Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Freeing the Book

Publisher Thomas Nelson is "freeing the book" on a few of their upcoming titles. Anyone who buys one of these NelsonFree titles will also get free access online to downloadable audio and e-book versions, includnig EPub, MobiPocket and PDF formats.

The first two NelsonFree titles appear later this month: Scott McKain's Collapse of Distinction and Michael Franzese's I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse. Ten more titles will appear during the rest of the year.

Joel Miller, publisher of Nelson's business and culture division, explains the thinking behind the new program:
The book is, in a sense, trapped by its format, and so is the consumer--locked into choosing one format over another or shelling out scarce funds for the same book in different wrappers. By freeing the book we free the reader to get greater use and enjoyment of our titles.
Personally, I think this is a great idea. Read the hefty hardcover when you're at home, and switch to the audio format for your commute. If your reading is interrupted by airplane travel, no problem. Just switch to your portable e-reader. At the end of the day, you'll still have that nice hardcover reading experience to look forward to when you get home. Shelf Awareness has the full story.

1 comment:

Zibilee said...

This is an interesting concept. I like the idea and hope that more titles become available shortly. Thanks!