I couldn’t find my hard copy edition of WordPress:The Missing Manual today, so I decided to go to Amazon and take a look at what it would cost to download the Kindle version. I discovered that there is now a second edition of the book, so I decided it would be well worth my while to get the latest edition.
Luckily I downloaded the sample first, and discovered that if I bought it directly from O’Reily I could have the benefit of DRM-free ebooks, multiple formats, lifetime access with free updates, and syncing of my files with Dropbox. These benefits alone sounded like a good deal even if it meant I would pay slightly more than I would with Amazon. They were offering an upgrade to anyone who purchased elsewhere for an additional $4.99. That would put the price at $24.85 if I bought from Amazon at $19.86 and then upgraded.
The cost of the O’Reily ebook was $23.99, a modest savings. However, I then I discovered that I could get a hard copy along with the digital package for just ten dollars extra, and I would even get free shipping on the book. I’m definitely going to consider purchasing directly from O’Reily on my future Missing Manual purchases.
I definitely like having the hard copy, but it is nice to have the digital copy as well.