freeman03.gifFrom the press release:

While some publishers are delaying eBook releases until after the hardcover is already in stores, Cemetery Dance Publications has announced a free eBook edition of “The Painted Darkness” by Brian James Freeman will be available immediately to all readers, almost four months before the book’s hardcover edition will be published.

The free eBook, which contains the complete text of this haunting new novella, can be downloaded at for a limited time only.

“The Painted Darkness” eBook edition also contains exclusive bonus content including a new interview with Ray Bradbury entitled “We Have Too Many Inventions!” and a special feature where bestselling authors such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, William Peter Blatty, Jodi Picoult, Carolyn Parkhurst, Anne Perry, Jane Green, M.J. Rose, Douglas Clegg, J.A. Konrath, Seth Godin, Michael Marshall Smith, Scott Adams, and many others share their thoughts on the future of eBooks and the publishing business.

The-EBook-Reader has an article about this that you should check out. The author wants to find out if the release of the ebook will attract new readers to his works and also wants to see if sales of the book are increased because of word of mouth. The book is available as an ebook and as an audiobook.


  1. I hate to look a gift horse in the file format, but I’m the same way. When I see a PDF I don’t bother downloading.

    I don’t know how many people are like myself but I think the experiment is flawed. If I download a free book from an author I’ve never heard it’s not likely to hit the top of my TBR list for years (if ever).

  2. On the other hand, there are authors out there who are going out of their way to work with publishers who are willing to experiment with actual, for sale, ebook products released months before the physical book comes out.

    Case in point:

    Not only is Vince selling both Kindle formats and Smashword formats of his book, he’s doing most of his publicity by web and blog tour.

    The physical book itself isn’t supposed to hit the streets until October.

    Vince has also been blogging about his new approach to getting his stuff in front of people here:


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