I’m a little frustrated

Register eBooks I already own so I stop getting suggestions to buy it again.

Is there a way to register an eBook I already own? For example, I purchased the Kindle edition of the Programming Windows 6th Edition directly from Microsoft. When I keep getting suggestions to purchase eBooks that I already own, it's getting harder and harder to avoid duplicate purchases. I try to stick to books that are in Kindle format format because that helps to some degree, but I still almost re-purchased re-purchased the Programming Windows 6th Edition. I originally purchased it directly from Microsoft.
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  • I stumbled upon at least a partial answer. If you purchase an eBook available from O'Reilly from a third party, such as Microsoft Press or Amazon, you can pay an additional $4.99 to "upgrade" it. This depending on how much you paid for the eBook to begin with, taking this route might be more expensive in the long run, but there is a benefit. If you upgrade, you get all the benefits that would have come from buying it direct from O'Reilly such as lifetime access to errata and the ability to download it onto any other device in whatever format O'Reilly carries it in, instead of just whatever is offered by the original seller.

    So, I guess the best thing to do if you are considering an eBook purchase, make sure it's not available on O'Reilly for less. I could have gotten the Programming Windows book for less had I waited a couple of weeks and used the O'Reilly discount email instead of buying direct from Microsoft.
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  • Hello Bryan,

    That's a great hack, and you're right. Going through the upgrade will provide you w/ all those benefits, as well as an upgrade offer if and when we publish a new edition of the book. Keep in mind that the cost of the upgrade drives up the price you paid, so you may want to purchase from us directly in the first place.

    Regardless, thanks for your business and your comment.

    --Allen
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    I had purchased that Programming Windows book direct from Microsoft Press via a 50% discount code my boss shared with me. At the time I had no idea that it was available through O'Reilly. Had I known that and was aware of the upgrade option I probably would have checked the O'Reilly store and compared prices with all relevant discounts and the possible upgrade cost included.

    I try to keep all my eBooks in a single location, and lets face it, for a Kindle it's hard to beat the Amazon system where it keeps your reading position in sync between each device as long as it has an internet connection. You can be reading a book on the Kindle, then pick up in the same place with the Kindle app on your phone and then later on your desktop computer. So I typically use the Amazon "Send to Kindle" app with archiving turned on ASAP so the books are easily available from any Kindle app on whatever device is most convenient at the time.
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