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Baen Webscriptions is an experiment in electronic publishing. It is a business that sells ebooks owned by Baen Books. It is unique from most other online ebook selling ventures in that books are sold individually as well as in a bulk, serialized nature. Electronic publishing can refer to the publication of ebooks and electronic articles, and the development of digital libraries. ... Business refers to at least three closely related commercial topics. ... An ebook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ...

Each month, four to six as of yet unpublished works are made available for purchase as a group. The books are released incrementally. Three months before their official release date, only the first half of the books are available for download. Two months before their official release, the first three quarters of the books are available. The complete books are available for download a month before they are released in paper form.

You may purchase a monthly subscription at any point in time. If you purchase a month that has already been released, the complete books are available for immediate download.

Note that while the books are only partially available, the only download format is HTML, however once the books are complete, they can be downloaded in multiple ebook formats including Rocketbook, RTF, Mobipocket, Microsoft Reader, and HTML. In computing, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a markup language designed for the creation of web pages and other information viewable in a browser. ... An ebook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... RTF (usually referred to as such) stands for Rich Text Format, a document file format developed by Microsoft at least as early as 1987 for cross-platform document interchange that most text processing programs are able to read and write. ... In computing, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a markup language designed for the creation of web pages and other information viewable in a browser. ...

Additionally, as part of the experiment, some of those ebooks are available free from the Baen Free Library. The Baen Free Library is an online experiment by science fiction writer Eric Flint and publisher Jim Baen of the science fiction publishing house Baen Books to determine whether the availability of books for free on the World Wide Web encourages or discourages the sale of their paper books. ...

External links

  • WebScription.net Homepage (http://www.webscription.net/)
  • Baen Webscriptions FAQ (http://www.baen.com/ws_faq.htm)

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Prime Palaver #7 (8297 words)
My general rule of thumb is that I put a title up in the Library three months after it has come out in paperback and three months after it has cycled through for the last time in Webscriptions.
That means, for lead titles, that the reader is given no less than three chances to buy the book before they can get it for free: 1) the hardcover edition; 2) Webscriptions (usually twice, here, because the same title is typically recycled through when the paperback edition comes out); and, 3) the paperback edition.
Some of it through Webscriptions, a lot of it for free.
Baen Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (789 words)
Baen Books may justly claim an innovative approach to marketing through the internet on several levels.
It was primarily a paperback publishing house until 1999, when Webscriptions was introduced.
For a monthly fee, a customer "subscribes" to the set of five or so novels published electronically in a given month.
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