by Mike Masnick

Some Authors Are Understanding The Power Of Electronic Books

from the slowly,-but-surely dept

While some authors and publishers are freaking out over the possibility of electronic copies of books somehow driving them out of business, at least a few authors are embracing the concept. The latest is Warren Adler, the author of The War of the Roses and 26 other books. His latest book, however, is going to be self-published for free online. He'll email you the latest copies from his website apparently. Rather than fearing the new technology, Adler is embracing it. He thinks that e-books will catch on, and sees no reason not to push forward in that space. He's hoping that people who read this new novel will go out and buy copies of his older novels -- which, he's conveniently planning to sell on flash memory cards as well. Update: In somewhat related news, it looks like Amazon is launching a new service to let people download exclusive "short" written content for $0.49 a story. Not sure how well this experiment will work out, as some people may wonder whether the content is even worth that much as a download, but at least some authors are willing to experiment with digital content.

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  1. identicon
    JCR, Aug 22nd, 2005 @ 8:30am

    Professional Publishing

    You may want to check out

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    Dan, Aug 22nd, 2005 @ 10:25am


    Fictionwise has been selling short stories for a while now. It seems to be working for them. They also have some free e-books

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    Mike (profile), Aug 22nd, 2005 @ 10:31am

    Re: Fictionwise

    Lulu, Fictionwise and others (including Cafe Press) have all been selling things like this for a while. What's *different* about these offerings is the level of the authors involved. It's understandable why a first time author might try these things to get some more publicity, but these are best-selling well-known authors getting into the game. That's bigger news.

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    Lee, Aug 22nd, 2005 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Fictionwise

    Also has been distributing SF books for some time now. Nice thing is they have no DRM.

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  5. identicon
    Duncan Long, Jun 13th, 2008 @ 3:13pm

    Under the radar

    Actually a large number of publishers are already offering ebooks -- they've set up business "under the radar" with little notice from large publishers.

    And we're making money at it :o)

    Check out where I offer my books for free, and am seeing a nice profit as well!

    It works, and the reader has a genuine, free ebook in PDF format to keep and read and enjoy for as long as they like.

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