“Bits and Mortar is fantastic. We were very pleased to pilot parts of this program, and believe in it a ton. Working hand in hand with our publishing partners, we are better able than ever to actually share a customer base, rather than compete for it. I specifically have had people bring books up to the counter because they knew they would have a PDF waiting for them in the mailbox by the time they got home. I don’t know why any store wouldn’t want to take part in the program.“
EndGame, Oakland Ca.
Bits and Mortar is a pro-retailer, pro-brick-and-mortar, pro-PDF, pro-ebook initiative backed by several tabletop game and fiction publishers (find out who). We love real, physical brick and mortar game and book stores, and we want to see them survive — and thrive — even as the digital content options for traditional publishing become more prevalent.
Plenty of customers out there want the best of both worlds. They want the easy portability of an ebook, and the lasting durability of one made out of paper, glue, and ink. They want to be able to support their favorite local stores, and they want to be able to support their favorite publishers. The Bits and Mortar initiative is all about making sure they don’t have to choose one or the other. We want them to choose both, every time.
Here’s What We Offer
- If a customer buys a book published by a Bits & Mortar publisher (see the list of publishers here) from their local game or book store, and that book is available online as a combined print and PDF bundle, we will give them the PDF at no additional charge. It’s a free value-add and a thank you from the publisher for supporting their local store.
- Better yet, we will make it possible for that local store to give the PDF to the customer directly, keeping the sale completely “in house”.
- This extends to sales made by that local store on their online webstore, if there is any, so long as those sales are not discounted—after all, we’re here to make sure that specialty gamestores are kept as healthy as possible!
- When a B&M publisher has a product up for preorders online, offering a free PDF for those who preorder, we will work with retail stores to provide that same offer in-store. Your customers won’t have to choose between getting access to something early online and supporting their favorite store — they’ll get to do both in one place.
Interested? Read more on how to sign up.