I went and read the extended excerpt from Coraline that you can download for free from Fictionwise, and I was hooked. Called the nearest local bookstore, but they didn't have it in stock, and Hugo votes are due tonight. So I bought the full version from Fictionwise (as a protected/"non-copyable" PDF file). I was pleased to see that Dave McKean's illustrations appear in full. It turns out to be an excellent story, scary but presumably suitable for kids (I know a couple of kids who would probably adore it, if only I can remember to get a copy to take to Boston with me and if only they don't have it already); well worth the price, though it would definitely be nice to have a hardcopy book copy to loan out to people. Still, the convenience and speed of acquiring it were pretty nifty, and it comes with some additional material that can otherwise only be found in the limited-edition hardcover. Unfortunately, the interview part of that additional material is just standard interview stuff. But it also includes some unused McKean sketches/illos, and some copies of Gaiman's notebook pages.
Of course, now I realize that I probably could've acquired a copy of the printed book from my local comic shop, which I almost even thought about stopping by on the way home from work this evening. Oh, well.
My real point (besides the fact that I liked Coraline a great deal, but I already said that) is that Fictionwise is cool.