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Ebook/hardback bundles (UK)

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bobstro
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It sounds like a mainstream publisher matching Amazon's MatchBook offering. Interesting that they're asking 5 GBP (~$8) additional for the ebook in addition to the price of the hardback. Not exactly cheap, but I suppose you're getting the ebook earlier than the paperback edition at least. I wonder how long before publishers start doing something like UltraViolet for video, with the "digital download included" sticker on the cover.

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I've posted before about movies; a lot of them come now with a dvd, blu-ray, and digital version in the same package. Of course, they have had their theater run before that.

 

Of note also is that HC is the first (only so far) of the majors to sign on with Scribd.

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Re: Ebook/hardback bundles (UK)

One of my primary reasons for moving to ebooks is my desire to eliminate the clutter caused by hundreds or thousands of books taking up shelf space.  OK, I'm lying.  One of my primary reasons for moving to ebooks is Mrs. Mac's desire to eliminate the clutter caused by hundreds or thousands of books taking up shelf space.

 

i keep a handful of reference books, atlases, and coffee table-type picture books.  I don't see the point in keeping physical copies of my casual reading.

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ebooks really started taking off, what 5 years ago?  And they already have 30% of the market, and while it's slowing down it hasn't stopped.

 

Meanwhile they state 48% of the folks surveyed would buy bundles but give no information on the growth or decline of that figure. 

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I HAVE BEEN READING E BOOKS FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS, I STILL HAVE A BOOKSHELF FULL OF MY FAVORITES. AND I WILL PURCHASE A BOOK AT A GARAGE SALE IF I SEE SOMETHING , BUT I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY NOOK IT GOES EVERY WHERE WITH ME. BEST THING ABOUT MY NOOK IS WHERE EVER I AM I DONT HAVE TO WORRY About NOT HAVING SOMETHING TO READ IF I FINISH A BOOK.
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I would buy bundles, but only for a few specific authors. For the rest, I also can't afford the space for the additional books. The number of physical books in my house right now is almost identical to the number of square feet. If I started buying everything in HC again my house would be on Hoarders.