Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baen's entire Webscriptions catalog available for free... in low Earth orbit

Hey, here is another reason to get off your backside and become an astronaut! According to SFScope: Baen Books is now offering its entire Webscriptions catalog of e-books free to the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station. Baen's Webscriptions have more than 600 of the publisher's books available as downloadable e-books in a variety of unencrypted e-book formats. Baen Publisher Toni Weisskopf offered to make the complete Webscription library available to ISS personnel, free of charge, including both of Baen's on-line magazines, The Grantville Gazette and Jim Baen's Universe, and NASA promptly accepted.

"It's very satisfying to know that ISS crewmembers will be able to get our books easily and without fuss," Weisskopf said. "They're the ones who are truly creating a future for humankind in space."

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