Re:e-publishing fiction

From: J. Goard (
Date: Sat Apr 08 2000 - 11:44:25 MDT

>This scheme would leave you with the task of advertising which I'm
>sure any number of people would be willing to help.
>John Calvin

This suggests a new economic possibility for e-texts -- product placement.
At the low price level, it may be just a passing reference. At higher
levels, it would be Hugo-esque asides extolling the value of certain
products. At best, you could allow your hero to accomplish their goals by
using the product, i.e. "thanks to her .45 Glock, the busty 14-year-old
biochemist was able to halt the gang of anti-nano bureaucrats."

I can't imagine bootleggers wishing to alter the original story just to
remove advertising, unless it too obviously has nothing to do with the story.

Ellis Wyatt
"the only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he
takes my measure anew each time he sees me, whilst
all the rest go on with their old measurements and
expect them to fit me."
                      --G. B. Shaw

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