Easy Ways To Help Free Books
by Allen B. Downey
Free Software has been around for a while, but Free Books are still pretty much an experiment. As far as I know, the only conventional publisher working with free content authors is O'Reilly, in what they call the Open Books Project.
My partner and I started Green Tea Press specifically to work with free content writers. Our first book was How To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python which I wrote along with Jeff Elkner and Chris Meyers.
So far, things are going well. We get feedback every day from people who read our books online. They send in suggestions and corrections, or they just tell us they enjoyed the book. Sometimes they ask if there is anything they can do to help with the project.
Well, as a matter of fact there is! The following are some things readers can do to help make the Free Book experiment a success.
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