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If you have already bought a book can you get the Kindle version free?


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Initial post: 8 Jan 2011 19:15:41 GMT
R. Gardner says:
I have loads of books - and some I have just bought to read - can I change them for Kindle versions if I bought a Kindle?

Posted on 8 Jan 2011 19:18:11 GMT
TopCat says:
No, you can't get a free e-version because you have a tree copy. Isn't that a bit like expecting a free DVD because you saw the film at the cinema?

Posted on 8 Jan 2011 19:35:48 GMT
P. Burke says:
No, any books you have would need to be re-acquired for the Kindle.

However, in a similar vein it would be nice to be able to buy a bundle option, for example buy the hardback and the Kindle version for and extra 1 or something like that. While the majority of my reading will be on the Kindle from now on I will still be buying certain books in hardback format (otherwise what is the author going to sign, my Kindle?) and the option of a bundle containing both formats would appeal to me.

Of course I can't actually see something like this being implemented for a while, if ever, considering the publishers current price setting.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2011 19:51:14 GMT
Norm Deplume says:
Some publishers have already made moves in the direction of bundling print and electronic versions. O'Reilly, who publish masses of books on various aspects of computing, do offers where the e-book is an extra 4 or 5 dollars with the print edition (the format is usually .pdf, .mobi, and .epub, and all DRM-free). This icould well be the pattern for others in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2011 22:45:23 GMT
gcogger says:
"Isn't that a bit like expecting a free DVD because you saw the film at the cinema?"

I'd say it's much more like expecting to get the mp3 files when you've bought the CD...

Posted on 8 Jan 2011 22:59:28 GMT
@gcogger

You mean you didn't get your free cylinder, 78, 45 rpm vinyl, tape, cartridge, cassette and CD when you bought your MP3? Shame :O)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 09:04:17 GMT
TopCat says:
Yeah, much better analogy! Thank you.

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:07:26 GMT
J. H says:
I've never understood the logic of expecting the ebook free just because you own the printed version.

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:10:00 GMT
It is a symptom of the British disease. We have been taught for the last 60 years to expect an awful lot for free.

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:10:38 GMT
You get the DVD verion of a film when you buy Blue Ray!

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:21:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jan 2011 09:22:19 GMT
J. H says:
Sometimes you do Martin, not always

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:26:23 GMT
J. H says:
@ Beth. Im afraid you are right. It saddens me that no one seems to be prepared to pay for the music they enjoy any more. Books will go the same way. It does nothing to encourage talent.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 09:29:36 GMT
Denisebrum says:
Yes, but if you've already got the DVD, you don't get the blue ray free or any cheaper!

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:51:05 GMT
Michael says:
hey hey

if you get a cd you DO get the mp3 version for free. all it takes is for you to rip it in your PC. its not even considered piracy. technically you could scan every page of your print version and make your own pdf.

getting the digital ebok version free when you got a hardback would be a superb way to drive sales of both print and digital. If i had the epub version of all the books i bought this year then i would have bought a sony reader and not a kindle. i still would have got all my hardbacks and most likely bought other books that i was considering as a "free" digital copy may have driven the sale.

IF there was a mechanic where people could trade their print books in to some charity, school, care home, hospice, etc and recieve the digital copy. i would support that in a heartbeat.

promotions on the digital side is very lacking. I buy hardbacks pretty much release day and they are ALWAYS on offer at launch prices and i buy paperbacks for new stuff on 342 offers.

mp3's caused a revolution in music and is a huge reason why we see ear after ear with a little white wire hanging from it. mp3's are a universal music format that all the portable media players use. currently we are early days for digital media and the format is yet to fully globalise. but to make it a success to rival mp3, and the ipod you need to do something to drive the sales AND drive your format. Amazon are at the front and could dominate if they had the balls.

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:54:44 GMT
Eddie Stack says:
I have two books in print and there's also Kindle versions. If a paperback reader wanted a Kindle copy, I'd give them one. As it is, I give away an audio version of one book. Being an indie writer, I'm not bound by the old publishing model of making what you can from the reader.

es

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 09:59:39 GMT
Kborom says:
@ JH - wrong, people were not prepared to pay double what other countries were paying for the same product within an industry that did not want to change. They have finally learned and the prices for cd's and albums downloaded are now much more reasonable.
During this period, about 15 years, I have not noticed any lack of talent coming through - the main problem seems to be the wave of talentless X factor wannabees who restrict those talented artists.

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 10:00:05 GMT
J. H says:
I think its a great possibility to give the ebook version WITH the printed book, but to suggest you should now be able to give back year old paperbacks to amazon and they give you the ebook now is just absurd.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 10:20:29 GMT
Joe says:
<<if you get a cd you DO get the mp3 version for free. all it takes is for you to rip it in your PC. its not even considered piracy. technically you could scan every page of your print version and make your own pdf.>>

Not so. Both of those cases, whilst no one would know you'd done them, so no chance of a prosecution, "technically" are illegal / violation of copyright laws. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 11:39:05 GMT
W. LUMLEY says:
TC I'd liken it more to seeing a film for free at the cinema because you bought the dVD but I'm with you
The Reluctant Traveller

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 13:28:01 GMT
MilleD says:
I thought you were allowed to make 'back ups'?

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 14:11:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jan 2011 14:14:09 GMT
Joe says:
<<I thought you were allowed to make 'back ups'? >>
Many people think that. You can't. Well, in fact obviously you can, just not legally, but phooey to that.

As I've said before in other posts our copyright laws are a broken illogical mess that criminalize everyone.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/iandouglas/3624831/The_armchair_criminals/

BTW, 3 years ago a Sony Music exec stated in court that in her opinion if you ripped a CD that you had bought to your own iPod (for example) for your own use, that was still theft.

BTW this is for books, CDs and DVDs. Many application licenses now come with a provision whereby you can make a back for that purpose.

Posted on 23 Jan 2011 21:27:42 GMT
If I buy a 45 training book. PLUS the kindle version WITHOUT the attached training DVD, and the Kindle itself, that's nearly 200.
I don't think it's totally unfair to offer a free kindle version for books. ESPECIALLY as you'll be expected to buy the new version of Kindle in a couple of years that won't load the old books.

Where exactly do you think the money comes from nowadays? Books or hardware?

Posted on 23 Jan 2011 21:31:41 GMT
Charlie says:
You could just list your books on amazon marketplace and as they sell use the money to buy the kindle download version. I did that recently with a few of mine.

Posted on 23 Jan 2011 21:40:38 GMT
Sorry but I disagree, no one has put a gun to my head and made me buy a kindle therefore it is my choice to buy ebooks. Obviously if Amazon want to do a promotion and offer me some free books good on them.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2011 22:02:54 GMT
Joe says:
<<If I buy a 45 training book. PLUS the kindle version WITHOUT the attached training DVD, and the Kindle itself, that's nearly 200.>>
If I buy a training manual at 25 and a Kindle at 110 and a Porsche at 50k, thats over 50K. Whats your point?If the DVD is not included, SEND THE BOOK BACK.

<<ESPECIALLY as you'll be expected to buy the new version of Kindle in a couple of years that won't load the old books..>

really,whats your evidence for that, bearing in mind that (1) Amazon have gone through 4 Kindles (1,2, 3 & DX) and retained compatibility, and (2) they would have no wish to make enemies of 8 million customers, and (3) if that happened there would be a massive counterproductive spree in people stripping the DRM and converting ebooks, and thus losing them millions of customers as they all learned how to be pirates..

Or did your tinfoil hat just slip off?
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