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      • 90. Re: Upside Down Prices- E book list

        DenisePW, I'm with you...reading is entertainment only for me also...tho I do love to read, I will not pay the inflated prices they are now asking...I can wait till it's my turn at the library to receive the ebook on loan, and if the prices go back down, then I will buy it if I want.  Still love my Nook and not sorry I bought it...enough free book and books from other places that we can read until B&N bring their ebook prices back down to within my price range.

        • 91. Re: ebook price increase--they've lost their minds

          I'll be buying my books from Kobo from now on.  Unless the book is at a fair and reasonable price, I won't be buying any ebooks from B&N.  I'll also refuse to buy any books from B&N stores or even order any on B&N.com.  If I need a hardcover or paperback, I'll use amazon. Also I'll try my best to steer people away from Nook.  I really loved the thing and I was ragging on my kindle using friends, now they're laughing at me for good reason.

          • 92. Re: ebook price increase--they've lost their minds

            I ordered a nook just a few days after it was released. I'm an alpha geek, and know what sometimes happens to early adopters, so I decided to cancel the order. 

             

            I watched this board pretty closely after people started receiving their nooks. After reading about the issues that the early adopters were experiencing, I was convinced I made the right decision.

             

            I had pretty well convinced myself to order the nook when version 1.1 of the software came out. But after reading about the problems with this release, I again decided to hold off. 

             

            Fast forward to late last week: I went in to my local B&N store and there was a big sign at the nook counter that said "In Stock!" I thought that it was about time to roll the dice: Version 1.2 of the software was out and most people said that things were pretty good with their nooks. I figured I'd buy the nook this Friday, spend the weekend getting used to it, buy a couple of ebooks for it, and then next week, take it on a business trip.

             

            And tonight, I see that B&N raised the prices on ebooks by a significant amount. 

             

            I had always considered that an ebook reader would be economically feasible in the long run, because eventually, ebook prices would generally be lower than hardcovers and paperback. But B&N, whether because of internal processes or pressure from publishers, pushed their prices in the wrong direction.

             

            I think I'll stay out of the ebook reader market until I can see that it'll be economically feasible, at least through the major retailers.

             

            Spring Design is supposed to be releasing their new ebook reader (called "Alex") sometime in the next few weeks. (They're the company that filed suit against B&N over the nook.) The press release said that they've signed an agreement with Borders for ebook distribution for the Alex. 

             

            It will be interesting to see what Borders does with their ebook prices once the Alex is available.

             

            • 93. Re: ebook price increase--they've lost their minds
              bklvr896

              Ebook prices seem to be all over the place right now.  I had a book in my wishlist, Crawlspace by Sarah Graves.  It is now $18.57, which is more than the hardback.  I checked the other sites, and it ranges in price from $12.99 to $25.00.  The only site that has not increased the price from $9.99 is Amazon.

               

              I never wanted a Kindle, I didn't want to get tied to buying books only at Amazon and I'm really happy with my Nook, but B&N needs to explain what is going on.  Why the sudden increases?  Is it the publisher?  As much as I love reading on the Nook, I will buy paperbacks if they are cheaper, especially if I can get them at the used book store.  I'm on the waiting list at the library right now for a couple of books that I want to read, but am in no big hurry.

               

              I've searched around and found there are several libraries in SoCal that you can get a library card even if you aren't a resident of the county or city.  I figure the more library cards I have, the more books I will be able to access.

              • 94. Re: ebook price increase--they've lost their minds

                 


                bklvr896 wrote:

                Ebook prices seem to be all over the place right now.  I had a book in my wishlist, Crawlspace by Sarah Graves.  It is now $18.57, which is more than the hardback.  I checked the other sites, and it ranges in price from $12.99 to $25.00.  The only site that has not increased the price from $9.99 is Amazon.

                 

                I never wanted a Kindle, I didn't want to get tied to buying books only at Amazon and I'm really happy with my Nook, but B&N needs to explain what is going on.  Why the sudden increases?  Is it the publisher?  As much as I love reading on the Nook, I will buy paperbacks if they are cheaper, especially if I can get them at the used book store.  I'm on the waiting list at the library right now for a couple of books that I want to read, but am in no big hurry.

                 

                I've searched around and found there are several libraries in SoCal that you can get a library card even if you aren't a resident of the county or city.  I figure the more library cards I have, the more books I will be able to access.


                 

                I've gotten several books through the LA County library, easy as pie!  I'm in OC...

                 

                • 95. Re: ebook price increase--they've lost their minds

                  I totally agree...the increase is insane and one book that I want is even more expensive than buying a hard copy from a bookstore at an airport.  Apparently even though Amazon has conceded to the publisher's demand, most of their books are still selling for $9.99.  When I checked the site the book that I want was selling at BN for close to $21, and it's selling at Amazon one cent cheaper than 10 bucks.  Go figure...I am defecting to Kindle.

                  • 96. Re: Ridiculous Pricing on older ebooks

                    Tokyo Vice (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Tokyo-Vice/Jake-Adelstein/e/9780307378941/?itm=1&USRI=tokyo+vice) has been in my wishlist for weeks at 9.99 and is now, seemingly at random, almost 20 dollars and is now more money than the actual hardcover.

