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Cory Doctorow’s Experiment: Does Free Work?

For his next collection of short stories to be published, titled With a Little Help, author and blogger-extraordinaire Cory Doctorow will be running an experiment so that he can see whether his strategy of offering his work for free is working.

With prices to range from $0.00 to $10,000 for various packages, Doctorow is to track his financial progress and the progress of the experiment as a whole on his new column at Publishers Weekly.

This first column looks at how he will be making money (his marketing and publicity strategy will be covered soon, too):

  • E-book: free, in a wide variety of formats
  • Audiobook: free, in a wide variety of formats
  • Donations: whatever happens
  • Print-on-Demand trade paperback: $16 (approximately; price TBD)
  • Premium hardcover edition: $250, limited run of 250 copies
  • Commission a new story: $10,000 (one only)
  • Advertisements: TBD
  • Donations of books: TBD

That’s how the money is going to come in. To be honest, I have no idea how much money that will be ($10,000 has already come in, of course). But I do know what I’ll do about it. I’m going to disclose it, all of it, every month, in a running tally in a monthly column here in Publishers Weekly. And incidentally, this article is grossing me all of $900, less my agent’s 15% commission, and the columns $400 hereafter. I will then put this into an appendix, which will be added to new editions of the book and compared to the revenues from Overclocked. That’s as close to an apples-to-apples comparison as I can come up with, but I think it will speak well to the question: what’s the best a writer like me can do on his own, versus with a traditional publisher for whom he does everything he can to aid in book sales?

via Marginal Revolution

Publishing in Scientific Journals

Not being a professional or published scientist, the workings of academic journals are foreign to me. As a semi-regular reader of them I really should at least understand the processes involved, and that’s where My Dominant Hemisphere‘s outline of the publihing process and list of 18 interesting journal facts comes in handy.

Multiple surveys have shown that journals are more likely to publish ‘statistically significant‘ findings. This is an important thing to realize. For any scientific study with a Type 1 error rate of 5%, if the null hypothesis was true you would get a statistically significant result 5% of the time. Purely as a result of random chance. But it’s the 5% of studies that report such a ‘statistically significant’ result that are more likely to get published than the remaining 95% of studies that don’t.

via Seed