Why is an Orielly ebook dearer than buying a print version from Amazon. for example the 2nd edition of Mining the Social Web is 35.99 on Orielly as an ebook but only $30.99 on Amazon as a print book.
I'd love to have all my ebooks on orielly but to pay more for an ebook to do so seems flawed.
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We can't control prices on amazon. As w/ any supermarket or large retailer, they have a very large catalog of products on offer, some of which will be loss leaders to bring you in the door. With that said, we also have a number of offers that compete quite well w/ amazons, such as our ongoing Buy 2, Get 1 Free, as well as a number of very special member's only discounts and upgrades that you'll see once you create an account on oreilly.com. Beyond that we have our daily 50% off Deal of the Day which you can sign up to receive in your email inbox each morning, as well as several weekly promos, such as this one that features two of our latest data titles.
Beyond that there's our unique ebook offering. All our ebooks are DRM-free, are available in several formats which you can download to all your devices. You get lifetime access to your ebooks, as well as free updates. Our ebook platform includes easy sycing w/ your Dropbox, Kindle, or Google Drive accounts, and we have some compelling new features in the works.
But at the end of the day we're grateful you're considering O'Reilly, and you should purchase where you're most comfortable doing so.
And one more thing. There's also our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give one of our ebooks and our platform a try. If you're not satisfied we'll give you a full refund, and you can keep the book.