Matt Mason has officially released his latest book The Pirates Dilemma for free online.
Why would an author give away a book for free? Obviously it makes a lot of sense given the arguments in this particular book, but it’s true for all authors that piracy isn’t a threat, it’s an opportunity…
By treating the electronic version of a book as information rather than property, and circulating it as widely as possible, many authors such as Paulo Coelho and Cory Doctorow actually end up selling more copies of the physical version. Pirate copies of The Pirate’s Dilemma are out there online anyway, and they don’t seem to have harmed sales. My guess is they are helping. To be honest, I was flattered that the book got pirated in the first place.
Get it at http://thepiratesdilemma.com/download-the-book. (If he’d released it under a CC license I’d be adding it to the NLC’s online collection. Alas not.)
One Reply to “Get The Pirate’s Dilemma for free”
A friend sent me this link to your blog. I’ve been working on a branding campaign to give away a free book in PDF style. My goal was to get my name out in the public. So far, I’ve had about 300 downloads but the free book hasn’t generated sales on my printed book. I started the free download in March as a way to increase web traffic. The process has given me insight into the practices on the web. I continue to learn and stay open to how to reach a new reading audience. Although I cannot explain to people in a concrete way why, my gut tells me this is the wave of the future. You are on the right track.
Blessings in your endeavor,
Julie A. Carda, author
Portal to Love and Portal to Peace
http://www.JulieACarda.com (Free Book download)
Fusing the past into the present and beyond~
thought provoking paranormal romance.