Teleread noticed this weekend that there’s been an increased amount of chatter on the Barnes and Noble forums regarding their ebook pricing. It looks as though B&N has very suddenly jacked up their prices on a number of books, causing some serious pricing disparity with their competitors.
What kind of disparity? Well, I threw together the chart above to highlight a few examples. These books are being highlighted only because they were mentioned on the B&N forums, and it was easier than random spot checks.
The most egregious, by far, is Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot”. Amazon is charging $7.19, Kobo is charging $20, and Barnes and Noble is clocking in at $26! For a book that was first published in 1975, and whose paperback sells for 7.99!!!
These could be random one-off pricing issues, but what’s really odd is that it appears the prices all changed in the last few days. Reports from the B&N forums indicate many books went from ~$9.99 to suddenly double that! Hopefully it’s a Barnes and Noble glitch and not a sudden price hike. With Amazon still pushing for lower prices, and Apple pushing for lower prices for bestsellers, B&N does NOT want to be the odd man out with outrageous pricing!