It's kind of an interesting concept for publishers to give out free electronic copies of a book before it's published. Probably won't cut down into sales, at least no more than sending out ARCs that later make their way onto eBay and used bookstores, and might generate some additional buzz for the book, at least on blogs and discussion groups. Of course if all publishers were doing this it would quickly lead to reader fatigue as people load up dozens of ultimately unread manuscripts on their hard drives.
Jason, if you can, let us know how this works out--how many downloads you end up with, and whether your publisher thinks this helps with the release.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...> wrote:
> Jason, I'm going to skip the .pdf because 1). I struggle reading fiction off
> computer screens, and 2). You know me, I'm already pre-sold on your
> books...I don't need a teaser. :-) Am very much looking forward to handing
> over $$ to my local bookseller for a copy of it in book form. Best of
> success with this new title.
> Ron C.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com
> > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of crimeflix
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:43 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Free electronic edition .pdf of PANIC
> > ATTACK by Jason Starr now available
> > Jeff, LOL, though I was able to save it and email it to my
> > Kindle, so at least there's that.
> > If anyone is having trouble opening it this is a direct link
> > to registration page...
> > http://us.macmillan.com/smp/promo/panicattack
> > Once you register, it's emailed to you (check your spam, just
> > in case) Lastly, try to open it in Internet Explorer rather
> > than another browser, and make sure you have the latest
> > version of Adobe Reader (it's a free download) Most people
> > have received it easily, even outside the U.S.
> > Thanks everybody for the interest in the book Cheers, J
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