Harper Collins and (fre)ebooks

A follow up from Neil Gaiman’s free ebook item – a New York Times post today suggests that Gaiman’s publisher is getting a bit serious about the fre(e) model to stimulate p-sales:

Starting Monday, readers who log on to www.harpercollins.com will be able to see the entire contents of “The Witch of Portobello” by Mr. Coelho; “Mission: Cook! My Life, My Recipes and Making the Impossible Easy” by Mr. Irvine; “I Dream in Blue: Life, Death and the New York Giants” by Roger Director; “The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President: Who the Candidates Are, Where They Come from and How You Can Choose” by Mark Halperin; and “Warriors: Into the Wild” the first volume in a children’s series by Erin Hunter. 


But it’s not all roses for fre(e) book lovers. It looks like readers will be limited to reading the Books online:


Brian Murray, president of HarperCollins, said that the free electronic editions would be available only for one month, and readers would not be able to download them to laptops or to an electronic reader like Kindle from Amazon.com. The print function will also be disabled, but readers will be able to link to retailers like Amazon.com to buy copies of the books. 


1 comment so far

  1. Doris on


    well – what people don’t know is that Harper Collins only launched this free online reading site after the bestselling author Paulo Coelho revealed his pirate coelho blog to the world during the DLD conference in Munich last January.
    I read the interveiw he gave for Newsweek and can’t help to join the dots:
    I doubt Harper Collins would have made such a move without this author’s pressure.
    Thumbs up for Pirate Coelho!

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