5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2013 7:34 AM by Jafa

    Cheaper Ebooks if You Already Own the Book

    Jafa

      I see that Amazon is about to start a program where if you already bought the physical book, you can buy the ebook much cheaper.   It makes sense to me, why not?   If you already bought the book, it would cost next to nothing for Barnes and Noble to give you a digital copy.   After all, you already paid the royalty for the book.

       

      The fact that you have to pay double the price to get an ebook and physical book kept me from buying a tablet until last year.   Barnes and Noble, you could have made more money off me if the pricing made sense.  I would be willing to pay a couple extra dollars for digital rights - just not double the price.

       

      What does everyone else think?   I hate having to choose either/or.   I want both paper and digital, and I will be glad to pay a little extra for it. 

       

      We should have the right to buy the ebook at a Barnes and Noble store along with the physical book.  Also, they should give us a discount off any books bought previously off our discount cards or online.

        • Re: Cheaper Ebooks if You Already Own the Book
          moogs
          Seems like a waste of money to buy an exact copy of something you already have...but hey, who am I to tell you how to spend your money.
          Me...I'd rather buy the next new book.
          • Re: Cheaper Ebooks if You Already Own the Book
            bklvr896

            Jafa wrote:

            I see that Amazon is about to start a program where if you already bought the physical book, you can buy the ebook much cheaper.   It makes sense to me, why not?   If you already bought the book, it would cost next to nothing for Barnes and Noble to give you a digital copy.   After all, you already paid the royalty for the book.

             

            The fact that you have to pay double the price to get an ebook and physical book kept me from buying a tablet until last year.   Barnes and Noble, you could have made more money off me if the pricing made sense.  I would be willing to pay a couple extra dollars for digital rights - just not double the price.

             

            What does everyone else think?   I hate having to choose either/or.   I want both paper and digital, and I will be glad to pay a little extra for it. 

             

            We should have the right to buy the ebook at a Barnes and Noble store along with the physical book.  Also, they should give us a discount off any books bought previously off our discount cards or online.


            BN has to pay the publisher the full wholesale price when they sell you the ebook regardless of whether or not you already own the the printed version.  So if the publisher doesn't go along with ths idea, should BN not make any money on the sale?  folks seem to forget that each ebook sold costs the retailer money.  And they dont get the ebook at a discount.

             

             Amazon's program isn't for every printed book you ever purchased, only the ones in the program.

              • Re: Cheaper Ebooks if You Already Own the Book
                Jafa

                bklvr896 said:

                 

                "BN has to pay the publisher the full wholesale price when they sell you the ebook regardless of whether or not you already own the the printed version.  So if the publisher doesn't go along with ths idea, should BN not make any money on the sale?  folks seem to forget that each ebook sold costs the retailer money.  And they dont get the ebook at a discount.

                 

                Amazon's program isn't for every printed book you ever purchased, only the ones in the program."

                 

                I never suggested that BN lose money on the sale.  I do suggest that a new paradigm is needed in the industry.   BN is in a position of influence to potentially do this.

              • Re: Cheaper Ebooks if You Already Own the Book
                TnTexas

                Do you also believe that once you've bought one physical copy of the book, you should be able to get another copy for a cheaper price since you've already paid the royalty for the book?

                • Re: Cheaper Ebooks if You Already Own the Book
                  gb18

                  A lot of movies now come with multiple copies:  dvd/Blu-ray/and electronic file. Doesn't seem to be a big deal to that industry.