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#1 May 11 2012 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Do you think publishers will go the route of the BluRay/DVD sellers and eventually sell hard copy books with a digital copy for your reader device?
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#2 May 11 2012 at 6:39 AM Rating: Decent
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In time the only books you can find will be at Antique shops. The progress of media has gotten to the point that regular books will become cost
prohibitive and that digital media will be the main way to read books. I prefer real hard cover books. Holding one in your hands and being able to read
the pages is one of my favorite things to do.
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#3 May 11 2012 at 8:08 AM Rating: Decent
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TirithRR wrote:
Do you think publishers will go the route of the BluRay/DVD sellers and eventually sell hard copy books with a digital copy for your reader device?


Hard to say. Right now, they still view the content as separate purchases with equal profit potential. I think the book industry, like the rest of the entertainment industry, still believes each purchase is buying a separate but distinct right to use, rather than buying the the content itself, regardless of media format.
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#4 May 11 2012 at 12:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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Baen already does sort of. They include a DVD contaiing basically their entire library in e-book format every so often on their "flagship" releases. Usually includes the book you purchased in hardcopy too, along with about a hundred others.
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#5 May 11 2012 at 11:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I have been saying this should happen since ebooks were... invented? Or whatever.

It makes sense to me.
#6 May 12 2012 at 8:24 PM Rating: Decent
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I would like a trade in program of sorts. Mail the physical copy of your crappy paperback in to be recycled with the publisher, get the eBook version at a steep discount (at least 50% off whatever they want to charge.) This means the publisher has eliminated a resale copy, and gained a second sale from a previous first sale customer.
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#7 May 14 2012 at 12:59 AM Rating: Default
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I don't think most will ever do combined purchases like that, it would be nice, but unlikely I think as there's pretty little incentive at the moment.

I think it's a bit different than the film/music markets which are going down that route because they suffer so much from digital piracy, and digital piracy exists partly because we want the freedom to move our media around our devices. While book piracy does certainly exists (usually in the form of downloadable PDFs or text files), reading for the mainstream is still more comfortable on paper.

I have a Kindle, and while it was very comfortable to actually read the text (I get headaches from reading longform text on backlit screens), it wasn't very convenient to navigate or make notes/bookmarks etc. Books/text on the whole is so much more a physical medium, while music and video is pretty much for non-interactive consumption and the only thing that really changes is the screen size/type.
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