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Old 01-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Baen Ebooks coming to iBooks

Baen will be in the Apple walled garden shortly.

Baen soon coming to iBooks, finally posts announcements of changes to web site


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Old 01-25-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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I may not agree with some of Baen's decisions and their books may now be outside my impulse buy range (but that is less of an issue considering the vast back catalogue I've left to read), I do think Baen need to be given a lot more slack than many other publishers.

Why? Because they've been pro DRM free for as long as I can remember. If changes are needed to keep the company running but they remain pro DRM free I'll get over whatever those changes are and I hope others do too.
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I may not agree with some of Baen's decisions and their books may now be outside my impulse buy range (but that is less of an issue considering the vast back catalogue I've left to read), I do think Baen need to be given a lot more slack than many other publishers.

Why? Because they've been pro DRM free for as long as I can remember. If changes are needed to keep the company running but they remain pro DRM free I'll get over whatever those changes are and I hope others do too.

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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There's an invitation on Baen's site to send an email to "pr@baen.com" if you missed out on buying any of the Baen bundles as a result of these unannounced changes. I've just done so, and Baen have very kindly refunded me the purchase price of the books that I bought separately as a consequence of missing the January bundle. Very good customer service!
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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Putting their books on Kindle, iBooks, and other ebookstores is a good and necessary step for their long term survival. The added visibility will be vital.
That said, smart shoppers will still buy from their Website even for single titles.
Multi-format >> single format even with DRM-free ebooks.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #6
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That said, smart shoppers will still buy from their Website even for single titles.
Multi-format >> single format even with DRM-free ebooks.
And they won't need to pay Amazon's or Apple's 30%+ commission.
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And they won't need to pay Amazon's or Apple's 30%+ commission.
Looks to me like the prices are the same whether you buy from Amazon or Baen.
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Looks to me like the prices are the same whether you buy from Amazon or Baen.
Sorry, I was referring to Baen themselves paying the commission.
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Looks to me like the prices are the same whether you buy from Amazon or Baen.
The prices maybe the same but the profits for Baen will be different.
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And they won't need to pay Amazon's or Apple's 30%+ commission.
I believe their deal with Amazon is wholesale-style.
But, yes: given that I have to pay a higher price anyway, I'd rather the extra go to the writers and a publisher that doesn't tick me off.
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Putting their books on Kindle, iBooks, and other ebookstores is a good and necessary step for their long term survival. The added visibility will be vital.
That said, smart shoppers will still buy from their Website even for single titles.
Multi-format >> single format even with DRM-free ebooks.
It would not surprise me if Kobo Books was next. I agree, for visibility it is good for Baen. Myself personally, regardless of multi formats, I still buy direct from Baen. I prefer to give them the entire proceeds, and with Kindle sync for personal docs, makes no sense for me to buy from Amazon.
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Getting their ebooks on as many outlets as possible just makes sense. The pricing issue is just a fact of life. I'll still buy at their website, but I do that for any author that sells their own work at their own site.
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