I don't know if this is a little "eating your cake and having it too," but will purchasing the POD include the .pdfs?
You mean, can you get the POD + PDF for the same price as a PDF? Unfortunately no. POD options will be available for all the individual products (IIRC - we'll see if there are snags when we post them up or not) as well as the Omnibus edition however.
I don't know the in and outs (and costs) of publishing, so it seems like it doesn't cost companies anything to do so. A lot of companies participate in Bits and Mortar, for example. If the POD and .pdfs aren't bundled, could you shed some light on the why? It helps me not feel selfish for wishing when I know the company had a reasonable financial reason. Lol.
The Spellbound is different than Bits and Mortar (which is offset, or mass printing). Rather than making a book in offset and offering the content digitally at no cost, in Spellbound we are offering the content digitally at a lower price, with an optional choice to upgrade to print if you like (POD). Each print on demand product is sent to the factory and printed on a 1 by 1 basis, printed, then sent to you. There's ink and paper and (most of all) labor on the factory's part that makes up that cost. That's why there won't be a free upgrade to POD from PDF.
However, if you buy the POD bundle of any product you will be get the PDF as a matter of course. Buying the Omnibus edition / subscription for all 12 volumes offers a substantial discount on the total content package, with all volumes individually along with the digital collection PDF and the option to get the collection in a POD volume.
Does that make sense?