April 17th, 2002


Eric Flint on Electronic Publishing

http://www.baen.com/library/palaver6.htm is Eric Flint's discussion of the effects of the Baen Free Library on sales of the author's books. In particular, he claims (and I think I agree) that putting his books online for free has increased his profits. Very interesting...

I do agree with the Library that it is the copyright holder's prerogative to decide whether an electronic copy should be released. On the other hand, if it really is more profitable to put electronic forms up for free, as Eric Flint is claiming, then I feel less sympathetic to those clamoring for strong protections.