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Posts Tagged ‘Rebecca Skloot’

Barnes & Noble Promotes Black History Month Nook Books

Throughout February, Barnes & Noble is celebrating Black History Month with special events and promotions including specially priced Nook books from Black American authors.

Featured books include: Rebecca Skloot‘s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack; The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray by Walter Mosley; Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me by Condoleezza Rice; and Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine.

The book chain will also promote these titles in their stores with signage and hold in store Storytime events related to these titles.

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Readers Respond To Google Indie Price Variability

Yesterday, we reported on the range of pricing from indie bookstores selling Google eBooks versus the price offered from the Google eBookstore and readers had a lot to say.

We found that for the popular title The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, prices ranged from $9.99 to $18.20, among different Google eBook vendors.

Ewgous commented: “Google acts as digital wholesaler and also as a (discount) retailer. On non-agency titles Indies will suffer but let’s face it – if price is your main criterion then you are lost to the indie bookstores anyway. They will have to be creative on those, at least on bestsellers (gifts, e&pbook bundles, used pbooks linked to ebooks). At least they still have a lot of agency titles to compete on other than price.”

Robynsc wasn’t so optimistic: “Now, I suppose if I am REALLY trying to support an indie bookstore, I COULD purchase online at their price, and it makes it easier to do that. But I think it asks a lot of the book buying public when I see a 40-50% or more discount price on one book.”

Jeff Rutherford pointed out: “…one could argue that indies should be extremely aggressive on pricing for Google eBooks, because in most cases that is income they’re not receiving at all today – some one is buying the book from Apple’s iBookstore, Kindle, Nook, and bypassing the indie all together.”

m_dow  wrote: “I don’t understand the concept of independent bookstores selling ebooks anyway… especially if they’re selling them for more than Amazon.”

The Great Pyjama quipped: “They give us enough rope to hang ourselves.”

What do you think?

Google Competes With Amazon On eBook Price, Undercutting Indies

The Google eBookstore is a great way for independent bookstores to sell eBooks, but there is still quite a range when it comes to prices. Last week when the store launched, we reported that Stieg Larsson’s popular title The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest eBook cost anywhere from $9.99 to $27.95.

We checked it again today and found that for the popular title The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, prices vary a lot among different Google eBook vendors.

Google sells the eBook for $9.99, down from the list price of $26.00. Bay area independent bookstore Alibris has the eBook listed at $16.90. And Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore based in Washington DC, is selling the eBook for $18.20.

The eBook is $9.99 in the Kindle store. If Google is going to match Amazon for extremely low pricing, then indie booksellers are going to have a tough time competing.

Amazon’s Top 10 Books Of The Year Feature Only Kindle Titles announced its picks for Best Books of 2010 today, which includes a number of different Top 100 books and Top 10 lists. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, was No. 1 on Amazon’s Top 10 editors’ picks for the year favorite.

Curiously, all of the books on Amazon’s Top 10 editors’ picks are all Kindle books. With all of their marketing around the Kindle, we wonder if Amazon would pick a title that didn’t have an eBook format.

Other titles on Amazon’s Top 10 editors’ list include: Faithful Place: A Novel by Tana French; Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes and Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen. For a complete list, follow this link.

We are curious what your favorite eBooks of the year are. Share your favorites in the comments section below.