This year, I gave a number of books to people, including a Nero Wolfe novel to my father. And it got me to thinking about how great it would be to read those books again. A number of years ago, I obtained all 47 of them via means less than completely licit (I was a poor college student in those days), and read through them all. The files have long since vanished through the magic of failing hard drives, and I was thinking that I might like to read them again, paid for legitimately this time.
The thing is, there are 47 of them. Obtaining all 47 would be, as far as I can tell, a matter of going through and buying all of them, one at a time. For $6 each, which would end up running me just short of $300. But I could spend that much for good books. However, it would take an incredible amount of time to buy all 47 of them all one at a time. I suppose if I have to I could simply buy them individually as I read them, but I’d just like to have them all available at hand. And if I’m going to do that, I might as well just check them out from the library and not pay a cent.
A few weeks ago, I happened on a very rare sale price on a Blu-ray set: all 23 James Bond movies for $75. (They’re normally twice that much on Amazon.) Naturally, I snapped it up, and I’ve been having a lot of fun revisiting these movies that I haven’t seen in forever.
And that kind of got me to thinking. Why don’t we have e-book “boxed sets” like that? All the books in a long-running series bundled together at a discount to encourage someone to pay one lump sum to buy them all at once. I’d gladly pay $150 or $200 in one big chunk if I could get all 47 Nero Wolfe e-books in one purchase and just not have to worry about it. And it would be nice to save at least some money when making a big bulk purchase like that.
If the publishers are looking to sell more e-books, they ought to explore selling them in series-size bundles. Even if they split it up into five or six bundles, that would still be less hassle than buying 47 e-books one at a time.
(Update: I’ve been reminded that some books, like the Dresden Files series, are offered in e-book bundles.)