Let’s try this again:
I am releasing, for FREE, downloadable PDF eBooks of Nothing Better Volumes 1 and 2 under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 license.
Why am I doing this? This is an attempt to expand my audience - I want as many people as possible to see and enjoy my work. I’ve been putting it online for years for people to see for free, and I’ve enjoyed a small but loyal group of fans who have bought the book collections I’ve put out. Offering a PDF of the books seemed like a great way to expand that readership.
Initially I thought I should sell the PDFs. But in doing so I really hoped that what would happen was that a few people would buy the PDFs and then spread the files around online. Eventually I started thinking, “why not just start the sharing myself?”
A big influence on that line of thought was re-reading about the experience the Machine of Death folks had with their book. If I wanted as many people as possible to experience my work, why put that payment roadblock out in front? (this line of thought was further re-inforced when Neil Gaiman reposted his experience with putting one of his books online for free. obviously I’m not Neil Gaiman but the experience and the conclusions he drew from it rang true to me. same thing with Steve Lieber’s 4chan adventure.)
This is good work. It just needs more eyeballs on it. And once that happens I’m confident at least some of those people will pay for it.
Read these books. You will enjoy them. I promise. Send the links to your friends. Seed them, torrent them, however you like, as long as you do it non-commercially and the work stays intact.
And if you feel like you’ve been entertained, consider paying something for it.