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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.

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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 Silenceall without paying a cent!

If that’s not progress, we don’t know what is.

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