I’ve talked about Baen Books in passing before, but I thought I’dÂ devote a whole post to them.Â Baen Books has been my favorite publisher for years.Â Their stable of authors has included some of my all time favorite SciFi/Fantasy authors.Â Mercedes Lackey, David Weber, and more recently John Ringo and others have kept me entertained for years.Â Baen has always been a progressive publisher, but with the rise of ebooks, they’ve catapulted into readership stardom.Â Check out what people are saying about them on Amazon.com…Link to Reviews.
The biggest thing about Baen Books’ ebooks that push them far ahead of all other publishers, is the fact their ebooks are released DRM-free, with no restrictions on who you can lend them to, or any other encumbrance. Â Additionally, the ebooks cost LESS than the print version.Â When I look on Amazon or other publisher sites, the ebooks always cost the same or MORE than the printed version of a book I’m wanting to buy.Â What foolishness is this???Â Ebooks are cheaper to distribute.Â They shouldn’t cost MORE than a book that costs much more to make!Â Also, Baen books pays higher royalties to authors for ebooks.Â That’s right, they pay MORE to an author for a book that costs LESS to produce.Â Of all current publishers, it appears that Baen is the only one being run by people with some common sense.
I’m a devoted reader of their ebooks, and in fact I own every current Webscription month.Â I go to the local public library, and I still buy paper books, but every month, I pay $15, and get FOUR to SIX currently released novels.Â Â Try to do that with Del Rey, Tor, or any other publisher.Â Won’t happen.Â With their ebooks priced at around $8 (the same price as a paperback), you’ll only get two for that price.Â And they’ll be locked down to one device/computer, with DRM dripping from the seams.
All-in-all, Baen Books is my favorite publisher, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.