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Old 12-02-2012, 08:59 AM   #16
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Thanks a lot for sharing this information! I'm a long-time Baen customer, but never completely explored the free library.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:25 AM   #17
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Thanks a lot for sharing this information! I'm a long-time Baen customer, but never completely explored the free library.
In you haaven't yet, check out the BAEN CD section at the Fifth Imperium website. They too carry Baen promos and freebies.
A good way to get into their various ongoing series...
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The Mercedes Lackey books are good too...geared toward young adult. If you like the fantasy genre, pick them up while they are free. Shortened URL deleted by moderator

My apologies...here is the full URL.
http://www.baenebooks.com/s-68-merce...utmk=215517844

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Old 12-02-2012, 10:53 AM   #19
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:01 AM   #20
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I would like to take a moment to express my thanks to baen for providing a free library. I think the free library gives authors an oportunity to make use of King Camp Gilette's Loss Leader concept by providing the first in a series for nothing, to get potential customers hooked on your books, then charging for the remainder. I just wish all of their authors had one book in the free library.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #21
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The Mercedes Lackey books are good too...geared toward young adult. If you like the fantasy genre, pick them up while they are free. Shortened URL deleted by moderator
And could the moderator provide the full URL please?

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #22
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And could the moderator provide the full URL please?

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Just go to the Baen site http://baenebooks.com... or Fifth Imperium http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com... just Google for location... not difficult at around 1min total

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:38 AM   #23
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I just wish all of their authors had one book in the free library.
To be honest, if everybody did it (especially at a single site) the value of the effort would diminish.

The Free Library has served many purposes since its founding but one of the bigger ones is building up the BAEN brand. For years and years they've built up a lot of goodwill for the publisher as well as the authors as well as promoting specific series. It makes *them* special.

Otherwise...
"If everybody is special, then *nobody* is special."
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:33 AM   #24
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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.
Well! I don't believe I've ever been so wrong so fast!

They were still there when I posted, but now it looks like they're gone.
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And could the moderator provide the full URL please?

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:50 AM   #26
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Thanks. Looks like if you subscribe to a thread only new messages trigger a notification, not edits to an existing one.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:29 AM   #27
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Well! I don't believe I've ever been so wrong so fast!

They were still there when I posted, but now it looks like they're gone.
It looks like almost everything is gone. Even the books just added this year.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:34 AM   #28
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It looks like almost everything is gone. Even the books just added this year.

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Looks like a lot was removed. David Weber used to have several books on the Free Library. Now there are only 2.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:35 AM   #29
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As people have been discovering for the last few days, the contents of this archive site has recently changed.

For ten years now, Baen has seen fit to provide free teaser/sampler CDs with many of its first edition hardbacks. They have been - and still should be - applauded for making much of their material available as no-cost samplers. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many, many first-time readers have been swayed into buying Baen books due to having read something from one of the free CDs.

Baen is now on the verge of launching a new ebook distribution deal with an 'unnamed third-party'.

This third-party regularly crawls the web looking for ebooks it markets and, if found, matches their price to the new-found lower price.

Finding it free tends to knock the wind out of the ebook's sales (so to speak).

In a lot of ways, my personal belief is that Baen has now come to the conclusion that the free CDs are an experiment which has run its course.

After trading emails with Toni, I was going to retire the entire site (and may yet do so, depending on further events), but as an experiment, she's agreed to a compromise solution whereby only the directly browseable versions of the CD contents are no longer available.

Deleting those directories broke hundreds of remote links into my site.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience. It is rather nice to have the readable versions directly accessible from the web.

The full CD ISO files are, for the time being, still available, though.

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