Here’s an interesting experiment in self-publishing…

Fergus Bannon (whose writings have appeared in Interzone, Territories, West Coast Magazine and Shipbuilding) has written a novel called Judgement, a book author Gary Gibson describes as reading “like an episode of CSI, if CSI had been written by Timothy Leary and filmed by James Cameron”. Judgement is a psychedelic science fiction thriller described thusly:

It started with a few isolated incidents. A mob shootout in Las Vegas, a firefight in the Central American jungles – one apparently unconnected event after the other, hinting at a worldwide conspiracy of unprecedented proportions. But before long CIA computer expert Bob Leith realises it’s something much more than mere globalised terrorism, something literally not of this world …

Rather than just sell the eBook outright, Bannon is trying something interesting.

You can either buy the novel in various eBook formats at Smashwords for the more-than-reasonable price of $2…or, you can read it online for free.

This flies in the face of conventional wisdom that says people will not pay for what they can get for free. Will it work? The thinking is that people will pay for what they like, especially if it’s cheap enough. I’d be interested in hearing a few months from now how well this works…

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