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Old 04-12-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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The Book Depository launches an Ebookstore

I've just had a general email from them saying they've launched their ebook store. I think they did have some free ebooks before, but now apparently they have over 340000 to buy. I've not yet had a look at their selection, but that's what I'm off to do now.

Relevant bit of the site is here: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/category/3390/eBooks

Given they joined MR last year, I'm surprised we've not heard anything from them directly about this!

(Disclaimer: I have no link to the company except as a very happy customer of theirs for physical books)
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:22 AM   #2
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Nate the Great, on his blog site, questions the number of e-book titles they have in there. I'd like to hear them address Nate's query.

I took a quick look... no comment. I noticed they had 10 Arthur C. Clarke e-books, 10 paperbacks, and no Childhood's End.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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Had a quick look, checking a couple of UK authors they are very expensive!! in one case twice the price of the paperback which included free delivery from play.com.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #4
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Uhm ... wtf?

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97% off. €1,61. Save €71,08
Look it: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...e-Wicked-Dance
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:16 PM   #5
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That's a great discount on a overpriced book.
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Dragonheart: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9...34/Dragonheart
ebook from The Book Depository: $30.39
pbook from Amazon: $7.99 MM, $17.82 HC
ebook from Amazon: $6.39 (Kindle)

There is something other than legitimate going on here, IMHO.

P.S. Do I even want to know how an ebook can be out of stock?
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:30 PM   #7
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Finally managed to get a look at the ebooks, and I have to say I'm very disappointed in their pricing. They still beat Amazon (at least in the UK), on the pbooks I checked; but doing a quick check on some ebooks and even Waterstones have them beaten on price.

(And I have no idea how an ebook can be out of stock, unless they're still negotiating/renegotiating with the publisher. I have seen it elsewhere (on Penguin's own site, I think))
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:34 PM   #8
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:01 PM   #9
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This reminds me of those commercials that say "A $100 value, yours for just $19.95!"
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:21 PM   #10
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I looked up Alastair Reynolds - and they were listed as 'Out of Stock' - not sure if this is because I can't buy them here, or they just don't have them.

Anyone else?
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:27 AM   #11
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All Stephen King eBooks show as "out of stock". I've sent them an e-mail to ask why.
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What I found odd was that some Terry Pratchett books were "out of stock", some were available.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:07 AM   #13
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It's definitively weird : weird "out-of-stock" message of digital items, weird pricing policy...
Let's wait and see...
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:14 AM   #14
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Anyone else notice bookdepository.co.uk stocking ereaders? The price comes up automatically for Australian dollars for us Aussies, and I tell you, the prices are very very nice. Just an example, a Sony PRS-300 comes in at $248AUS, to buy from an Australian seller (imported and resold) is $465AUS.
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Thanks for the post, Am. I will look carefully to see if they have some of the many titles I'm looking for. At first glance, I see lots of......erm......"romance" books.
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