Cory Doctorow, Self-Pub Pioneer

Science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) – and the author of the bestselling novel Little Brother, Cory Doctorow has issued a new volume of short stories, With a LIttle Help, that you can’t buy in your local bookstore. (See WSJ review.)

In a matter of weeks, the pricing wars brought about by the explosion of self-publishing for e-readers, has redefined how books will sell and be priced for years to come.

Want a hard-cover edition of With a Little Help? You can purchase it in a limited edition for $275.

Want a POD edition where you can select one of 4 covers? It’s available at Amazon.com or lulu.com.

Want to set your own price for a digitial edition for your Kindle, I-Pad or Nook? That’s also available and has already brought in more than $37,000 at about $10 a “donation.”

If you’re a science fiction fan or writer, you’ll enjoy Tom Shippey’s WSJ piece on Doctorow for its recap of the history of scifi mags and publishing.

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