Re: THE PLANT: It Worked

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 12:23:29 MDT

He said 75%. First day figures showed that 78% paid. The decrease indicates that
a number of people figured since that 78% was over his 75% minimum, they could
morally download for free. I think what you'll find is book sales like this to
run on a 'telethon'-like basis, where you'll have agressive advocates haranguing
the masses of deadbeats to pay up whenever the percentage drops below 75%. THis
is also indirectly similar to how the Nielsen Ratings System allows the public
to vote on what TV shows they want the networks to make. I imagine that TV show
producers in the future might hold telethons for the production of their TV
shows to reach a certain point before they will be broadcast on the web, etc. wrote:
> Terry wrote:
> >
> >
> > More than 76% of the people who downloaded Stephen King's "The Plant Part I"
> > actually paid for it. He made no effort to enforce the payment of the
> > book - he just promised he'd keep writing installments as long as enough
> > people paid for it. Well, apparently they have.
> I predict that the percentage who pay will drop as the novelty wears off.
> Has King said what the threshold is below which he won't continue?
> My guess is that the percentage who pay will approach that level.
> Hal

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