Australian booksellers are planning to sell e-books via vouchers at physical stores. Any option that gives more e-books should be applauded, but is this really sensible?
An AAP report at ZDNet suggests that as of next year, booksellers will allow customers to purchase e-books in store; the sales process will send a download link to your email address for access at your leisure. The service is expected to activate in the first half of 2010.
With the Kindle going on sale this week for Australian customers, this seems like a timely choice (albeit a little slow on the delivery front), but to be frank it doesn’t sound that convenient. While there’s a healthy divergence in how we choose to read e-books, the fact remains that if you’re committed to electronic reading, hitting a shop to buy new books sounds unlikely. So is this a wise move or a last desperate lunge? Tell us in the comments.
Aussie ebook access opens up [ZDNet]