What's up with the price for "The Stand" ebook?

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What's up with the price for "The Stand" ebook?

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1AilurophileDJ
Nov 6, 2009, 5:03pm

I'm seriously considering getting the nook to keep the number of paperbacks down (I currently have over 500 paper books at home, and I'm frankly getting sick of it), and buy majority of the fiction through eBook.

For my first eBook, I wanted to get, "The Stand" by Stephen King. I do have the eBook reader on my iTouch, so I can read a little prior getting the nook if I am 100% committed.

However...for a paperback, it costs $9. On B&N's website for the eBook, it's $40. What the heck is up with that?! I got the sample and it's exactly the same as the paperback. I even spoke to one of the B&N employee...I got the brush off and he said, "It's a different edition". I don't think it is.

Anyone have any idea why the eBook is $40?

2WholeHouseLibrary
Nov 6, 2009, 5:20pm

Are you sure you weren't looking at the ~audiobook~ version?

3bluetyson
Nov 6, 2009, 9:00pm

Nope.

Suggestion in 2) sounds more likely.

Publishers are definitely stupid when it comes to this a lot of the time in their fear and loathing, but not so they go quite that far.

e.g. for someone who has massmarket paperbacks of everything forever, trying to sell 25-35 dollar ebooks is dumb. Especially give you can get them for nothing easily if you feel like it, especially this author.

You'll certainly be able to buy it for less than that, too.

What you could do is find one that is 1/3rd the price, then ask your original people 'so why is yours 3 times as much for the same edition', if they are going to give you smartarse answers. :)

4bluetyson
Nov 6, 2009, 9:01pm

2

Nope, 1 is definitely right :-

More Formats
Available in eBook $40.00
Hardcover - Unabridged $37.50

That's just idiocy. 'List price' is $50!

5bluetyson
Nov 6, 2009, 9:03pm

Or, there never has been, and never will be a very popular novel worth $50 in today's monopoly money.

That's just absurd.

6VisibleGhost
Nov 6, 2009, 9:10pm

There are some articles and blogs noting B&N's pricing of ebooks compared to Amazon. B&N is charging 30% to 75% more for many non-public domain ebooks than Amazon is. Some irate people are canceling their Nook pre-orders. B&N is going to have to be competitive in ebook pricing to succeed.

7WholeHouseLibrary
Nov 6, 2009, 9:29pm

WOW! That's unbelievable! My apologies for ever doubting you, AilurophileDJ.

8tames
Nov 7, 2009, 10:43am

I have the new Sony touchscreen eReader. I checked the Sony ebookstore and The Stand is $17.50

Sony Ebookstore The Stand

I have noticed several discrepancies with ebooks from store to store and between paper and ebook.

9AilurophileDJ
Modifié : Nov 7, 2009, 10:30pm

I guess I should have put a link to prove it!

The problem I have with Kindle (although I've heard some bad things about Kindle 2), is that I can't touch and feel it, and I just like nook's features better than Kindle 2.

I'm so on the fence! :-)

VisibleGhost - is there a website that can compare eBook pricings? I would think it's better to get the nook because you're not restricted to only B&N's eBooks...but any ebook format will do. Kindle - you're stuck with only Amazon.

EDIT: Found it (duh, Google is my friend) http://www.ebookprice.info/

10reading_fox
Nov 9, 2009, 6:39am

"I would think it's better to get the nook because you're not restricted to only B&N's eBooks...but any ebook format will do"

Well - any except the .mobi from amazon.

Make sure you contact BaN and let them know you're not buying a book from them because of the price. This is the only way that they'll reduce prices - if lots of customers complain.

11crazybatcow
Nov 9, 2009, 8:32am

Well, I guess it's a good thing that I live in Canada - don't have to worry about pesky things like options or comparison shopping... I can buy a Sony reader and ... oh, a Sony reader.

12AilurophileDJ
Nov 9, 2009, 2:26pm

"Well - any except the .mobi from amazon.

Make sure you contact BaN and let them know you're not buying a book from them because of the price. This is the only way that they'll reduce prices - if lots of customers complain."

Yeah..except Kindle version. But you know what sucks even more? Suppose a Kindle 1 decides that the nook is more appealing than Kindle 2 (if they didn't decide to upgrade), all of the books/subscriptions that they had...and some users can actually amount to over 100 books or so...sadly, they can't use the nook. Am I right? That's kind of "too bad" attitude from Amazon to put restriction on the purchases.

I will contact them about "The Stand" - there has got to be a reason why it's so unbelievably high.

13AilurophileDJ
Nov 9, 2009, 9:35pm

I contacted B&N and got a speedy response. They said, "The pricing for our ebooks is actually set by the publisher. We strive
to give our customers the best prices, and we have thousands of ebook
titles priced under $10, however, that title is not one of them.

We hope you find this information helpful, and we encourage you to check
our site regularly for price changes and updates."

I find that a little hard to believe...I can find the same eBook for less than $20. I don't understand why it's still pretty high though. I ended up getting the paperback.

14tames
Nov 12, 2009, 9:05pm

Yeah, this cannot be always true. I have noticed that Kindle versions of ebooks can be much cheaper than other ebook versions. Of course since Amazon is so big (like Wallymart) they probably get special consideration.

15apswartz
Jan 3, 2010, 9:18pm

The Amazon ebook version sells for 8.09, but Amazon takes a loss on most of their ebook sales.

16gigilaprof
Jan 16, 2010, 1:56pm

I found that it's available for download from my library in mobi, .pdf, and epub versions.

17goblinbox
Modifié : Mai 2, 2010, 7:34pm

Amazon deliberately takes a loss on the ebooks they sell.

They buy ebooks from publishers for, say, $13 each, and then they sell them at their artificial $9.99 price point. They do this for two reasons: to earn market share and to sell Kindles.

Other ebook sellers won't or can't do this, which is why you see ebooks at the $40 price point: that's what they really cost, according to the publishing industry.

The paper/printing/transport portion of a treeware book makes up only a small percentage of the overall price of the book. People perceive ebooks to be "worth" much less than a paper copy, but the publishers' expenses in producing one are very close to what it costs to produce a treeware version: advances, editing, publicity, marketing, overhead, etc.

"Why, Mossberg asked, should consumers “pay Apple $14.99 when they can buy the same book from Amazon for $9.99?”

“That won’t be the case,” Jobs said, seeming implacably confident. “The price will be the same.” Mossberg asked him to explain. Why would Amazon increase prices, when consumers were buying so many books? “Publishers may withhold their books from Amazon,” Jobs said. “They’re unhappy.”

- http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/04/26/100426fa_fact_auletta#ixzz0mom48b5...


Let me emphasize that: Publishers may withhold their books from Amazon. They’re unhappy. It's already happened, in fact: Amazon lost all their Macmillan titles for a bit due to pricing issues.

It's all just gonna get weirder!