to read book X on my phone and can't remember which app it's in, I can look it up on Goodreads.

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                                          Likes2Read4Fun

                                          keriflur wrote:

                                          RHWright wrote:

                                          With B&N's recent decision to curtail the ways I can download my content and put it on my device(s), I will have to start price shopping more.

                                           

                                          It may be more of a PITA to have to hop from the Kindle app to the Google Books app to another reading app (or do the extra futureproofing to get them all on one), but B&N is making enough other bad decisions that I might as well follow the best price for the content than have any brand loyalty to them.


                                          I've had trouble remembering what I bought where, so I've started tagging the books when I add/update them in Goodreads - nook, google-play, kindle, kobo. That way if I'm looking to read book X on my phone and can't remember which app it's in, I can look it up on Goodreads.


                                          That's an excellent idea!  If you use Calibre, you can do the same thing.  I've started adding tags to each book in my library so that I remember where I bought it.