Boxed sets. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Readers tend to fall into either camp, I’ve found.
I’m a contrarian, myself. I don’t like series boxed sets, because they mess up the organization and archiving of my ebooks. And I like seeing all the covers for each book in the series arrayed on my reader, too.
On the other hand, it’s really hard to argue with the price, and if the publisher has done their work, then all the books are in the boxed set, including the side stories, the prequels, and all the main books.
Then, I think I would unbend and buy the boxed set, but I’d still be unhappy about not having all the covers arrayed nicely.
On the other hand (contrarian, remember?), I like collections of novels in one print edition volume. Actually, I like collections of anything in one print volume — short stories, novelettes, novellas and novels. I think it harks back to reading all three of The Lord of the Rings novels in one massive 1,000 page omnibus, which was my first introduction to fantasy and to that series, way back when I was a kid. I liked the heavy weight of the book in my hands.
However, I rarely read print anymore (not even in magazines). But I know there are many readers who still do.
In a couple of weeks’ time, I’m releasing The Indigo Reports boxed series set, and throughout the pre-order period, it’s sharply discounted.