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Old 04-27-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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Pay What You Like Ebook

Faber have released "What Price Liberty?" as a pay-what-you-like ebook (in PDF & ePub). This model has been used successfully by NIN and Radiohead on music releases.

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Download the eBook of What Price Liberty? and pay what you think is fair.

Available exclusively from April 27 until the official publication date of June 4, 2009, you can download the eBook and set your own price. How much will you pay?
http://www.whatpriceliberty.co.uk/
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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Interesting eBook. Thanks for the link!. I thought this is paying for the ebook of your liking.
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excellent find moejoe ! especially as this book appears to be available both in pdf AND (drm-free, looks like...) epub !! brilliant iniatiative. and i like the choose-your-own-price proposition. perhaps i'll have to give my "no new books" moratorium a little break if only to support the idea, especially since the book looks really interesting.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:07 PM   #4
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We have to pay before we get it. And since I don't know the author at all, how can I judge what it truly is worth to me before reading it?
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:10 PM   #5
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We have to pay before we get it. And since I don't know the author at all, how can I judge what it truly is worth to me before reading it?
No, you don't have to pay at all. There's an option for 0.00. So download, if you like, and pay later, or don't pay anything at all.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:18 PM   #6
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No, you don't have to pay at all. There's an option for 0.00. So download, if you like, and pay later, or don't pay anything at all.
That's not bad at all then. I can go back after reading and pay.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:22 PM   #7
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That's not bad at all then. I can go back after reading and pay.

Yeah, it worked really well for both Nine Inch Nails with their collaborative Niggy Tardust album, and Radiohead's In Rainbows.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:23 PM   #8
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Yeah, it worked really well for both Nine Inch Nails with their collaborative Niggy Tardust album, and Radiohead's In Rainbows.
i bought that one. i think i gave them 5£ for it.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:26 PM   #9
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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We have to pay before we get it. And since I don't know the author at all, how can I judge what it truly is worth to me before reading it?
There's a "read extract" link that has a PDF of the first 23 pages. Entire book is over 450 pages (TOC says the index starts on 449.)

It'd be nice if the excerpt were in ePub as well, but at least there's something to look at before deciding how much to pay.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:39 PM   #11
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There's a "read extract" link that has a PDF of the first 23 pages. Entire book is over 450 pages (TOC says the index starts on 449.)

It'd be nice if the excerpt were in ePub as well, but at least there's something to look at before deciding how much to pay.
i didn't even notice that, thanks for pointing it out. it seems they thought of everything.
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Sorry for being off-topic for just a moment, but is there anywhere on the forum that has details on just how to convert epub to other formats, particularly Sony's own?

I ask because I find pretty much all epub files quite unreadable on the Sony Reader, and What Price Liberty - which I just bought - surely must be the most unreadable of all. I've tried converting it through Calibre, but it's coming out a bit, er, strange. I've tried searching the forum for details, but either it's not there or I'm missing it. Anyway, back to the regular scheduled programming, as it were.
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Sorry for being off-topic for just a moment, but is there anywhere on the forum that has details on just how to convert epub to other formats, particularly Sony's own?

I ask because I find pretty much all epub files quite unreadable on the Sony Reader, and What Price Liberty - which I just bought - surely must be the most unreadable of all. I've tried converting it through Calibre, but it's coming out a bit, er, strange. I've tried searching the forum for details, but either it's not there or I'm missing it. Anyway, back to the regular scheduled programming, as it were.
Use Calibre. It has its own section.

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Sorry for being off-topic for just a moment, but is there anywhere on the forum that has details on just how to convert epub to other formats, particularly Sony's own?

I ask because I find pretty much all epub files quite unreadable on the Sony Reader, and What Price Liberty - which I just bought - surely must be the most unreadable of all. I've tried converting it through Calibre, but it's coming out a bit, er, strange. I've tried searching the forum for details, but either it's not there or I'm missing it. Anyway, back to the regular scheduled programming, as it were.
I've just had a look at the .epub I downloaded and it's fine, working TOC, readable text, front cover in place. Well put together overall (no right justification, but that's not a big thing for me).

What exactly is wrong with your copy?
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OK. Has anyone actually received a link to get the book? I chose to pay zero, so I could see if (a) I wanted to read the book (and the author was reasonably literate and (b) if I could convert the epub for the Kindle. i tried two different email addresses (both mailinator based, as I don't need more spam) and have yet to receive a link.

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