I LOVE books. I love to hold them, flip through them, lend them, and read them during take-off. While reading a book, rare is it that I don’t decide that I need to flip back several chapters to validate a detail that is triggered by a new development. In an eBook, that is very hard.
On the other hand, the bigger the book, the more I enjoy the electronic version. When I reread Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, I did so electronically. Let’s face it, nobody enjoys hauling a 800 page book on an airplane. It is also easier to carry multiple books to cover the eventual moment when I finish my previous book.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
This is AWESOME, or will be in mid-October. I still reread books and I would rather do that on my tablet. I have lent a couple of books out and not gotten them back* and this would also solve that problem. While I would prefer a zero to $1 cost for all books, this is a great first step.
I will admit that this is going to have a limited impact on my personal collection. I have bought very few books through Amazon as I prefer to browse and shop offline. I may buy a new book in a series or from a favorite author on Amazon, but I discover books in bookstores. While I am there, I tend to grab other books from authors I know.
Still, this is a great first step. If other stores, or publishers, would start doing this, that would be even better.
*NOTE: This only happens once as lending privileges are permanently revoked. You want to get on my bad side, lose or damage a book when I lend it to you. I shall think less of you for the rest of your life unless there was a disaster that was clearly beyond your control.