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Commentary on Penguin's Missed Ebook Opportunity

(Updated with excerpt/link instead of repost)

On Penguin’s latest e-Book move via the O’Reilly Radar blog:

What’s most galling, of course, is that Penguin isn’t attempting to increase interest in ebooks as a medium by making these classics, long past copyright, available in free, un-DRM-encumbered formats. In an old-meets-new mashup, publishers could use free distribution of still-in-demand classics to generate interest in a form, ebooks, that is still only in the earliest days of its potential public acceptance. Wouldn’t you be more likely to try something new if it was free?

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