Discussion question: Would you be willing pay extra for a Print book that included access to a digital copy?
November 8, 2011 § 41 Comments
I posted a question on Twitter and Facebook today that I would love to hear other readers’ perspective on. Would you be willing pay extra for a Print book that included access to a digital copy? Many times, if I am going somewhere, I do not want to drag a big hardcover book along with me and wish that I had my current read in digital format. Or I would like to have a physical copy of a book for my shelves but find it much more convenient to read the book in a digital format. Do you feel the same?
I can understand the concern that the publisher/author would be possibly losing money by combining the two formats, but I know that I personally do not ever buy both the print and digital copies of any book other than that of my absolute favorite authors. I wonder how many people like me will only buy one format or the other but rarely both? If most people do only buy one format, then combining the two should not cause any kind of loss but instead be an incentive for a reader to purchase more print books.
It also occurs to me that shady people would use this as an opportunity to make money by keeping and reading the eBook and selling the print copy. But ultimately I think that bundling the two would benefit both the reader and the publisher/author. There will always be people who will try to find a way to take unfair advantage of something, the question is, would the benefits outweigh any possible loss?
What do you think?
Would you be willing to pay extra for a bundling of Print and Digital book?
How often do you now purchase both print and digital format?
Would you like to see publishers offer the option to purchase a print/digital bundle? Do you think they should or eventually will?
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you take the time to share your thoughts on this!