(“Sell-through” refers to the percentage of copies shipped which
are actually sold, as opposed to being returned to the publisher.)
As of today, according to Baen Books—a year and a half after being
available for free online to anyone who wants it, no restrictions
and no questions asked—Mother of Demons has sold about
18,500 copies and now has a sell-through of 65%.
I would like someone to explain to me how almost doubling the sales
and improving the sell-through by 11% has caused me, as an author,
Good, solid evidance that making a book (or perhaps, by extention, a
song perhaps? hint hint) available freely, in electronic
format, does not hurt sales and may actually increase
sales. It still is easier to read a hard copy-dead tree version of a book
in the bathroom (aka “reading room”) and not everyone likes reading for
extended periods of time on the computer (me? I'm used to it).
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