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Monday, August 17, 2009

They Let Me Taste the Milk and I Liked It So Much I Bought the Whole Cow

Craig Morgan Teicher over at Publisher’s Weekly talks to e-book pioneers Small Beer Press, run by husband and wife team Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, about how they’ve become a working model for other small presses and this scary business of offering e-books.

Woo hoo! Not just for the woo but for the who. I want a camera crew to interview me, so I can say, yes, I saw it with my own eyes! I was there. In my spontaneous interview, I’d have to say, “Dude, it’s true, I first saw a link to Kelly Link’s short story years ago on BoingBoing, which was interesting for the fact that she was offering a free audio MP3 of one of her short stories, that was also an actual physical book that existed in the world. Since then, she’s released entire books as free e-books.

After being exposed to her strange, funny, fabulous work, I’ve become a huge fan, and have purchased digital versions of some of her short stories, have bought all of her (actual physical) books, and attended her (actual physical) readings and signings, and gushed with all the adoration of a fan-girl as I watched her kindly write me yet another autograph.

Long story short, I am a free-downloader turned customer, just like Gavin J. Grant describes wooing in Teicher’s article. And because I’ve been treated so well, and with such generosity, I don’t mind saying so.

As for me and my iPod, I still listen to The Girl Detective, as read by Alex Wilson, quite a lot.

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