Do you think library books should self-destruct? Neither do I. Absurdly HarperCollins thinks their new feature will help sell more books. Tell them they’re mistaken: join Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow in signing this petition. I signed, in case that influences you. 😉
Now, the happy news. Baen has – for FREE – dozens of full-length science fiction and fantasy novels in most/all formats for download. Just go to their Free Online Library. This is not a short-time gimmick – it’s been available since October 2000! And look – testimonials from authors saying they like the idea, and that it only helps sales…
Go! Read! Try someone new, or start up a famous series that you never visited.
- Elizabeth Moon
- C.J. Cherryh
- Lois McMaster Bujold
- Mercedes Lackey
Dozens of other authors both famous and aspiring!
Baen Books is making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We’re calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached…. Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. Why are we doing this?… via Introduction – Baen Books.
Yeah, I know, I am spectacularly late to this party, but still: FREE! I am excited, can you tell? Why are you still here? Click! Go!
Back to the dark side of the coin – remember that Harper Collins wants to kill library e-books. Read more and Sign the petition.
HarperCollins …. announced recently it will sell e-books to libraries that will last only 26 reads, forcing cash-strapped libraries to purchase popular titles again and again. via teleread.com
Local-ish news on the topic (chosen by me, not a bot)
- Toronto Sun – reaction from Toronto Public Library
- Halifax decides to boycott HarperCollins – TechDirt site