Originally Posted by HarryT
You can afford a PC to read this message on, and a reading device to read books on, but you're not willing to pay authors for their work in writing the books you enjoy? That's a curious state of affairs. Personally I'm happy to buy the books I read, because by doing so I'm giving those authors the means to carry on writing.
It may seem odd, but if the giveaways do count as sales (as one previous poster mentioned) then the authors are getting paid. It's Baen that's footing the bill.