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Old 04-29-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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New Reader Promo: $149 at Connect

I don't know if this is a new promotion from Sony or not, but in my paper today I saw an ad for $149 worth of ebooks at Connect with a Reader purchase. The ad points to this url:

http://www.ebooks.connect.com/$149

If this is old news, I'll kill the thread. But, I decided to un-lurk in case it's new.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:47 PM   #2
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I think this is new news, thanks Matt! Looks like Sony needs to fix the url to their "classics" titles. http://ebooks.connect.com/Classics leads to 404.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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So, as a person who is still debating a Reader purchase, how are the Sony "Classics" from Connect? I'm guessing by the price they are probably just text files, but are they well-formatted, nice-to-read files?
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:35 AM   #4
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Try this link for the classics: http://ebooks.connect.com/categories/20002.html

Nice little bonus for new Reader owners.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:28 AM   #5
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I guess it depends whether the time it takes to download them from PG and tidy them up a bit is worth more to you than the $1.99 that "Connect" are charging for them .
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:42 AM   #6
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Geez man! You got me all excited with the title of the thread; I thought Sony was having a remarkable deal on the Readers, not just a stinkin "credit" for Connect. I can't believe they're trying convince people they're saving a lot on classics by purchasing them from Connect; boy are the buyers going to be ticked when they find relatively all of them are free! What a gimick! Now if the credit was not limited to $50 normal and $99.98 classics, it would be a better deal (though many of their prices are still way too high for digital content!).
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:26 AM   #7
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lol

a) sony is evil

b) publishers more so

c) and i'll bet sony's pulled this stunt just to give a big f*ck you to the publishers. it wants to see them try charging $15 for a book when every customer just received 50 free books. And not just free free, but rather as $100 in money for purchasing them. (yes, it's a subtle distinction).

kudos, sony. i still hate you though
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:46 AM   #8
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i shouldn't have said "just." Sony is also trying to acclimate readers to the idea of purchasing books. They figure if you pretend-pay them 50 times, you'll maybe start trying it with real money too.

maybe. but it's also acclimating you 50 times to getting stuff for free

probably the above's mostly a cocky answer that's given when the publishers ask why their partner is scratching his eyebrow with the wrong finger.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:55 AM   #9
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Wow guys, I guess you'd prefer they didn't give any Connect credit at all.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:30 AM   #11
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It'd have been nice for Sony to help remind us current owners how to buy books (albeit for free with regards to those classics); ah well, c'est la vie.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:40 AM   #12
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Sorry - I've just twigged what's going on. I thought earlier that the "offer" was selling these for $1.99. Just realised that they're giving people $100 of these $1.99 books for free. (I know, I'm slow ). That's GREAT as far as I'm concerned - 50 free books! What on Earth is there to complain about???
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If you like owning DRM'd stuff you're entitled to it I guess... It's no more ownership than a movie rental.
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These DRM conversations are like a loop. First someone says it's like a movie rental, then someone says so, it's free, then someone complains that it's not perceived to be a rental even though it's free, then someone says who cares about the perception, it's still free, you lose nothing, rinse repeat...
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If you like owning DRM'd stuff you're entitled to it I guess... It's no more ownership than a movie rental.
You know, after downloading a few Gutenberg Books, I'm actually thinking Sony's DRMed books are the lesser of two evils.

Have you read Gutenberg's $#@&@ license? It's idiotic! The first book I converted for the Reader wasted like 15 pages on the License... THEN it had the audacity to say "Now the Short Version" which went on another two pages! I mean, c'mon... 17 pages to say "this text is free"??

Sure you can delete the license from the book and use it in the clear, but still it's like... free isn't actually free after all!

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