Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Are the major publishers starting to get how useful the web is in promoting books? Not only are they offering book widgets and limited previews of books online, but now one of them, HarperCollins, has started a Full Access program, which will let readers access the full-text of a different selection of books every month.
This month they are featuring titles like "The Witch of Portobello" by Paulo Coehlo (a pirate-friendly author), "Mission: Cook!" by Robert Irvine and "The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President" by Mark Halperin. You can read the entirety of these books online, but you can't download them to your desktop or ebook reader.
Here's the HarperCollins book widget for "The Witch of Portobello", which might be even less useful than the TOR widget, but at least it doesn't sport a prominent "Buy" button:
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