Monday, July 25, 2011

Go the F_ _k to Sleep: No Sales Joke

You've probably heard many things about this book by now. Go the F_ _k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach is a satirical bedtime story for adults that evolved out of the author's frustration-ridden Facebook comment, , “Look out for my forthcoming children’s book, ‘Go the — to Sleep."  The illustrated, profanity-freindly book has been tremendously successful.

I won't tell you that there is a page by page turn of the book on Youtube with the audiobook narrated by Samuel L Jackson . I wonder if they leave the "leaks" of this book around just so that people will decide to buy the book. It's crazy that a book so tiny, but well-illustrated, that is so widely pirated, still commanded success that would attract descriptions like "literary best-seller" and "brilliant". A Brisbane Times article discussed all of the benefits that the leaked PDF has provided as a sales-booster.

Research has shown that providing the first few chapters of a book is a great way to sell your completed work. Can this model of making the ebook available for free work for everyone? Please comment and let me know your thoughts. Don't forget to head over to read the Brisbane times article.


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