March 5th, 2009 | brainjuice
Massively random thing that I’m just trying to get down on the screen so I can see it properly:
So Wil Wheaton released his new book SUNKEN TREASURE as a POD book. And it was doing fine. And it occurred to him that, hey, maybe people would like it as an ebook. He only had the ability to do it as PDF, but, what the fuck, he decided to give it a go and priced it at USD $5 a pop. No DRM.
In 48 hours, he’d sold as many PDFs as he’d sold print versions in the previous four weeks.
Print sales in the last 48 hours have been better than print sales in the last 5 days.
People bought it as a PDF, liked it, and decided they wanted a print copy for the house.
The thing that caught my eye about the Unbook was the idea of accepting a book as a version: an evolving beast that spits out periodic iterations of itself before crawling away to mutate some more. And it occurred to me today that that actually ties into the idea of the Battle Weapon — the 12-inch released to test new experiments in music (more commonly known as dubplates these days).
(See also "short fiction as the club scene," short/flash fiction as the dubplate)
Paid-PDF as a Battle Weapon? A v0.9 release of a book or collection of ideas? Not quite the "electronic Advance Reading Copy" that people like Baen release in digital formats, maybe — but it could be. It could also be much more beta than that. Novelettes and bags-of-notes. Who knows? Let it mutate.
Just as I was writing this? A blog entry from Simon Reynolds pops up in the side window. Relevant part:
the blog for Kevin Pearce’s new e-zine Your Heart Out, which he will send to you in PDF form if you ask nicely and you can print out if you so choose (a crafty fusion of the possibilities of the internet with the tangibility/cherishablity of the old-style fanzine, eh?)
I will therefore invoke Papernet here to preserve the search string.