I got my first Nook in 2010 when they only had the First Edition with 3G. I chose it over the Kindle primarily because of the ability to borrow books from my local library and because I could sideload epubs from other sources. I got a Nook HD for Christmas in 2012. I have over 500 books in my Nook library. For my birthday, I wanted a new e-ink reader and asked for a Kindle Paperwhite. I will continue to use my Nook HD as a tablet and to read the Nook books I haven't read yet, but my future dollars will probably go to Amazon because I'm becoming more and more convinced that B&N doesn't want to be in the e-book market anymore. I feel really sad about this because the Nook had so much potential that has just gone to waste. I used to talk to people all the time about how great the Nook was. I don't even know how often I told people who were looking at them in the B&N stores how wonderful they were and why they should get a Nook instead of a Kindle.
Today was the day that I really realized that B&N doesn't give a damn about selling ebooks. If you go to Amazon's website, you will find that today's Kindle Daily Deal includes 60 science fiction and fantasy first-in-series books for $1.99 each. I checked several of them out and they are $1.99 here at B&N also. B&N isn't promoting them at all. I don't know if this is a one day deal or an ongoing publisher promotion, but I could only find them by going to the individual books on this website. Also, a book I've had on my wishlist forever, not that I can even load my wishlist on my Nook, is now $2.99. It's a Kindle Daily Deal that isn't promoted here either. When I went to post it in the Best Nookbook Bargains thread, I found that Stephen King's "The Shining" is on sale for $1.99. It's also not being promoted.
Now, the only reason I can think of for B&N not promoting these great deals is that they don't want to sell ebooks. I buy a lot of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I would have been a perfect marketing target for a directed e-mail or to have a link on my "Your Nook Today" page. (Don't laugh, they really could be doing great things with that.) At the very least, they could have promoted these deals on the Nook Books webpage. The first in series sale could have generated a lot of income for them. They might not make much on $1.99 ebooks, but if people read the first book and get hooked, they will likely pay full price for subsequent installments. It would have been a win-win.
So, how much longer can B&N stay in the ebook business?