Well, not really, but the idea of giving away a book for free has popped up in a really cool place. Just got this in my inbox from the starwars.com mailing list.
DEL REY OFFERS FREE DOWNLOAD OF FIRST BOOK IN LEGACY OF THE FORCE SERIES As a special gift to Star Wars fans, Del Rey will be offering Book One in the series, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal, as a free downloadable PDF, audio book, and eBook. This promotional offer will run for two weeks, from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, until midnight on Tuesday, May 13.
The free download, which can be shared,e-mailed or printed, will be available on http://www.legacyoftheforce.com A New York Times bestselling series, Legacy of the Force introduces readers to a new era in the Star Wars universe and features the beloved characters from the original trilogy, answering the questions of what happened to Han, Luke and Leia after the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
Book Nine, the final book in the series, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible, will go on sale as a Del Rey hardcover on May 13.Book Eight, Revelation, reached the #1 spot on The New York Times paperback bestseller list.
Del Rey has partnered with booksellers to provide the free download.AllBooks.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Booksense.com,Borders.com, Deepdiscount.com, the eBook story from Sony,Overstock.com, and Powells.com have agreed to make the file available to their customers. “This giveaway is a great way to introduce the legions of Star Wars fans to our books,” commented Christine Cabello, Deputy Director of Marketing at the Random House Publishing Group, who oversaw the execution of this initiative. “We also expect that it will build awareness and excitement for the on-sale date of the final book in the series, Invincible.”
Now, it’s not all THAT amazing since Del Rey is a part of Random House. But still, to do this with a major franchise like Star Wars indicates they have some serious faith in the “first hit’s free” idea. I’d like to think our FDO had something to do with that.
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