Matt Mason‘s wonderful book, The Pirate’s Dilemma, is one of the reasons I started this blog. He was my first interview, too. During that interview I asked him about a free online version and he said he hoped to get something out there sooner than later.
Well, it might have turned out to be later but now you can download a copy of the book here and you pay whatever you think is fair. Why would Matt do this?
“By treating the electronic version of a book as information rather than property, and circulating it as widely as possible, many authors such as Paulo Coelho and Cory Doctorow actually end up selling more copies of the physical version. Pirate copies of The Pirate’s Dilemma are out there online anyway, and they don’t seem to have harmed sales. My guess is they are helping. To be honest, I was flattered that the book got pirated in the first place.”
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