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Upgrade Your Books?


February 20, 2008 10:01 PM PST

I just discovered what Amazon calls a 'Book Upgrade'. When purchasing a book (some selections anyway), Amazon will offer you an 'upgrade' to add an online version for an additional fee. This fee seems to be around $4 - $5, at least for the quick few books I checked. They are marketing this with the following features: 1. Start reading now, no need to wait until the book arrives in the mail. 2. Leave your books at home, and access them from any internet browser.

To be honest I'm not sure how I feel about this. Charging $5 on top of your physical book purchase is sure a way to control their business model. You cannot purchase the online version without buying the book first. Also I'm not a huge fan of online only books. I use ebooks a lot as filler when I'm traveling and don't have internet access. I guess this approach also protects their Kindle ebook model since they currently are not offering any other way to purchase / read those Ebooks. The online books of course are tied to your Amazon account and non-transferable etc.

What do you think about this?

Comments (1)
FredB, February 25, 2008 12:50 PM:

Anything that is online only is a bit too "future" for me. Yes, I'm sure something Borg-like will exist one day (minus the forced participation), but today's reality includes not having internet access, access being slow, or access for an outrageous fee. I'm not in favor of anything existing only online. That includes Google docs. If I can't have a desktop copy and some way to work with it, then I will never completely trust my ability to get to it.

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