|Source: Fast Company|
Why don't publisher's give away digital copies of books with the hardcover versions?
What brought this thought upon me: I was thinking about purchasing Where She Went from Amazon.com and then realized that the hardcover edition was cheaper than the e-book! This just doesn't make sense to me... E-books are definitely cheaper to produce, so why are we being charged more in some cases?
- Some DVDs already come like this. Ex: You buy a blu-ray that comes with a digital copy as well.
- You have a backup in the case your hard copy gets destroyed.
- Keeps the tradition of paper books alive while at the same time making digital content more known and accessible to the general public. Maybe even assisting e-reader sales?
- "About 10.8 million e-readers have been sold in the United States so far..." - American Observer. This is just the US alone!
Inside the book there could be a one-time redeemable code for a digital copy. I am by no means a business woman, and they probably have their reasons for not doing this, but as a customer, this is something I would love to see.
What do you guys think? Would you use and support digital copies being given away with hardcover edition books?