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Old 04-24-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Is $80 normal for an omnibus?

The ebook collection consists of 13 novels including bonus material. I've never bought a collection in ebook form so I don't know what they're usually priced at. Have you ever bought a collection that costs that much or close to that amount?
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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I would say that it is a little pricy.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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Jean Plaidy's Complete Tudors ebook omnibus is $100.99.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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I would say that though it sounds a little pricey, it all depends on what the books are and how much they would cost seperately.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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13 novels for $80 is $6.15 or so per book. So whether it's a deal or not depends on the original pricing of each individual novel.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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The ebook collection consists of 13 novels including bonus material. I've never bought a collection in ebook form so I don't know what they're usually priced at. Have you ever bought a collection that costs that much or close to that amount?
That is $6.16 per novels, so are the novels worth that to you individually? My rule of thumb for these types of collections, is the price of the collection discounted 20% or more off the price of buying all the ebooks individually.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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Is $80 normal for an omnibus?

One costs $3.41 the rest are $6 each.

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Old 04-24-2013, 12:24 PM   #8
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One costs $3.41 the rest are $6 each.
Then it's very overpriced. For a bundle of thirteen ebooks of that sort of individual price, I'd be unhappy paying more than $60.

But perhaps the extras are incredibly important to you. In which case, perhaps the extra cost is worth it to you over the individual books prices.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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then unless you want the convenience (dubious) of an omnibus, it's cheaper to buy the books as individuals.

I don't like omnibus volumes - if I want to read a specific book, it's hard to find it.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:50 PM   #10
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seems a bit pricey. A quick look at Amazon shows most omnibus priced under $5.00 for 3 books, and less than half the price of individual purchases, although there are exceptions.

I prefer individual books myself, as I can be fickle at times
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your opinions. I'm going to buy each book individually as it's much cheaper that way and I decided the bonus material isn't that important for me to have.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #12
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then unless you want the convenience (dubious) of an omnibus, it's cheaper to buy the books as individuals.

I don't like omnibus volumes - if I want to read a specific book, it's hard to find it.
Yeah, I don't like omnibuses for e-books - the books are treated like chapters; the "furthest read" functionality doesn't work unless you read the books in order; and searches search the entire omnibus (which might be helpful for academic purposes, but which is less helpful for things like "who is this guy again?")
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Some omnibuses seem to be thrown together, especially ebooks. Good idea to go for the separate volumes.
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Thanks everyone for your opinions. I'm going to buy each book individually as it's much cheaper that way and I decided the bonus material isn't that important for me to have.
If you do want them together you could do what I do and use the EpubMerge
plugin with calibre. There is a lot you can do to customize your new merged
book, right in calibre. 13 books is quite a lot I haven't done one that big,
but I have made some of 5 or 6 books.

[Edit; I did do the Flinx and Pip series of 12 books.]

Luck;
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The only reason I buy an omnibus is because they're usually cheaper than buying individual volumes. Even then, I just disinfect the omnibus and divide it into individual epubs via Calibre+EpubSplit. If the individual books are cheaper, then I'd rather buy those from the get go.
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