Last week Catherine Hodge at DPP Store wrote an informative blog article reporting on the ongoing World eBook Fair (WeBF), where almost 1/3 million e-books are free to download between July 4 and August 4.
According to Catherine, server statistics indicate that over 12 million free e-books have been downloaded so far (as of July 20th).
It is perplexing to me as to why there’s not been more discussion about WeBF in the various e-book-related forums, such as the eBook Community (which I moderate) and even the Gutenberg mailing lists. Not even the inevitable criticisms. Catherine noted this as well:
Interestingly, the mainstream media has picked up the story here and there — it was out on the AP wire before the event began. However, the list serves and newsgroups that discuss eBooks have almost entirely missed the fact that millions of eBooks are being disseminated across the world. There has been little or no discussion of this exciting event in the very groups that are dedicated to discussing all things eBook. I hope to see this change in the near future.
So what are your thoughts on the World eBook Fair and the lack of public discussion about it? And did you take advantage of the opportunity to download a lot of free e-books? The comments area is open! Do share your thoughts.