                     

                    How frustrating is that? Well, I'll tell you. I've spent somewhere around 160 dollars on ebooks since I bought my nook. It feels good to build a collection. After seeing how terribly they've decided to price Tokyo Vice I found it free and downloaded it, marking my first and hopefully only pirated ebook. I don't MIND paying 9.99 or even 11.00 for an ebook; it's a perfect price point. I'm NOT going to spend 14.00 dollars on a book that I cannot give out to friends or show on my book shelf.

                     

                    If you see a book you think is priced unfairly review it with 1 star and let the world know. This is still capitalism. I know the days of bartering are long gone but just because the faces of the shop owners are hidden and ambiguous doesn't mean they wont respond to a decrease in profit.

                     

                    If you don't like the price, find it somewhere cheaper, find it somewhere free if you don't mind. Go to Half Price books and buy it used for 4 dollars. Show these idiots that they can't always make a quick buck and SOMETIMES, I know this is hard to understand these days, you have to build a customer base with good service and competitive pricing before you start making a lot of money. It's a weird business model in this day and age, when everyone would rather try to fool you into parting with as much money as possible by pretending their product is worth much more than it actually is, but if you stop buying the ebooks that have been priced as absurdly as Tokyo Vice then they will understand.

                    • 97. Re: Ebook Prices

                       


                      Bookmark_71 wrote:

                      I noticed the same thing.  Books I added to my wish list yesterday for $9.99 are now $16. The prices are going way up as we speak.  I will return my Nook if they keep raising prices for OLD books that have long been in paperback (over a decade) to $9.00 MORE than the paperback price.  Why is Stephen King's "The Shining" almost $23 and "Salem's Lot" $28?


                       

                      I know, kind of silly, but I went in and downrated these books with a brief reasoning.

                       

                      • 98. Re: Ebook Prices

                        I'm glad I bought the 3 fate of the jedi books at 9.99 on tuesday. They now are $5 higher.

                         

                        • 99. Re: Ebook Prices

                          I am not personally inclined to pay more than $9.99 for an ebook because I do not actually own it and it cannot remain in my possession if the technology fails me.

                           

                          ebook pricing should not be outside reality; it should not cost more to buy an ebook than it would cost to buy the same book at a retail price, for hardcover or paperback.

                           

                          For example  and Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book was $6.95 but rose on Wednesday to $16.21. Such a high percentage jump in price is, imho, unreasonable. It is not in a form I can put my hands on or pass on to someone else and it depends on a device with a battery life that is still poor.

                           

                          I think the powers that be are making a mistake on the pricing disparities. Is there a desire to kill the ebook / ereader market in its early days yet?

                          • 100. Re: Ebook Prices

                            Unless you can access a $9.99 price point or better, what is the point in spending the $260 plus on an e-reader?!  I have been buying and reading more books since getting my nook last month, but that is going to slow down or stop today.  The book sellers and publishers should have figured that supply and demand logic out by now.

                             

                            What a disappointment.

                            • 101. Re: Ebook Prices

                              I certainly was blindsided by the increase in prices for books on my wishlist.  It's not even the fact that they are all particularly high (though some definitely went through the roof!), but just the fact that prices were raised at all.  Generally one expects prices to fall over time, not rise.  It definitely feels like a bait and switch tactic on the part of B&N.  It would be nice to get a little more communication from them regarding this.

                               

                              Interestingly B&N's ebook homepage still says "New York Times Bestsellers Instantly for $9.99 or less."  They do still have good, competitive prices on a number of books.  My biggest frustration, as others have also expressed, is the cost increase for older books.  One example is Twilight, which had been listed at $4.25.  After this price increase, it went to $5.49.  It is still a decent price, and less than the paperback.  But that doesn't change the fact that it increased from what it was just the day before!  I went to kobobooks which still had it for the $4.25 price, and also used the GET250 coupon, so I ended up paying just $1.75.

                               

                              Then there are also the newer books that are now more than the hardcovers.  What on earth is up with that?!  I was going to purchase Ranger's Apprentice #7 for $9.99, but it is now $11.24.  Not a huge increase, but the hardcover is only $10.52.  Ridiculous.  I love the ease and convenience of my nook, not to mention the ability to sideload books, but for heaven's sake, I paid over $270 for the thing, and now they're raising the prices of books to put on it?!

                              • 102. Wow, my eBook wish list just became a lot more expensive!

                                Woke up to discover that all the books on my nook ebook wish list have gone up in price, some of them considerably! "On God" by Norman Mailer went from $9.99 to over $20 ! Most others are now $12 to $17, up from $9-10.

                                 

                                In all fairness, I also see decreases on titles on the "browsing" list.  Interesting that all my wish list titles just became more valuable.

                                 

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                                • 103. Re: Wow, my eBook wish list just became a lot more expensive!

                                  This is a topic of much discussion. Most of which has been moved to the "book prices" thread. More fallout from the Apple "iBook" - MacMillan - Amazon.com eBook price poopstorm, I assume.

                                  • 104. Re: Wow, my eBook wish list just became a lot more expensive!

                                    I have both the nook and the kindle and I love reading  on my nook more but, I will not pay ten dollars more for a book from B&N.  I just looked up Second Opinion by Michael Palmer.  Amazon has it at 6.67 while B&N has it for 16.21.  I also really wanted to get Salems Lot but I will not pay 28 dollars for it,  B&N did reduce it to 26 dollars but Amazon has it for 7.19 B&N lost 2 sales.  The Birth House at Amazon is 9.56 and at B&N is 10.00 I don't mind that price difference as much because I do like reading on my nook more and maybe B&N might get my money but for now I am waiting. 

                                     

                                     

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