Ebook pioneer Baen Books is making its ebooks available in the Kindle Store on Amazon for the first time beginning in mid to late December 2012. Science fiction and fantasy publisher Baen Books has sold its own ebooks for over fifteen years at Baen’s retail site, Baenebooks.com, where ebooks have always been downloadable totally free of digital rights restrictions. They will also be DRM-free in the Kindle Store. The move to third party distribution is new territory for Baen, which has built a name for itself in the ebook arena with an innovative e-Advanced Reading Copy program and limited time monthly discount bundles. These programs will continue, according to Toni Weisskopf, Baen’s publisher.
“Now that we’re selling on Amazon, it will be easier than ever to download your favorite Weber, Ringo, or Bujold ebook to your Kindle or free Kindle reading app,” says Weisskopf. “But you can be sure we will always maintain our famous ebook pioneering spirit and customer-first orientation.”
Baen’s well-known monthly discount bundle program, previously known as Webscriptions, and its eARCs—advanced copies of upcoming titles in “galley” form—will still be available exclusively at Baenebooks.com, according to Weisskopf. “As part of the change, we will also be raising ebook royalties to our authors by 25 percent so that they not only get the benefit of the expanded audience but a larger cut, too.”
Baen is known for its New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy, including David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International urban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, Baen’s most recent entry on the bestsellers lists. Baen’s paper titles are distributed by Simon & Schuster.