7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2010 4:04 AM by sub_rosa

    No rhyme or reason to eBook pricing

    RichardM

      I wonder if maybe B&N just wasn't quite ready for the eBook market.  Don't get me wrong - now that eBook pricing is getting (seemingly) under control, I love my Nook.  However, you see things that boggle the mind.  One example is Ken Scholes' Lamentation.  This is the first book in a series.  The book, originally available in hardcover, is available in paperback.  In fact, the second book in the series, Canticle, was published in October.  The eBook price for the newly published Canticle is $14.29.  And yet...the eBook price for Lamentation - remember that this book is widely available as a mass market paperback - is $17.82.  However, on Amazon the eBook price is $6.39.  This tells me that, most likely, there is an error in B&N pricing. 

       

      With any new venture this is to be expected.  However, B&N is not exactly new to the whole eBook thing.  So I hope it is not too long until they get all of the bugs shaken out because the Nook really is amazing!

        • Re: No rhyme or reason to eBook pricing
          FrogAlum

          There are so many threads on this, check these out for all the guesses and assumptions:  http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?q=ebook+price

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            in my opinion, every single book offerered by B&N should automatically have a 33% off.

            For every dollar you spend on a book, $.33 cents go to printing companies.

            If im buying a nook im doin so not only to save space and trees - but to save money as well.

            B&N has a serios problem with their pricing.

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              It really is ridiculous.  I have been looking forward to Sarah Addison Allen's new book coming out next week and was hoping it would be in ebook format because I'd prefer to purchase it for my nook.  Well the hardback is priced at $13.50 pre-order, but the ebook is currently priced at $18.57.  Obviously, I won't be buying it anytime soon. 

              • Re: No rhyme or reason to eBook pricing
                Rav_Bunneh

                Did you think of emailing both the publisher and B&N about the ebook price? They may not always fix the issue, but I've personally had good luck. 

                 

                 

                People like sub_rosa know that we've had great luck when honestly and non-confuntationally contacting the publishers and B&N. They just like to cause discord on these forums and should typically be ignored. I guess they enjoy it more than actually working to solve the situation.

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                    There will always be adjustments and discrepancies with eBook pricing...I have only had a Nook for almost three weeks and I now have 49 books on it.  I have bought them all from BN because I like just having them delivered to my Nook...don't know how to handle sideloading! Anyway I have purchased some at amazing (very reasonable) prices and quite a few at 9.99.  But even in the short time I have been buying eBooks I have "followed" a book I wanted at a higher price and waited for the 9.99 price in four instances now. All four came down.  I am of the "school" I will not pay more than 9.99 for a book and I haven't.  That is what we can do.

                    • Re: No rhyme or reason to eBook pricing
                      sub_rosa
                      Rav_Bunneh wrote:

                      Did you think of emailing both the publisher and B&N about the ebook price? They may not always fix the issue, but I've personally had good luck. 

                       

                       

                      People like sub_rosa know that we've had great luck when honestly and non-confuntationally contacting the publishers and B&N. They just like to cause discord on these forums and should typically be ignored. I guess they enjoy it more than actually working to solve the situation.

                       

                      What do you mean by "They" like to cause discord rather than an actual solution?  To whom are you referring, Rav?  I know you dropped my name but who else?

                       

                      Sorry if this comes across as confuntational.

                       

                    • Re: No rhyme or reason to eBook pricing
                      klauver

                      I just have an issue when B&N sends us quite a few coupons for in store and online discounts for "real" books, but then doesn't allow us to use them on eBooks that sometimes cost more than dead tree books.

                      They don't seem interested in selling us anything except NYT best sellers at a discount.