Sunday, July 12, 2009

Free books

Free-For-All: Anderson, “Free” Book, Sparks a Backlash Online and Among Battered Media Industry

Maybe a glimpse into certain publishing futures.

3 comments:

Mike said...

I know of some who use Scribd, but don't post a whole work, just a taste, in hopes people will buy the full printed version.
Seems like a pretty good idea to me.

Matt DiGangi said...

I read another interersting model, akin to video rentals. The regular books comes out first, then you put out the sharply discounted ebook a few months after, so as not to cannibalize your business.

I can't figure it out.

I guess if you can put out work without having to pay royalties, anything's free game.

I seen two Kindles on the train the last two days. I mean, the best thing about that technology is that the work should be available a lot cheaper (no printing, no shipping), but Amazon is still selling books for $10 minumum.

Whichever company invents the color ereader and then bundles in books, magazines, and newspapers, that's the game-changer right there.

Mike said...

Yup. I don't think any of the readers have hit on full potential yet.

Kindle vs Sony Reader.