For Forbes magazine’s “Future of Publishing” feature, Cory Doctorow wrote Giving It Away, in which he discusses his experiences with giving away his books for free.

Most people who download the book don’t end up buying it, but they wouldn’t have bought it in any event, so I haven’t lost any sales, I’ve just won an audience. A tiny minority of downloaders treat the free e-book as a substitute for the printed book–those are the lost sales. But a much larger minority treat the e-book as an enticement to buy the printed book. They’re gained sales. As long as gained sales outnumber lost sales, I’m ahead of the game. After all, distributing nearly a million copies of my book has cost me nothing.

Forbes also has the article My Author, My Life by Hannah Clark which talks about fans’ efforts to help Robert Jordan.

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