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Old 03-30-2010, 10:10 PM   #16
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If your wishlist was at B&N, 90% would be eReader if not more.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:14 PM   #17
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This is disappointing news. It is a good thing that I went on buying sprees during those sales.
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The Fictionwise Buywise Club progam has been discontinued. We thank you for you patronage and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you.

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Well that sucks. I hope they have something else in the works.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:37 PM   #19
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I've been thinking about the upcoming changes in the last couple of weeks. Slowly, I'm beginning to find more and more books on B&N.com that are not available at Fictionwise. Got only the curt "stock" answer when I asked why.

I've been wondering if Fictionwise will simply stop offering ebooks from the publishers following the Agency model.

If that's true, it wouldn't really be necessary for them to do away with the Buywise Club, though. It's likely it's as BOb said - they're just looking forward to the time with Fictionwise (and eReader) disappear and B&N.com is the only choice.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:09 PM   #20
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Wow...surprised they didn't even send out emails about this (runs to double check my email).

Makes me want to go use up my $25 micropay and my remaining coupon from my last renewal and just move back to using Amazon exclusively...at least I still get 3 pts per $ thru my amazon visa.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:25 PM   #21
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I will be seriously bummed if Fictionwise closes its doors or stops offering rebates. I have bought over 800 books from them at an average cost of <$3/book. You can't get close to that anywhere else.

My buywise has almost 5 years left too. If they close up shop, that means I'll have to fight them via my CC for the unused balance. Argh.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:29 PM   #22
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I really think Kobo is going to be my store of choice from now on.
I spent some time on Kobo's web site and I've gotta agree. The web site design is very clean and pleasant.. less is more. Compared to Amazon's mass clutter.

However, I've got to say... a web site without social features like reviews and recommendations isn't going to go very far.

I was looking at Kobo because I loved the preview of the Kobo for iPad app. (Not that I have an iPad but I am seriously considering it.)

Once again, I think Fictionwise and eReader.com will be gone by the end of 2011.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:31 PM   #23
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My buywise has almost 5 years left too. If they close up shop, that means I'll have to fight them via my CC for the unused balance. Argh.
Well... Considering how good they have been and that they are owned by B&N I think they will compensate you. Probably with some type of store credit or perhaps convert it to the B&N loyalty program. Although, as BooksOnBoard.com said, providing discounts is going to be difficult with many of the ebooks sold with the agency model.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:42 PM   #24
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That's disturbing. I bought a 2 year membership this past december. I have $90 in unspent "micro pay" -- and I really liked the program. Even if I get my "discount" -- I'll really miss the "100% micro pay" rebates they offered. It was one of the main reasons I signed up.

I thought with "agency pricing" we'd have MORE buyer's clubs, not less.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:43 PM   #25
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Well... Considering how good they have been and that they are owned by B&N I think they will compensate you. Probably with some type of store credit or perhaps convert it to the B&N loyalty program. Although, as BooksOnBoard.com said, providing discounts is going to be difficult with many of the ebooks sold with the agency model.

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I'm not interested int he B&N loyalty program however. So, converting it would be pointless. The books are expensive and usually ereader which I can't use. A friend who knows I love to read gave me a $25 B&N gift card for the 2008 holidays. I could never find anything to spend it on, even after browsing the local stores several times. I finally just gave in and bought some board books for my son to be rid of it. It's a store that just doesn't impress me. I'll be seriously bummed if they destroy my favorite bookstore.

At least I've used up most of my Micropay.:

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Old 03-31-2010, 01:45 AM   #27
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Same here. I already made the choice not to continue my Buywise membership and am moving away from FW. After 7 years, I'm getting less and less charmed by them.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:14 AM   #28
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Fictionwise has simply said they've discontinued the Buywise Club. They've said nothing about micropay and I don't think there's any reason to jump to the conclusion that the agency model will necessarily bring an end to micropay. All I've seen on the agency model thus far is that it requires books be sold at a certain price. I would consider micropay less of an actual rebate (since you don't get money back) and more of an offering of store credit for using Fictionwise. It's rewarding loyalty. If that can be exploited under the agency model, then it might actually give Fictionwise a boost--at least until other stores start to implement something similar.
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And another; in fact, I don't think I've bought anything from Fictionwise since B&N took them over, principally because of Geographic Restrictions - the main reason I didn't renew my Buywise membership when it ran out last year...
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My membership is good until 2020. I guess I got carried away on those 100% rebate membership sales. Fictionwise is the main store where I buy books and I've learned to wait for the great sales and buy my whole wish list then. I've found enough mysteries and spicy romances in multiformat to keep me busy. They also have bestsellers with 100% micropay rebates. The prices are higher but if I'm getting it all back to buy more books I can live with that. There are very few main "name brand" authors that I care about getting their new releases and I guess I can get those in pbook from the library. I just can't see me paying $14.99 or so (in real, non rebateable money) for an ebook. I never did for pbooks, I'd get it from the library and wait until it was in paperback if I wanted a copy for my collection and I'd generally buy that used. I have tried Kobo but my bank always charges an extra fee since Kobo is in Canada. I haven't had any trouble navigating the Fictionwise site and I'm going to be really sad if it goes away.
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