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Monday News: Strange musings from Harper Magazine publisher; cover WTFery; Google’s cure for passwords

Monday News: Strange musings from Harper Magazine publisher; cover WTFery; Google’s...

Google, according to MacArthur, is elevating free content over pay content. His proof? Harper’s Magazine doesn’t show up when you search “magazines that publish essays” or “magazines that publish short stories.”

MacArthur then derides Google for the dumbing down of America, accuses it of depressing teacher pay, and that it “will further deaden the senses of a people inured to violence in their films, their newspapers (which report on a largely unaccountable American army’s patriotic mission against the infidel in foreign lands), and in their own hometowns.”

Ultimately I can’t be sure if it is free content MacArthur hates; computers; search engines; or just anyone who is not a writer-teacher. Just because you can write doesn’t mean you can actually make a coherent argument. Maybe MacArthur should hop onto Google and search for “The Art of Persuasion.” Harper’s Magazine

The fundraiser brought in more than triple that amount. And thus did the five come together, prepared to endure great pain and sacrifice all dignity to support a very worthwhile cause and simultaneously try to point out that, darn it all, some of our SF/F are just ridiculously sexist, you know?”Jim C. Hines

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Thursday News: Smart Bitches’ Romance Book Workout; Debating free; Indie bookstores positive over holiday sales

Thursday News: Smart Bitches’ Romance Book Workout; Debating free; Indie bookstores...

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Then 18 months or so later (2011), Samhain did another promo of that same book and it was like double the numbers of downloads of the time before.

But here’s the thing – it pushed the following book, a book that was published in 2007, onto the USA Today list (as in people got the first book free and then BOUGHT the next in high enough numbers that a book published in 2007 sold enough to hit a list years later). My numbers for the rest of the series and for my entire backlist jumped in a major way as well.

There have been a lot of free books I’ve downloaded and never read but free can be used to increase readership. So can low cost (or sale priced) books. I argued a few years ago that free books could be less effective that low priced books.

Thoughts?