Thanks to Calrion, a reader of my blog, I've just learned about an unconventional publisher that offers its books in print, PDF, and print+PDF.
But wait, there's more!
Eric, you may be interested in what a publisher, Pragmatic Programmer, is doing with eBooks. You can purchase the (physical) book either on-line or from your local book store, or you can purchase the book+PDF combo from their website. Additionally--and this really is the kicker--your purchase (anywhere) of the physical book entitles you to 60%-off the price of the PDF version. So, you can buy the book and then visit their website to get the PDF. Ideally I'd like the PDF to be complimentary (as I consider the price of the book should more-than-cover the small cost involved), but this is a great step forward.
I was skeptical, so I visited the Pragmatic Programmer web site and found that in addition to the above, they offer free updates to the PDF. How's that for listening to customers!
Customers may choose to purchase books in three ways:
1. Books in print, for this who want the physical book
2. eBooks in unrestricted PDF format with free lifetime updates
3. Combo Book + PDF* for people like me who want to enjoy the book in both formats
I realize that this is a specialty publisher with a small offering of books at this time, but the business model is highly innovative in that it offers customers a choice.
I wonder if we will see anything like this soon from mainstream publishers?
What do you think?
* If you've not been following my Tablet PC adventures, it means I can read it on paper, read it on my Tablet PC, and mark it up in digital ink.