By David Nemeth
Some great news this week from Fahrenheit Press, if you purchase paperbacks directly from them, they will throw in the e-book version of the book as well.
💀 ANNOUNCEMENT 💀— Fahrenheit Press : Crime Fiction Publishers (@fahrenheitpress) May 29, 2019
From TODAY whenever you buy a paperback directly from our store we'll offer you the eBook version of the same book for FREE.
This isn't a limited offer - this is now OFFICIAL FAHRENHEIT POLICY.
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Wow! This is big. If you're interested in a Fahrenheit Press book, now's the time. Sure you might have to pay a few bucks in shipping, but you could do without one latte.
In a world where Amazon is viewed as a necessary evil, this is a small step to rip away their dominance.
Chris McVeigh, the publisher of Fahrenheit Press, wrote:
This has been an issue publishers have been trying to ignore for years but one that readers have been getting increasingly annoyed about. We live in a world where TV series stream in their entirety on Netflix and the rebirthing of Vinyl records has been fuelled by the inclusion of download codes in every album sleeve - publishing is looking more and more out of step with our reader's expectations. We've been thinking about doing it for a while and in the end we knew bundling the download with the paperback was the right thing to do. We gave ourselves a hard look in the mirror and we just couldn't reconcile NOT doing this.McVeigh went on to say that he hopes other publishers will join in.
We hope now that we've broken the dam other publishers will follow our lead - though I won't hold my breath. It'll take readers moving their allegiance en masse to publishers who adopt bundling to force the industry to stop the charging people twice for the same book.
I, too, am also hoping that other publishers will follow suit.
Below are some of the reactions:
I buy an LP I often get offered a digital copy of the album too. Now @fahrenheitpress are offering a digital copy of their titles if you buy the paperback. #Fahrenbundle— Grab This Book (@grabthisbook) May 29, 2019
Bravo guys. https://t.co/B5VBdnYSrC
Yes! Once again @fahrenheitpress at the vanguard of publishing. Paper, Kindle, phone, are just seen as different windows for the same reading product: today's readers don't make distinctions between reading platforms. Why should publishers? cc @BernatRuiz https://t.co/jNT6pxbIYC— Rosanna Cantavella (@cantavest) May 29, 2019
Note: I was a judge for Fahrenheit Press's "Noirville" (2018)