Okay, so you want to buy OS X Lion, but it’s only going to be available via Apple’s Mac App Store (for US$29.99) yet you, greedy little you, want a disc for backup, booting, etc.?

Egg Freckles has posted an easy step-by-step walkthrough about how this will work, so you can stop worrying:

1. Purchase and download Lion from the Mac App Store on any Lion compatible Mac running Snow Leopard.
2. Right click on “Mac OS X Lion” installer and choose the option to “Show Package Contents.”
3. Inside the Contents folder that appears you will find a SharedSupport folder and inside the SharedSupport folder you will find the “InstallESD.dmg.” This is the Lion boot disc image we have all been waiting for.
4. Copy “InstallESD.dmg” to another folder like the Desktop.
5. Launch Disk Utility and click the burn button.
6. Select the copied “InstallESD.dmg” as the image to burn, insert a standard sized 4.7 GB DVD, and wait for your new Lion Boot Disc to come out toasty hot.

Egg Freckles reports, “With this disc you can boot any Lion compatible Mac, and install 10.7 just like you installed previous version of Mac OS X. You can even use Disk Utility’s Restore function to image your Lion boot disc image onto a external drive suitable for performing a clean install on a optical-drive-less MacBook Air, or Mac mini server.”

More info in the full article here.

[Attribution: ModMyi. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Kerrigore" for the heads up.]