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Suvudu Free Library

Random House have started the Suvudu Free Library in which they are giving away the first book in some of their older series for free. The format is PDF.

This month there is Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars which I own in hardcover (well I own all the Mars books in hardcover) but I still grabbed it as it is far nicer to search, Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, Harry Turtledove’s Settling Accounts: Return Engagements, Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon (which was called Temeraire in the UK), and finally T.A. Pratt’s Blood Engines.

Whilst not all these books are to my tastes I think it does bode extremely well for SF & Fantasy fans. Tor launched their tor.com site last year with a similar deal and have since made Emma Bull’s War For The Oaks and Will Shetterly’s Dogland available. Using a first taste is free approach seems very sensible marketing for a series and maybe even for an author. Producing very cheap unencumbered ebook editions of the back-list also seems a simple thing to do (once you have the ebook production line set up) – they are currently earning no money for either publisher or author when they sit out of print, selling them for a quid each online could benefit everyone.

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Books, Science Fiction | Leave a comment