I had coffee with a fellow e-book user today. We are both on March break, and one of the pleasures of our friendship has been our shared love of reading. We met in the coffee shop of a local Indigo, and naturally, the conversation turned to what we have been reading lately.
“That reminds me,” my friend said. “That I need to pick up some books while I’m here. I have been loving the Outlander series so much that I want to get some paper copies too.”
I admit, this format double-dipping baffles me. I readily accept that some books lend themselves better to a paper treatment. I really enjoy a nicely done art book or cookbook or kids book, myself. But I just buy it in paper in the first place—I don’t pay twice, for the e-book, and then for the print.
I followed her to the sci-fi section, where she agonized over the choices. One of the titles was only in trade paperback. She already had two of them in mass-market paperback and wanted them to match. I tried to upsell her to the trade paper anyway, since the smaller paperback seemed very unwieldy. But whatever—she already has, and has read these in e-book. Getting the paper seemed somewhat superfluous to me.
What do you think of e-book double dipping? Would there be any benefit to you in owning—and paying for—both paper and digital copies of the same book?