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Barnes & Noble’s Nook on eBay

nookauction23.jpgMore than fifty copies of Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital reader have surfaced on eBay recently. As of this writing, the cheapest bid rests at $101.01 and the most expensive bid stands at $575.00–$316 more than the list price of $259.

In an email exchange with GalleyCat, Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating declined to comment on the eBay listings. She did note that “demo devices are scheduled to be available in our highest volume stores the week of 12/7. Those highest volume stores are also expected to receive very limited inventory at a date yet to be determined.”

However, the company’s list of “highest volume stores” has not been revealed yet. Last night, eBook blogger Mike Cane spotted the device selling for $465 on eBay–$206 more than the list price.

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook Selling High on eBay

nookauction23.jpgAs news broke yesterday that Barnes & Noble’s eagerly anticipated Nook digital reader will only arrive in a few stores on Dec. 7, one blogger spotted the device selling for $465 on eBay–$206 more than the list price.

eBook champion Mike Cane spotted the eBay Nook auction yesterday, Twitter-ing as the price rose higher and higher for the device. This morning, GalleyCat spotted a still-open auction for a Nook–currently selling for $400. There is still more auction action on eBay now.

Here’s more about the limited release: “‘A very limited supply, along with demo units, will be available in our highest-volume stores only, beginning December 7,’ Mary Ellen Keating, Barnes & Noble’s senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, told CNET in an e-mail.”

Barnes & Noble Nook Pre-Orders Exceed Expectations

features_wifinook.pngPre-orders for the Nook, Barnes & Noble’s (BKS) digital reader, have dramatically exceeded company expectations, delaying the expected shipment of some orders.

GalleyCat spoke with Mary Ellen Keating, Barnes & Noble’s Senior VP of corporate communications & public affairs for more details. According to the spokesperson, the first Nook pre-orders will be shipped on November 20. However, the company expects to ship more recent Nook pre-orders on December 11.

Nevertheless, Keating urged holiday shoppers to hurry with pre-orders: “I think we always had high expectations for the device, but what we’ve seen in terms of preorders has exceeded our expectations,” she explained. “We’re encouraging people to order soon, we want to make sure people who really want the device get it before the holidays.”

Bookstore Closings in NY, SF, AZ

Dear lord, is this some kind of Black Friday of bookselling? We report the unhappy news of the following impending bookstore closures:

  • Here in New York City, Barnes & Noble plans to shut down its Astor Place location due to increasing rents. “We’d like to stay there, but we really can’t afford it,” said company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating to the New York Post yesterday.*
  • After weeks of swirling rumors, Cody’s has announced it will close its Stockton Street store in San Francisco only months after its flagship Telegraph Avenue store in Berkeley went under. The last day for the Stockton Street retail shop will be April 20, leaving only a single shop in Berkeley left of what was once the Bay Area’s signature independent bookstore chain.
  • And two years after noted mystery indie Poisoned Pen expanded from its Scottsdale base into Phoenix, that shop, Poisoned Pen Central, will close. The Arizona Republic reports that suffered a loss of business last summer after the city shut its building down for renovations for two weeks, from which it never recovered.

*Ron observes that while the excellent author events programming at the Astor Place B&N will be missed, it’s not as if there isn’t another, larger B&N less than a dozen blocks away at Union Square. Also, there’s two independent bookstores within a five-minute walk of the square, and another five minutes would take you to one more (two if you count Housing Works); perhaps they’ll pick up some new customers.