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  Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   Good Points, but what about Baen?
Date:   2002-12-12 12:07:47
From:   anonymous2
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.

Baen books are doing their best to prove the accuracy of your thesis.

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  • Tim O'Reilly photo Good Points, but what about Baen?
    2002-12-12 17:02:56  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    You know, I keep meaning to get together with Jim Baen when I'm next in NY. I agree that they are a pioneer in this space. And unlike many O'Reilly books, science fiction isn't driven by some external force (i.e. I REALLY need to find out how to make FOO work, so is there a book on Foo?) but solely by marketing, so my thesis applies even more strongly over there.