I didn’t mention in my initial post about my new project, Games Unboxed (with Clark Rodeffer), that the book will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license, or something close to it. This means that we’ll probably have a website where you can read the rules to the games for free, and a printable PDF of the entire book that you can obtain from the website, as well as download from the usual places like BoardGameGeek and email to your friends. Even if you don’t want to print the entire book, you might want to print individual games from it, reference cards, player aids, printable boards, and so on. We’ll make those available individually as well as within the PDF.
We haven’t got a publisher yet. What if they don’t like this idea?
Sucks to ’em. Liberating our content is non-negotiable. We’ll shop the manuscript around until we find someone who will publish it. But I don’t think we’ll have much trouble. My last book, Mind Performance Hacks, has sold around 30,000 copies since February 2006, and is currently hovering around Amazon sales rank 5000 (anything above 10,000 is great) — yet it’s “pirated” like mad all over the world. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get a Google Alert or two notifying me it’s been uploaded illegally to another site. In study after study, “piracy” has been shown to help sales.
I’ve printed many an ebook, free and otherwise, and in almost every case, I’d rather have a nice, official, bound copy than my crappy laser-printed one, crappily spiral-bound by some barely sapient Kinko’s employee working for crap wages. But if you want the PDF, you shall have it, and all permutations thereof.
Because we love you.