Originally Posted by Gudy
Ah, OK, the problem is a slightly different one then: While ripping mp3s from a CD is something that can be largely automated, this is definitely not true for the creation of e-books and paper books from the same source. At some point after the proof reading stage, the two processes diverge, and both require non-trivial amounts of human effort to get decent results. Bundling the e-book with the paper book would then have to account for that effort in the pricing somehow.
It makes sense to me that one could buy a paper/ebook bundle, either on-line or in a store, but it's all the who haa re DRM copyright whereby what's okay for music is not for books.
That inconsistency seems to be heightened by Amazon's giving you another copy of purchased music in a form that you may not have bought it, and which may never have been for personal use eg it was given as a gift, but you now also have a copy of it.
I'm hoping that a legal loophole is opening (or is it widening) ......