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by Mike Masnick


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books, free, marta acosta

Companies:
tor



Author Puts Novel Online For Free... And Gets A Book Deal

from the but-free-never-works dept

alex was the first of a few of you to send over the story of how author Marta Acosta posted her "young adult vampire novel" online for free at Scribd, where it became a top download with tons of great reviews... and that helped her get a book deal with Tor, who will be publishing the book in hardcover shortly. Once again, another example of how "obscurity" is a bigger problem than "piracy" for most content creators.

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Jul 2010 @ 5:30pm

    Re: "from the but-free-never-works dept"

    What people have argued against is your business model where all digital property should be free.

    Um. But I've never argued that all digital "property" should be free. It's got nothing to do with "should."

    will the increased audience from the free exposure make up for the loss of profits from selling the digital property. In many instances I don't believe the extra exposure would make up for the losses.

    It's not the "extra exposure" that makes up for the losses. It's a good business model.

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