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.)