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  • I admit I don't listen to much of heat in this debate, but I have noticed one publisher which tends to lean in entirely the other direction: Baen Books

    Not only do they provide a bunch of books for free in electronic form, they also have a service where you can buy online access to 4 or 5 of their titles. This isn't the limited access that Safari apparently provides - but the ability to download the books in a number of formats, and continued access to the books online.

    The free books are available from the Baen Free Library [], and while these aren't their latest titles, they are all still in print or available for order in hardcopy.

    The webscriptions service [] provides paid access to their very latest titles - certainly well before they're available in Australia. I don't think every author's books are present here, but many are.

    Baen have also provided draft snippets from up and coming books on their web board, and these are also available in a central location [], with Baen's permission.

    I guess this is sounding like an ad for Baen, but I just wanted to point at that at least one publisher doesn't have it's head stuck up it's behind.