Aug 08 2011

Hey, You Guys Know You Can Read My Book For Free, Right?

I should have posted this sooner. If anyone wants to read my book and is to cheap to pay for it, I made a free PDF version available a few months ago. Seriously, I did it because I was really frustrated by Jon Stewart’s interview of David Barton back in May, and got up one morning shortly after that and just decided to give the book away for free. The result of my book giveaway was lots of people downloading the free version — so many, in fact, that I had to increase the bandwidth limit on my website — but I also had my second best month ever for Kindle version sales. (The only month that was better than that was last July, after I was on Olbermann about Glenn Beck’s online university, Beck U.)

Here’s the link to my post explaining why I decided to give the book away, and here’s the link to the free PDF version, so go read it.


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    Downloaded it those couple of months ago. Quite a generous gift, thanks!

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    I downloaded it when you first put the PDF up. Thank you very much.

    I also want to thank you, along with the rest of MMRF for the work done to stop the ‘missiles for Christ’ instruction for Air Force launch officers. As an enlisted Airman I worked security at missile sites. Many of the launch officers were young impressionable men, not long out of college, so indoctrinated they would only talk with us enlisted about items pertinent to their duties in short clipped sentences. I suppose they feared greeting us with a “good morning” meant they were ‘fraternizing with the troops.’

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    Non-Biblical Paul

    That is very generous of you! What a great thing to do in these times when many public libraries are closing due to lack of adequate funding.

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    I’ve got to admit that I was unaware of the book until someone linked to the announcement about you giving it away, whereupon I bought the Kindle version, on the grounds that your effort should be rewarded. So, yeah, I can understand that spike in Kindle sales.

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    Chris Rodda

    Yeah, moggie, that seems to be what happened. A lot of people didn’t know there was a book like mine out there, but once they found out that there was they wanted to both read it and support my work, so they went and bought it even though they could get it for free. But, I also got a lot of emails from students and people who for whatever reason don’t have money right now to spend on books, thanking me for making a free version available. So, it all ended up working out great. People who could buy it were buying it, and people who couldn’t were downloading the free version. And, the big surge in Kindle sales gave me the money to be able to take some unpaid time off from MRFF this summer to work on finishing writing Volume 2. I had a little burst of sales for the print edition, too, but my Kindle sales now outnumber the print version sales by about 5 to 1 on Amazon, so it’s the Kindle sales that I depend on.

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    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Ooooh, volume 2? Any idea when it comes out?

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    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Hahah I posted from THE FUTURE!! The server appears to be on some sort of European time zone.

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    Chris Rodda

    Yeah … I noticed the time zone thing when I went to check the site stats during our server problems, and saw that it was already on the next day even though it was still the day before in all U.S. time zones.

    And, as for Volume 2, I’ve been taking some weeks off from MRFF to work on it, one of which is this week. It’ll be coming out in the pretty near future, and I’ll be posting some previews here as I get closer to finishing it.

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    It’s always great when books are free, for any reason. Just because I bought it doesn’t mean I don’t want other to have it free of charge. -D

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    Aaron M

    I’d started reading the free pdf you put out on my new Kindle a couple of weeks ago, and found it frustrating since it wasn’t specifically formatted for that screen. I foolishly didn’t check if there was a true Kindle version available; I’ve now fixed that error. :)

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