In less than five years digital distribution has turned
the music industry upside-down. Thanks to the success of idiotically-named
services like Napster, Gnutella,
Grokster and Kazaa,
fans are paying less to hear more music than ever before. At the same time they’re
imperiling the business models and the livelihoods of everyone from
Lars Ulrich to
Loudon Wainwright III.
Some say it’s gone too far, but we say this new paradigm of
not paying for stuff hasn’t gone nearly far enough. Everywhere you look
you’ll see products being not given away, and that means there’s
money to not be made.
It comes as no surprise that so many entrepreneurs are angling to be the
first to not make it,
and—bandwagons being what they are—
Ghostweed Press is one of them.
With that in mind, we’re proud to offer Matt Segur’s
new book There Is Violence in Silence to the greater reading public
at no charge whatsoever. It’s available online in its entirety
for you to start reading right now, and all we ask is that as you read,
you tell your friends so that they too can revel in the communal
spectacle of forfeited profits and failure.
We’ve chosen to call this ill-conceived giveaway the
Ghostweed Press Pyramid Scheme, and here’s how it works: after
you’ve read a few chapters and decided whether the book is for you,
we’ll ask you for your email address so that we can verify your
identity. (Don’t worry—we won’t send you spam unless you ask us to.)
Every time our readership doubles we’ll make a new chapter available to
our verified readers. If you want to keep reading, you’ll need
to make sure you tell at least two friends to
visit. Assuming your friends aren't a bunch of moochers, they’ll each in
turn tell two of their own friends. Careful inductive
reasoning can be used to show that within days the entire civilized world
will be reading There Is Violence in Silence—all without paying a cent!
If that’s not progress, we don’t know what is.