As tweeted about by Maria Schneider, Smashwords.com is encouraging authors to “give away 50%” of their books. What this means, literally, is that for many of the books offered on Smashwords.com, the reader can read about half of the book before buying it. I see this as the same as readers who “browse” through books at their local bookstore, often reading them while they enjoy a latte and scone for an hour or so, and then putting them back on the shelf (or, most times, leaving them on the cafe table to be shelved by the staff). If that’s acceptable, then why wouldn’t an author allow up to 50% of their book to be read online?
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