15 Replies Latest reply on Apr 2, 2011 5:17 PM by DrDetroit

    The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

      Went out and did some shopping today at Half Price Books:

       

      • Red Mutiny: eBook $9.99 paperback $5.98
      • Blood and Thunder: eBook $12.99  paperback $5.98
      • The End of an Empire: eBook $9.99 hardback $7.98
      • Gulag: eBook $14.99 paperback $5.98
      • The Bounty: eBook $13.99 hardback $7.98

      Total eBook price: $61.95

      Total DTB price: $33.90

      Total savings:  $28.05 -----That's two tanks of gas for my motorcycle.

       

      Okay just so I don't seem biased.  Weight of nook: 12.1 oz.  Weight of books: approx. 6 pounds.

       

        • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.
          geatdanemomDT

          45 eBooks read from the library since the beginning of December, total cost 0.00.

           

          200 eBooks from B&N in the same time period, $45.00 spent.

           

          I still think I am way ahead of the game.

           

           

            • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

              congratulations on snagging some good deals.  In my case, I enjoy the freedom of only having to "tote" the nook and have access to my books easily.  I watch for "freebies" and sales and have picked up some that I otherwise wouldn't have spent the $$$ on if purchasing a DTB and ventured out of my compfort zone.

              I comb the free books daily and always have plenty on hand in my "next to read" shelf. 

                • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

                  I keep a log.  Since last July I have read 129 public library books.  Cost $15.    I have downloaded 363 mostly free B&N books.  Total cost $77.  I admit that I have been so busy reading library books that I haven't had time to read the freebies.  It looks like many great authors are in the B&N section.

                   

                  If you don't want to investigate the public libraries, that is your choice.  I have saved lots with my Nook.  . 

                    • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

                      The NOOK is certainly not for everyone.  In fact, it's one of those things I'd hesitate to give as a gift unless the receiver is aware of the cost of books (sort of like giving a puppy as a gift).

                       

                      To some people, the money you save is inconsequential due to things like time, space, convenience.  I try to get what I can from the public libraries, and hunt for bargains.  I do read an occasional DTB, but I love the handling of the NOOK.

                       

                      To each his own.

                    • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.
                      jlg881

                      I am with IslandAway.  My husband and I travel a lot more now and he got me my Nook as he got tired of the weight of my books for each trip.  I also watch for the "freebies" and sales so I have a lot of books available to me when we go and I carry them in one hand instead of having a piece of luggage just for my reading material.  So we got it more for the convience.  Hey you also don't have to hold on to your book with both hands when it is windy on the cruise ship!

                  • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.
                    AlanNJ

                     


                    Gabriel32 wrote:

                    Went out and did some shopping today at Half Price Books:

                     

                    • Red Mutiny: eBook $9.99 paperback $5.98
                    • Blood and Thunder: eBook $12.99  paperback $5.98
                    • The End of an Empire: eBook $9.99 hardback $7.98
                    • Gulag: eBook $14.99 paperback $5.98
                    • The Bounty: eBook $13.99 hardback $7.98

                    Total eBook price: $61.95

                    Total DTB price: $33.90

                    Total savings:  $28.05 -----That's two tanks of gas for my motorcycle.

                     

                    Okay just so I don't seem biased.  Weight of nook: 12.1 oz.  Weight of books: approx. 6 pounds.

                     


                    If you purchased your Nook primarily to save money then you are going to be disappointed.  If you bought your Nook for convenience and still aren't happy that's another story altogether.    I will gladly send you the $56.10 to double your difference in price if you send me your Nook though... :smileywink:  I can give it a better home than your bookshelf.

                     

                    • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

                      I love my nook, but the biggest problem that I have is that I love to read series. I have tons of hard copies on my book shelves with up to thirteen books in some series with books still coming out. I like to reread my series a lot, especially when a new book is coming out, but it is hard to carry so many books around and my nook and making that transition. I wish there was a way that you could exchange you hard copies for nook copies. I would enjoy having all of my series in the same format, but I cant afford to buy 50 plus ebooks just to have my series in one place. This actually discourages me from ebooks steers me towards getting the hard copies. I wish I had considered this before I bought my nook, most of the nookbooks I read are cheaper and I would prefer to have the ebook, but I do want to have a complete series in one location so I usually end up buying the hardcopy from another source other than B&N where I can get the book cheaper.

                      • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

                        I've saved a ton of money w/ my Nook.  My rule of thumb:  keep the search to 9.99 or less.

                         

                        If its still only in hardback, I will purchase @ my maximum.  If its released in paperback, I usually won't consider it for more than 5.99 unless its a book I really want, then I'll raise it to 7.  I always check the library first.

                         

                        If the book is a "republished" eBook of a book from years and years ago, I don't buy them unless they reach the 5.99 level.  Sorry, I'm not purchasing a 9.99 novel from 20 years ago just because it is the first eBook edition.  I can probably go to a used bookstore and find it for 2 bucks.

                        • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.

                          Outside the classics you get what you pay for and quality literature costs money.  And in this day and age why spend more money than necessary?  No brainer for me. 

                          • Re: The reason my nook is collecting dust on my bookshelf.
                            DrDetroit

                            I am less enthusiastic about my nook, or any ereader for that matter, because of the recent 30-50% price hike on many of the ebooks I'm interested in. As a result, I'm drastically cutting back on the amount I'm spending on ebooks.

                             

                            My solution:

                             

                            free ebooks and DTB from the library and reading ebooks for an hour instore.

                             

                            Check out overdrive.com to find great library books to check out for free near you!