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Subject: Price Gouging By B&N?
Date Posted: 11/27/2011 12:27 PM ET
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There was a short review of a book in my local paper today. The book is Fit To Serve  by James Hormel.  In Kindle format the price is $9.99.  In Nook format the price is a whoping $16.71!  Wow!  Why so much? Why such a big difference?  This is almost enough to convince me to get a Kindle even though I already have a Nook.  I have noticed that a lot of prices for Nook books have gone up quite a bit, especially for very new releases.

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 2:11 PM ET
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It may just be that either the publisher in this case (Skyhorse Publishing) has either raised or lowered the price of the book at one store but hasn't at the other.

I think in pretty much all cases now the publisher/author is the one to set store prices, not the ebook stores. The Ebook stores now get a set rate for selling the book.

You could always send a letter to B&N or the publisher and give a link to the Amazon price and ask if they can match it. Someone may have dropped the ball and not realize there's a price difference between the two. Amazon has a link to do just that, but I didn't see one right off at B&N.

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 2:58 PM ET
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This is a smaller publisher and they don't have an agency agreement so this price is set by B&N.

Have you tried looking around to see if any other stores with the compatible epub books sell it at a lower cost than $17? I thought that was one of the benefits of having a Nook.  The epub format is a bit more open than Amazon's proprietary format so you're not locked into one bookstore.  (Anyone with a nook, feel free to correct me!)

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 4:10 PM ET
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The epub format is a bit more open than Amazon's proprietary format so you're not locked into one bookstore.

You have to be careful. Being Epub doesn't mean a book is DRM-less. Here.

Here's the problem, even though there is an open source format, ePub, there are slightly different ePub formats with DRM, and each eReader reads a different format of ePub. Each eReader is trying to be unique. For example, the Sony eReader supports: DRM-free text such as BBeB(LRF),PDF, Text, ePub, DRM-protected text such as secure PDF and ePUb. The Nook supports the following formats: eReader PDB, the Barnes & Noble proprietary DRM format, ePub with Barnes & Noble ADEPT DRM, and Adobe ePub DRM, and PDF with Adobe DRM.

I'd send a text off and see if they'll match Amazon's price.

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 6:10 PM ET
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Cindy,

That's what I meant by compatible epub.  You'd think that if they changed the DRM scheme, they'd change the file extension just to make it clear, but nope, they make it needlessly confusing for everyone.  At least when Amazon did their own DRM format, they renamed the files to AZW so you can tell them apart from mobi files at first glance.

Better yet, it would be nice if they'd get rid of DRM altogether so Jason could just buy the book from Amazon, convert it, and be reading already.  But I doubt that is going to happen anytime soon, sadly.