When I began web design in 1996, publicity and marketing were purely print entities for publishers.
Few authors had email. Fewer still had websites. Publishers were just starting to realize the power of the internet(s). They relied on bookstores to spread the word about forthcoming books while releasing hundreds of advanced reader copies into the wild to generate knowledge and discussion among the booksellers—and among the fans.
It is truly amazing how far technology and our use of it has come.
Unbound Worlds.com has been evolving as well since we launched at the San Diego Comic Con last year, slowly upgrading into the initial idea we had for this site. It has been really exciting to be a part of. We started with the blog, moved into a forum and today sees another step in that evolution.
A few more steps remain. But as a reader and fan, today’s step is one I am truly excited about!
Welcome to the Free Library!
Here is the official press release:
|NEW YORK, NY – March 4, 2009 – Random House, Inc. today unveiled the first five titles in its new Unbound Worlds Free First Book Library. Designed to introduce new readers to popular and acclaimed science fiction and fantasy series, the Unbound Worlds Free First Book Library allows readers to access free digital copies of the first book in each series.
The program launches with access to the following novels:
The books will be made available through Random House’s science fiction/fantasy portal, Unbound Worlds.com (http://unboundworlds.com), as well as on other content services, including Scribd.com and the Stanza ebook reader application for the iPhone.
The Free Library will allow readers to try these new books. And perhaps more importantly I think, if you’ve read any of these books already and call yourself a true sci-fi/fantasy aficionado, you can now point your friends and family to these books to either find a new favorite author or understand your obsession a bit better. The books are free—spread word around!
This is a section of the site we will be growing into every month. So be sure to check back and see what other books we feature!
But right now, try our new Free Library!