Free music distribution site NoiseTrade has taken a sideways move into books, duplicating its free download model for ebooks and audiobooks. NoiseTrade operates on the basis of swapping free content for marketing data. “Artists upload an album, EP, single, or live recording,” the site explains. ” Artists get email addresses and zip codes for everyone who downloads their music. Artist meet fan. Fan meet artists.” And as of now, self-published authors, and presumably publishers as well, are in a position to do the same as musicians.
As of now, the site only offers a small selection of titles, many of them already available elsewhere as free ebooks, such as the works of Cory Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother, etc.), but all offered for DRM-free immediate access, in Kindle Mobi, ePub or PDF formats, in return for an email address. Fiction and non-fiction titles are both available, and almost all the authors are modern. For those who don’t want to give away an entire book, chapters or individual short stories can also be posted.
NoiseTrade may not be the best-stocked online ebook platform, even among free sites. But as of late 2013, it already had a user community of around 1.2 million, which should contribute some valuable data for any writer or publisher who wants to take advantage of that aspect of the site. Check it out and see.