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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Read Free HarperCollins Books Online Legally

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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Reader Comments:


well - seems obvious that Harper Collins only launched this free online reading device after the bestselling author Paulo Coelho revealed his pirate coelho blog to the world during the DLD conference in Munich last January.
I doubt Harper Collins would have made such a move without this author's pressure.
Thumbs up for Pirate Coelho!

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