So, Bill Shafer at Subterranean Press has been encouraging me to make my sf novella, The Dry Salvages, available as a free downloadable PDF via the subpress website. At first, I thought sure, cool, why not, let's give it a try. Then Spooky, who minds the eBay inventory, pointed out that we presently have 13 copies of the trade edition and 19 copies of the limited edition in stock and offering the book as a free PDF could lose us a minimum of $1,085 dollars in potential eBay sales. I mentioned this to Bill, and he believes that people would still buy the book, even though it was available for free, and he points to similar successful examples by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross as evidence. But I remain skeptical. I do very much like the idea of making the book available as a free PDF. It seems like a great way to get a lot of people to read my sf who never have. But I really can't afford to eat over a thousand dollars in lost eBay revenue. So, I'm dithering as to whether I should offer the book a a PDF now or wait a few more months, allowing additional time to sell our remaining copies of the book.
Hence, this poll. Please do not lie. I can tell when you lie, even over the internet, and flying monkeys with rusty corkscrews will be dispatched to make you sorry. And if you've already bought the book, don't bother answering. Thanks.
If a free PDF of The Dry Salvages were available, I'd:
download it and also buy a copy of the book.
down it and buy a copy only if I liked the book a great deal.