||Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution|
|Subject:||Good Points, but what about Baen?|
It was a very good essay, but it left out one of the success stories of internet publishing. Baen Books (www.baen.com) is a science fiction and fantasy publisher with a strong online presence. They not only have a "webscriptions" service that provides several of a current month's releases (hardcover and paperback) for $10 or so a month, but also the the "Baen Free Library" where they post some 30 or more novels for free unencryped download and redistribution. One of their latest hardcovers, "War of Honor," by David Weber contained a CD with the entire content of the ten volume series and some 30 other novels.