Thursday, February 28, 2008

Get Your Beautiful Children for Free

Media Bistro reports that Random House is giving away free PDF downloads of Charles Bock's Beautiful Children here. I suspsect this is a move on the company's part to see if reader's will take to a new book medium: the online download. (A hell of a lot cheaper than firing up the old printing press, right?) Anyway, not ever being one to pass up a free book, I downloaded my copy without blinking. Will I read it? Maybe. Probably.(Possibly because the Brockster is one dangerous-looking dude.)

I'll let you know.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you seen his website? It's like the trailer for the movie version.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I'll definately download it so that I can read it. But if I like it, I'll end up buying the book. I think you are absolutely right in that Random House is testing out the market to see if ebooks will sell.

I work with a research publisher and most of our books do go online. I find electronic texts much more user-friendly when I'm performing research; however, I cannot see the trade or mass market publishers moving over to ebooks entirely. It will always remain that there is something quixotic about snuggling up with a book. I certainly don't like to snuggle up to my laptop or my kindle (if I owned a Kindle, that is).

Anonymous said...

it's definitely.