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The Baen Free Library is a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where (as of June 2005) 77 full books are available for free download in a number of formats, without copy protection. It was founded in autumn 1999 by science fiction writer Eric Flint and publisher Jim Baen to determine whether the availability of books for free on the Internet encourages or discourages the sale of their paper books. A digital library comprises digital collections, services and infrastructure to support lifelong learning, research, scholarly communication and preservation. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... 1. ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Eric Flint (born California, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... James Patrick Jim Baen (b. ...

The Baen Free Library represents an interesting experiment in the field of intellectual property and copyright. It appears that sales of both the books made available free and other books by the same author, even from a different publisher, increase when the electronic version is made available free of charge. [1] In law, particularly in common law jurisdictions, intellectual property or IP refers to a legal entitlement which sometimes attaches to the expressed form of an idea, or to some other intangible subject matter. ... For copyright issues in relation to Wikipedia itself, see Wikipedia:copyrights. ...

In 2002, Baen also started adding CD-ROMs into some hardcovers of newest titles in successful series. They contain the complete series of novels preceding the printed book (for those books that were the latest in a series), other works by the same author, some works by other authors, and multimedia bonuses. The CD-ROMs have a prominent permissive copyright license which expressly encourages free-of-charge copying and sharing, including over the Internet. The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ...

Baen also operates Webscriptions, a subscription-based e-book program. Baen Webscriptions is an experiment in electronic publishing. ... An ebook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ...

External links

  • http://www.baen.com/library/ Baen Free Library
  • Flint's description of the inspiration for the Library in an USENET post
  • Building the Baen Free Library by Eric Flint - a 2002 essay, republished from Library's news at the link above

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Jim Baen's Universe Goes Naked-- eMagazine to Launch Without Copy Protection (539 words)
Baen Free Library (http://www.baen.com/library/)is a collection of free ebooks by major authors (Flint, David Drake, Mercedes Lackey, and others) that are totally free of copy protection.
Baen Books (http://www.baen.com) is one of the largest publishers of science fiction and fantasy in the world.
Baen's Bar (http://www.baen.com/bar/)is the home of the lively and large discussion forums that began in the late 1990s to discuss science fiction, fantasy, Baen books, politics, religion and anything else that a thread can drift to.
Baen Books at AllExperts (825 words)
Although Baen himself was politically conservative (which has led to friction with and departures by at least one liberal author), Baen Books has published works covering a broad spectrum of political philosophies.
Then Baen introduced the Baen Free Library, which again are unencrypted ebooks, usually the first book or two in a series.
Baen Books also hosts a large online community in which the publisher, authors, and many readers take part via Baen's Bar, an internet forum with personal forums (sub-forums) for the late publisher, the chief editor, and many authors in the Baen stable of writers.
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