Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has released his new book, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, for free under a Creative Commons license. This means you can download and read the book without paying a penny.
Of course, you can still buy a <a title=", by ” href=””>printed copy, but the free version allows you to review the book before purchasing.
Lessig follows the example of Cory Doctorow, who has released three books in this fashion. For Doctorow, the experiment has been a success. Having the free downloads available appears to have helped, not hindered, sales of the book’s physical copies, by encouraging word-of-mouth recommendations and allowing readers to try before they buy.
[via Boing Boing]