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Subject: Another Fictionwise question
Date Posted: 11/18/2011 9:48 PM ET
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Apparently you can't join their club anymore, so the one teaser price is only good for the current members. OK, got that. So, let's say a book is $4.50 at Fictionwise and $3.60 at B&N. The only advantage to buying it at Fictionwise is to hit one of these coupons. A 40% off coupon would make it $2.70, which is better than the 3.60 at B&N. But then you have to judge whether you have a prayer of getting a paper copy here in trade for 2.41 postage vs. the 2.70.

Does that pretty much sum it up? Be ruthless and wait for the coupon and decide if you want to spend an extra 30 cents for an e copy or hang tight for a paper copy?

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 9:25 AM ET
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Take into account your personal preferences also--would you rather read it on your ereader, or take a chance on a paperback arriving with a stain, an odor, or some other issue. Not to mention taking up space on your book shelf and collecting dust. To me its worth it to wait for the coupon.

I only get books FIFO here rarely---if its not avaiable in ebook form, if I can't rent it from booksfree.com, then I might order one here. I do all of my trading through the games.

Last Edited on: 11/19/11 9:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/19/2011 10:30 AM ET
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Also, the coupons around holidays can be pretty high. A couple of times this year it's been 60% off.

Except for Samhain titles, which can't be discounted. So it also depends on the publisher.

And I've found that even Members don't get the member price anymore. I've been a member for years, and when adding to my cart I get the regular price, not a member price. So joining wouldn't save you any money anyway.

When B&N bought them out, they've just let it exist because they had a lot of indie books that the main B&N estore didn't have. But over time B&N has been removing benefits and rewards. When they can merge all the indie books into their web site, I figure FW will just disapear one day. Just make sure to download anything you've purchased to backup on your own.

I haven't had WL hit from PBS in ages, but then what I'm looking for is pretty specific and out of print. Odds are many wouldn't turn up anyway. But with the games doing so much trading, and the new Key-member group to focus WL books to another private circle, I don't ever figure I'm going to get anything anyway. So for me it just depends if the book is available anywhere else. I don't wait for thing here anymore.

Last Edited on: 11/19/11 10:30 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/19/2011 11:29 AM ET
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I never buy from Fictionwise unless there's a coupon.  Why pay full price when, if you wait a week or two, a good coupon code will come up?

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 8:00 PM ET
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I also get a WL book, maybe once every 3-4 months. They are all either old, rare, a specialized genre, or not available at my library.

I bought my FIRST eBook just a month ago. It was one that I knew would probably never see the light of PBS. I am now interested in newly published books. I think I will be using some Fictionwise & Kobo coupons to get them. The PBS WL lines are long for some of them. And I know the turn around for those genres in getting those types of books are a long, long, time.

Last Edited on: 11/19/11 11:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/21/2011 7:53 AM ET
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I bought 4 books from Fictionwise today using the 111811 50% coupon. Having a bit of trouble getting them into ADE (hubby has everything set up to download as a zip file), but very nice. 4 WL books for 9 bucks- love it!

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 7:55 AM ET
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IMO I will not usually buy a book at B&N if it is at FW in multiformat.  I can download the multiformat book onto my PC.  Then I can place it on any device (my ereader, netbook or cellphone) to read.  I can read them in any form - mobipocket, PDF, epub.

If I buy a nookbook from B&N for my Nook Color that is the only portable device I can read it on unless I have their proprietary ereader app on my other devices.  Suppose one day B&N goes out of business, like Borders, then I have to scramble and worry about how I can get actual ownership of my nookbooks.


Date Posted: 11/21/2011 8:12 PM ET
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Oh thanks for the reminder, just looked at the new (15%) off listings and got three of them (which made them 65% off). Love that.