Sunday, October 25, 2009

Am I an ebook addict?

Posted by Ann Roberts at 3:42 PM 1 comments
You decide based on these stats!

Binding Total
Kindle Edition 163
Mass Market Paperback 5
Mass Market Paperback - Reprint 1
Paperback 3
Secure EReader 45
Grand Total 217


What do you think????

YTD Reading Summary

Posted by Ann Roberts at 3:38 PM 0 comments
I haven't posted a YTD reading summary lately...so I thought I would provide a summary update. Looks to me like I'm a little behind last year. Except for in how much I am spending these days...that seems to be up!


YearTo Date
Books Read 2009: 217
Pages Read 2009: 74732
Cost of Books Read: $1,423.99


Books Purchased/Received 2009: 222
Cost of Books Purchased: $1,415.87


Books Passed On 2009: 403
Cost of Books Passed On: $161.99


2009 Postage: $460.50

Why the huge price differences??

Posted by Ann Roberts at 1:52 PM 2 comments
So I'm really perplexed by the significant price differences that I see between Amazon and BN.

Here is an example:


Hot on Her Heels
by Susan Mallery
Available at Amazon (preorder) in Kindle format: $5.75
Available at BN.com (preorder) in ebook format: $7.20
Yes that is a difference of $1.45!

Both sellers list the Mass Market Paperback price at $7.99

Neither Fictionwise nor eReader.com show the book. Of course, I don't think they ever show books before they are available. Makes it hard to maintain a wishlist on those sites. In my experience, these ebook sellers would tend more to the bn.com price than the Amazon price.



So how can this be??? What is the factor driving the price differences? Can someone help me understand? I just don't get it. Who is driving these ebook prices...the publisher or the seller?

So much angst!

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:02 AM 0 comments
So I've spent much of my weekend playing on the BN site and following the discussion about the nook. I'm flabbergasted by the number of people who are "up in arms" over BN restrictions on lending. Some people are saying they are going to cancel their "nook" order. What?! What other ereader will you purchase....because no one else allows you to share at all. (And I don't count Amazon's sharing policy since it restricts you to devices on your account.)

The Barnes and Noble nook ebook FAQ says "Yes. With our new LendMe™ technology, you can now share from nook to nook. But it doesn’t stop there. Starting Nov. 30th, you can lend to and from any device with the Barnes & Noble eReader app, including PC, Mac OS®, BlackBerry®, iPhone™ and iPod® touch. All you need to know is your friend’s email address. You can lend many of your eBooks one time for a maximum of 14 days. When you use our LendMe™ technology, you will not be able to read your eBook while it is on loan, but you always get it back."

  1. The duration (14 days) restriction ensures that you get the book back. How many of us have lent a book only to have it never return. 14 days seems like a reasonable initial duration to pass a book on. The limit is probably driven by both BN and publishers.
  2. AT THIS TIME, BN is limiting the number of times a book can be passed on to ONCE. Okay, this is a bit disappointing but ONE time is one more time than I can pass on the 195 Amazon Kindle ebooks that I own.
    Yes, I know I can share books on Amazon with others on my account. But I refuse to share my account with DH and he wouldn't read the books I read anyway.
    Come on people!!! This is a GREAT first step! Maybe I'm just an eternal optomist but I think this is just the start! Let's face it! Publishers are as much a part of the problem as book sellers...maybe more. I expect that other ebook providers will start offering the ability to lend books and that the limit on the number of times a book can be passed on will be raised. I expect there will be a limit but I think somewhere in the 5-10 range will be more likely.
I'm still a huge fan of what BN is doing!! You can find me in the BN ebook communities via my email address!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

eReaders Competition Heats Up

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:58 AM 0 comments
I know I was originally hesitant to join the eReader craze...but when I did I went whole hog. I first started with eReader/Fictionwise on my iPod (Sept 2008 - Feb 2009) then purchased a Kindle2 (Feb 2009 - TODAY). But the Barnes and Noble "nook" really has my attention.

The Press There is a lot of information and comparison about the nook and Amazon's response.

Here are some of the things that I really like about the nook:
  1. Ability to lend books to friends. BN ebooks can be loaned to friends for up to 14 days. Is 14 days enough? Maybe/Maybe not but it is better than not be able to lend them. Or requiring that all devices are on the same account (read "credit card"). Heck, my husband and I don't share the same credit card...and we generally don't read the same books.
  2. WiFi! This isn't that important to me...I haven't had any trouble with my Kindle 3G network but I could see where it would be a concern if you can't access Kindle's Whispernet.
  3. A significant portion of the device isn't taken up with a keyboard I don't use often. And I really hate the keys on the Kindle...could they have made them any harder to see and use?
  4. "nook" offers the same Download Sample feature as Amazon. I love this feature! It has saved me from reading a book I had read previously.
  5. BN offers readers for the iPod AND Blackberry. I'm planning on getting the new Storm2 when it comes out (hopefully this week). Since I have the iPod Touch, I have to be connected to a WiFi network in order to get a new book. Having eReaders on my Blackberry should give me more flexibility.
  6. I like the community features that BN has built. I belong to several book communities (BookCrossing, GoodReadsm, and Facebook) and now BN. Be sure to friend me!
  7. Ability to touch and feel the "nook" before buying! I think this will give BN a significant advantage. I waited a while before buying the Kindle because I couldn't see and touch it first. Because of that I have offered to show my Kindle to others in the local area who want to see it and I've been happy to show it off.
I downloaded the BN ereader for the iPod Touch. Reading on my iPod is generally a pain but will work in a pinch. First, it means that I can't plug my iPod in to my home stereo system AND read at the same time. Second, the battery life on the iPod when reading is about 4 hours or less. So far I've found 2 books that are available in eBook format at BN that haven't been available at Amazon. That will probably mean that I continue to use multiple readers but will need to stick with the Kindle as my primary. (I can't afford to purchase the "nook" at this point.)

Both Kindle and "nook" have opportunities for improvement:
  • Amazon needs to get with the program and find a way to enable the sharing of books. eBook readers want to be able to share books just like they do their paper copies. I suggested to Amazon earlier this year that they set up a way to manage the sharing to eliminate piracy concerns. Looks like BN beat them to the punch.
  • Both Amazon and BN need to do a better job of integrating ebooks and wishlists. When I hear about a future release I want to add it to my wishlist...preferrably in the ebook format (since that is all I read these days). If I have to add it in paper format, I want you to tell me when the ebook format comes available. Amazon seems to do a better job of putting "to be released" books on their website. I wasn't able to find a couple of future release books on the BN site.
  • When I got to the end of the sample on the BN iPod reader, there wasn't an option to "Buy Now." I had to go to the Amazon site, and search for the book. It didn't take me directly to the book I was reading. And it didn't appear that I could access any of my BN Wishlists. It made purchasing the book much more difficult. This issue may be limited to the reader and may be better on the "nook" but it is still a huge opportunity for improvement.
  • Pricing. I'm still amazed at the price for eBooks. Really??? You don't have to send them to be printed and don't have to pay for paper and shipping but the prices aren't SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper. And if a book is available in hardcopy and paperback why does it seem that the ebook price is based on the hardback version? A very quick comparison seemed to show that Amazon's prices are better than BN's prices. It looks like Amazon's prices are about the same as BN's member prices. (I let my BN membership lapse when I started reading eBooks.) Hopefully, we'll see that start to change as competition heats up!
I definitely have "nook" envy! But I can't see buying another eBook reader at this time.
 

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