8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2013 12:10 PM by keriflur

    Suggestion: Book+eBook Combos

      A feature I would really like to see would be the addition of book+eBook purchase combos in the store. This would be a great feature for educational books, textbooks, etc in particular. To give an example: textbooks are often large and heavy to lug around, but having them in their bulky physical form is often a necessity of the beast as well. If it were possible to have a quick reference version on my Nook at all times if I wanted a quick refresher on a topic or to look something up that would be great.

      There is also that subset of people who are collectors of items in their physical form, but enjoy the portability of electronic forms.

       

      I would hope that such combos would be heavily discounted from purchasing the items individually as you are essentially purchasing the same text twice. You could purchase the latest best-seller in its physical form and then, for possibly a $5 surcharge, also get the eBook version for your Nook. If nothing else, it could give you an instant-access head-start to whatever online purchase you just made.

       

      A perfect example of this is how Amazon is now doing something nearly identical with many of their movies. If you purchase a DVD of many movies you gain instant access to it via their Video on Demand service (for free) as well.

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          I second this, but this would probably have to be a publisher decision.  They should provide an ebook copy with the physical book. 

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            I have been saying this from the very beginning!!!! I especially like the idea now because I am attending school to be a teacher. There are many books that I would like to read myself on my nook, but I would also like many of those books in physical form for myself and for my future students to read. I beg B&N to do this!! I would definitely pay an extra $5 for it!

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                bklvr896

                Tater91 wrote:

                I have been saying this from the very beginning!!!! I especially like the idea now because I am attending school to be a teacher. There are many books that I would like to read myself on my nook, but I would also like many of those books in physical form for myself and for my future students to read. I beg B&N to do this!! I would definitely pay an extra $5 for it!


                B&N can't do this, it is up the publishers.  Remember that BN doesn't get the eBook for free, so even if they could bundle it with a HC book, they'd need to cover the costs of both the HC and eBook, which would be more than an additional $5.  Given that for at least 70% of eBooks, they don't even get to set the price of the book, it's doubtful they can do this, even if it was cost effective.

                 

                And, since the original post was made in 2009, and we still haven't see it happen, I wouldn't hold my breath.

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                It's a good idea! But most good ideas don't get done..

                 

                Strange this one hasn't though. B&N can work with the publishers to get it done I'm sure.

                • Canadian publisher ECW to do free e-book with book purchase
                  Doug_Pardee

                  The Canadian independent publisher ECW Press is going to let you request a free e-book copy when you buy a print copy of any of their Spring 2012 titles. Just send them an email including the book title, the name of the store where you purchased it, your receipt number, and whether you want PDF or EPUB.

                   

                  ECW says that they don't expect any significant loss of sales, because few people buy both the printed book and the e-book. They expect to gain by establishing closer communication with their customers; the e-book will come with a plug to join ECW's mailing list.

                   

                  Officially, this only applies to their new Spring 2012 titles. However, if you buy a new copy of one of their backlist titles, you can always ask. If they happen to have that title in e-book and have the rights to distribute it, they'll send it to you.

                   

                  According to Publishers Weekly, Canadian publisher Coach House Books is working on a similar initiative.

                   

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                    I can't imagine that this should cost the store anything to do and would keep bookstores in business!  So many stores are going the way of Borders and shutting down, in a large part because of ereaders.  I read books on my iPad but would love to have the actual book when at the pool or the beach.  This could be part of the BN membership that for a dollar more with most purchases the ebook is sent directly to your device when purchasing the book. 

                     

                    A book can be shared where an ebook can not.  This service would be a great motivator to get the book!

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                        keriflur

                        vivapd wrote:

                        I can't imagine that this should cost the store anything to do and would keep bookstores in business!  So many stores are going the way of Borders and shutting down, in a large part because of ereaders.  I read books on my iPad but would love to have the actual book when at the pool or the beach.  This could be part of the BN membership that for a dollar more with most purchases the ebook is sent directly to your device when purchasing the book. 

                         

                        A book can be shared where an ebook can not.  This service would be a great motivator to get the book!


                        Why don't you just invest in an eink nook like the NST for your beach reading?  They're fairly inexpensive right now and will allow you to read all of your existing and future nookbooks in bright sun.