Azerbaijani operator Nar Mobile has launched a joint promotion with a retail bookshop chain, Ali & Nino, according to a report. Customers who subscribe to packages from the operator’s Turbo line that include handsets or tablets will receive discounts at the bookshops. Subscribers to Nar’s Turbo S, Turbo M and Turbo L packages will get discounts of 25 percent, 30 percent and 40 percent off purchases, respectively.
We find this promotion interesting because of the fact that many tablet owners use the devices to read e-books. Encouraging the consumption of traditional print books could conceivably conflict with or even cannibalize tablet business over the long run, which would make a bookstore chain an odd choice as a promotion partner for a mobile operator selling tablets. Nonetheless, it may simply be the case that consumers in Azerbaijan are enthusiastic readers and therefore a retail book promotion is a useful way to drive subscriptions to plan packages that include various devices that will be used for a variety of purposes.