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Old 12-10-2012, 09:18 AM   #61
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It seems the world is conspiring against my resolution to buy no more ebooks until 1st February 2013.

Bust despite the possible rise in price coming, I think I'm going to resist. But I'm glad to have had the opportunity to consider it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:50 AM   #62
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This writeup at TeleRead by Chris Meadows is very good:

Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library


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Old 12-10-2012, 10:57 AM   #63
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:17 AM   #64
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From reading that it looks like prices will be going up across the board...

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Prices for backlist e-books will be going up, too; instead of $6, e-books of books whose print edition is currently hardcover will be $9.99, trade paperback $8.99, and mass market paperback $6.99
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:32 AM   #65
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From reading that it looks like prices will be going up across the board...
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Prices for backlist e-books will be going up, too; instead of $6, e-books of books whose print edition is currently hardcover will be $9.99, trade paperback $8.99, and mass market paperback $6.99
My understanding is that if it is an ebook only i.e. no print edition then the price will not change. But I have been known to be off on understandings. YMMV


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P.S.
A another good reason to get the bundles is that buying the bundle means that you get the ebook from 2-3 weeks before it will be on Amazon.

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Old 12-10-2012, 04:09 PM   #66
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:25 PM   #67
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I'll have to add a calendar reminder to check Baen monthly for the ebooks I want before they hit Amazon and the price goes up. I knew that the Baen web subscriptions wouldn't last forever and am grateful for all the wonderful books and authors I've discovered through it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #68
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Baen ebooks go on Amazon on December 15th 2012.

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:05 PM   #69
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Baen ebooks go on Amazon on December 15th 2012.

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Thanks. So I only need to hold out for four more days....
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:36 PM   #70
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I'm having trouble following all this. I have the CDs already. If there's a single book I want from Baen, do I buy it now, or wait, or does it matter?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:41 PM   #71
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I'm having trouble following all this. I have the CDs already. If there's a single book I want from Baen, do I buy it now, or wait, or does it matter?
If it's a single title the price *might* go up anywhere from $1-4.

The bigger pressure is for the *older* bundles: today you get 6 or more titles for $18 or less, after friday the bundle goes away and the equivalent buy goes up by $10 or more.

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:47 PM   #72
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If it's a single title the price *might* go up anywhere from $1-4.

The bigger pressure if the older bundles: today you get 6 or more titles for $10 or less, saturday the bundle goes away and the equivalent buy goes up by $10 or more.
It means that prices go up some time before the 15th. If their is a monthly bundle from December 1999-December 2012 that you want get it now, these bundles go away on the 15th at the latest.


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Old 12-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #73
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WinRAR and other archiver apps treat ISO files as if they were zips, too.
No need to burn a CD.
I tried downloading WinCDEmu and got warnings from both my Norton Internet Security and Windows when I got to the installation part so I decided against that. But I do have good old 7-Zip (I used to use it a lot but not so much anymore) and it unpacked the files with no problem. Thanks again
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #74
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I don't have an issue paying normal prices for Baen ebooks, for that matter I don't have an issue buying baen books at Amazon, I already buy the non-Baen Weber books there.

It is the end of an era and it does make me a bit sad. Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, I was reasonably active (mostly lurking, though posting some) on the Baen web board run by Arnold Bailey. At it's peak, it was a system that had several authors very active on the system, frequently posting little snippets of up coming books. It was a lot of fun. Eventually, most of the authors stopped posting (not surprising since it was a big time sink) and most of the moderator tasks were turned over to fans. It wasn't much longer before, IMPO, it became very cliquish, as many online webboards become. I pretty much stopped going to the webboard not long after Baen died.

The idea of the websubscription was one of the better ideas that I've seen over the years from the standpoint of building a customer base. One could say that Jim Baen was a true trail blazer for ebooks. It might be interesting to see how many people who were read ebooks prior the Amazon kindle, bought books from Baen. I would not be surprised if that was the number one source for legal, non public domain ebooks from 2000 to 2007.
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I'm shocked that the server has kept up. Historically, I start getting availability issues once traffic rises to over 75GB a day.

The last two days were the heaviest-trafficked days on the site in its seven and a half years: over 400GB (yes, with a G) each, the last two days (I've had whole months with less traffic than that).
Thank you so much for hosting these. I've so far been using the torrents from the site linked on your page to hopefully save you some bandwidth and if any of those torrents should fail, I've got a text file of all the iso links on your page to be adjusted accordingly for one run of wget.
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