Archive for the ‘Free books’ Category

The National Academies Press recently announced that it was making over 4,000 PDF versions of its books available for free download. This is a very interesting development, especially considering that they previously were allowing much of this content to be accessed on a page-by-page basis on their website. I checked it out this morning and […]

I noticed an interesting article recently called: At SPARC-ACRL Forum, Reality Check on Open Access Monographs Go check it out.

The very first academic article I worked on has been published by Tech Trends. It’s called Free: Why Authors are Giving Books Away on the Internet. For the article, David Wiley and I interviewed ten authors who had made some or all of their books available for free on the Internet. Most of the authors […]

I’ve posted on my dissertation before. The full version is now available here. Here’s a little summary of what the dissertation is all about. What Deseret Book placed eight books online for free download. All of these were “backlist” titles. This study tracked what happened as a result of those books being available. When The […]

For a long time I’ve been hopeful that people would read some of the academic research I’ve been working on. Although I’m new to academia, I’ve heard that one of the dangers of academic publishing is that it’s very possible that nobody will read what you write. Then again, if people will read what you […]

It’s here. The article I’ve been so excited to see published. David Wiley and I wrote this article and  I am grateful to The Journal of Electronic Publishing for publishing it. Although there is much to be done in the area of how giving away digital copies influence print sales I think this article makes […]

Not sure that anyone will want to read this; however, if you’re researching the influence of free digital books on print sales the review of literature may be helpful to you. Below is a version of the first two chapters of my dissertation. I’ve had to take out a few parts because some of the […]

Creative Commons Christmas Book

This past year I wrote a book about how to get more of the true meaning of Christmas in our lives at Christmas time. Unfortunately, the way things worked out it was not published this year; however, the publisher has graciously made a free electronic copy of it available (site registration required). Even better they […]

As the download project at is winding down, I’m please to report that over 100,000 books have been downloaded. I expect soon to have more information on the sales of these books so that we can measure whether the free downloads had any impact on sales. In a future study it would be very […]

An update to this blog post. In the first six weeks of tracking book downloads, 30,000 books have been downloaded from It’s too early to tell much more; however it appears that this number is surprisingly high. More to come.