Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Off the Shelf

Ran across Cory Doctorow's website today (Doctorow is the Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-editor of the blog Boing-Boing). I read most of this short story collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. So now I see that you can download his two novels from his website (which I have now done). There are some very interesting discussions on the site about freely distributing his books, the effect on sales, the Creative Commons license under which the books are distributed and other good stuff. He maintains (as I have about music) that file sharing does as much to promote purchase of books and CDs as it does to discourage it - certainly it helps to have a popular website like BoingBoing to help publicize, but still... I've downloaded both novels in Microsoft Reader format (also available in HTML, PDF, ASCII and pretty much any other format you could want) - I'll let you know what I think when I've read them. And I'll let you know if it prompts me to buy a copy of either!

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