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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.


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.