Penguin Grabs Stack of eBooks, Waddles Out of OverDrive Lending Service

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Bad Kharma

Just another company whose products I won't be purchasing.

 

The Baen Free Library is one of the best book schemes that I have ever come across. They give you a book or two from a series and hook you so that you go out and buy the remaining ones in the series. I have even purchased hard copies of the books that I have read as ebooks. I will remain a big fan of Baen because of this. What surprises me is that other publishers never tried this. From what I can tell, Baen has a pretty loyal following. The other thing that they do is sell the ebooks at a lower price than the hard copies to distinguish the difference in costs of production of the two different media.

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Eoraptor

money. Why give stuff to libraries for free when they can charge for them instead?

really, is there any other reason? can you imagine if there had been a mocrochip or mechanical page-turn counter back in the day which made physical books self-destruct after being read X number of times? because I'll bet that idea was floated more than once at the big publishing houses too as a way to make people pay for things more often. (planned obselescense anyone?)

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