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Old 11-30-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Exclamation Baen Free Library Changes/Updated Includes Monthly Baen Bundles!!

Toni Weisskopf--the publisher of Baen Books--just posted this in her forum at Baen's Bar:



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When we do go live on third party platforms (and it is a when now, not an if), we'll have to make some changes to the Baen Free Library. I suggest everyone backup whatever they've got now and spread the word, as there will be titles we have to take down. We'll be keeping as many as possible and will continue adding new titles as practical.

--Toni
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Toni has released more information - there will be a move to a new system and some titles/authors are being removed from the Free Library:

"When we do go live on third party platforms (and it is a when now, not an if), we'll have to make some changes to the Baen Free Library. I suggest everyone backup whatever they've got now and spread the word, as there will be titles we have to take down. We'll be keeping as many as possible and will continue adding new titles as practical."

System conversions always have risk, even when you try to minimize it, back up your files, folks.

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12/07/2012

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We'll also be restoring as many titles as possible to the BFL*. We are preparing Second Editions of many of the works, with additional material, that will be offered for sale. The First Editions without the added material will be in the Free Library. Slowly, slowly it all comes together.

--Toni

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The way third party platforms work is that if a work is offered anywhere else for a lower price, they will automatically reduce their price to match this. This includes books offered for free as promotions. So the choice is never be able to sell a book anywhere, or remove the book from the free library. We have selected a third way. See previous post in re: second editions and first editions.

--Toni
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12/07/2012

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Just so; we are trying to avoid that automated process.

In re: discount monthly bundles—one of the results of our negotiations is that we will be able to continue offering these. They will be available only from the Baen site, as will eARCs. But once the books are published in print, they will also go up to third parties as individual titles, and the discount bundles will *poof* disappear. This was the closest I could get to having our cake and eating it too (i.e. making available our titles to the largest possible audience—something our writers want and deserve).

--Toni
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I should also add as part of this process we are taking our ebook royalties and improving the author’s share by 25%.--Toni
Update IV:

Toni said this about the Monthly Baen Bundles:

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This is going to be happening very soon, days rather than months. So get ‘em while they are hot.--toni
Soon--I say sometime next week--the only bundles will be the ones that are not yet in the book stores as print editions.

So if their are Monthly Baen Bundles that you want, buy now.


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Old 12-01-2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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I noticed there are fewer books in the free library. Lucky I grabbed them all before they were taken off!

So I gather that Baen is making their books available on other stores? Hopefully they will be available on the Kobo store, then I can just buy them there with Chapters gift cards instead of having to send a money order to Baen.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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I noticed there are fewer books in the free library. Lucky I grabbed them all before they were taken off!

So I gather that Baen is making their books available on other stores? Hopefully they will be available on the Kobo store, then I can just buy them there with Chapters gift cards instead of having to send a money order to Baen.
Google Play has been rumored to be one of the stores.

I use a prepaid debit card.

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Old 12-01-2012, 10:21 AM   #4
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I have read 2 of the free books (first 2 in the Honor Harrington series) and I have purchased 1 from them. All safely reside in Calibre on my computer.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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I have been buying from Baen for a good many years now.
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I have read 2 of the free books (first 2 in the Honor Harrington series) and I have purchased 1 from them. All safely reside in Calibre on my computer.
It's a good start.
If you like the Harrington books, try WITH THE LIGHTNINGS and LT. LEARY COMMANDING.
The Harrington books started out as a space opera version of Horatio Hornblower, and the RCN series are a space opera version of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Both are a lot of fun.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:23 PM   #7
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It's a good start.
If you like the Harrington books, try WITH THE LIGHTNINGS and LT. LEARY COMMANDING.
The Harrington books started out as a space opera version of Horatio Hornblower, and the RCN series are a space opera version of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Both are a lot of fun.
I just can't get into the Harrington books, but the RCN series is really good (though Adele is a twit). Sort of an Aubrey/Maturin series in space. Think I'm up to #6 or #7 in the series.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #9
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Can anyone offer further suggestions on what they enjoyed and we should grab from the Baen Free Library while we can?
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I love the Honor Harrington series. You can get the first 2 free at Baen.

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Interstellar Patrol byChristopher Anvil
Great Kings War by Roland Green and John F. Carr. This is a sequel to H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.
Anything by David Drake (and there is a lot)
Anything by Eric Flint including Mother of Demons.
Rats, Bats and Vats by David Freer.
Harold by David Freedman
Retif by Keith Laumer
Narch Up Country by David Weber and John Ringo
The Telzy and Trigger books by James H. Schmitz
Oath of Swords and War Gods Own by David Weber
Crusade by David Weber and Steve White
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The David Weber books would be my recommendation as well.
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I love the classics! Get the Keith Laumer, James H. Schmitz, Christopher Anvil, etc.

But (and I have no inside info here) as older titles these may be safe for the future. Still, it doesn't take much time to download them to a little flash drive. Just to be safe.
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