Thirty years of celebrating the comic genius of Douglas Adams… On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun… Volume one in the trilogy of five
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Seriously, it's one of the best books ever... And i understand that the iPad is a fairly new thing, but.... But... Apple and the publishers have to come up with better pricing or some deals on a series of nooks like these. Now, I'm all for being green, and i don't get any printed bank statements or bills, I do everything like that online, i also rent my movies and buy my music from iTunes (i always have and always will pay for my entertainment, as it just makes sense being an artist myself), but come on, near £37 for the trilogy of five??! At that price i must say that unfortunately we're not close enough to e books replacing printed printed ones. Which is a shame really, as i think that it is the way forward, but when you can get these particular books for about £15 in print, why would you bother paying £37 for them? So all in all i just have to say that renting and buying movies and music from iTunes is hands down the most convenient thing that happened to people (not the ones that are into piracy) with an Internet connection, this iBooks thing is far from being at that stage. I look forward to when that happens, and until then I'll just read the free ones.
Also I'd like to let people know that this is only my opinion.... So no need to get angry.
Thanks for reading, and have a nice day.
Good book, bad pricing. Sort it out, Apple.
OK book, stupid prices
A few points, mostly relating to the price.
1. THHGTTG is a decent book. I'm less keen on it than many people (I personally find Terry Pratchett funnier, wittier and cleverer, but that's just personal taste), but it's good enough that I'd like to read it again. However, I already own the paperbacks of the trilogy. What possible incentive could I have to pay £7 for an electronic copy?
2. This is hardly a new book, and even if I absolutely adored it, Douglas Adams is dead. He's not going to benefit from my £7, so I'm not inclined to pay the publisher; at this price, it seems like nothing more than profiteering. It wouldn't be so bad if it were a new book from a living author. In general, digital books should be a lot cheaper than physical ones, both to encourage take-up of the format and because they cost the publishers so very much less to produce. At present, book publishers are being unjustifiably greedy in pricing ebooks.
3. I would be happy to pay £7 (for the convenience of a digital copy of books I own already) if this were the entire series in a single volume. That would be reasonable value. But £7 for just the first in the series? You must be joking.