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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

guest post: better than paid by acedusa

All works by acedusa are licensed under a Creative Commons Licence, are free to download, and will remain so - derivative works are welcomed, as is the possibility of waiving rights if the need arise - because free is better than paid.

Why are they free? Because art should always be free. Rather an old-fashioned idea.

That's how it used be, when an artist relied on a rich patron, pope, duke etc. for his or her daily bread and what they produced was displayed for the common benefit (and the glory of the rich patron). 

It's taken a while, but things appear to be coming full circle. With the incredibly rapid democratization of publishing, perhaps the idea of paying will seem extremely odd in a couple of decades.Why should the reader have to pay for the privilege of giving up hours of their time to be talked at? The 99cent Amazon authors seem to be slowly but steadily getting the idea.

Of course, at the free end of the market there's a lot of rubbish about - but if you reckon that free can never be as good or better than paid fiction, it won't cost you too much to confirm...

On the welcome death of paper books - people used to write on slate with chalk and, before that, chip out hieroglyphs on granite - presumably the reading experience didn't suffer too much when paper and ink were adopted? It really doesn't matter what it's written on.

So enjoy the days we're living in - you don't have to go to the Amazon store to put books on a Kindle (or similar for Nook, or Kobo readers) - don't get shut into their walled gardens. There's plenty of places on the web to show you how to load up free stuff onto your ebook reader, so why not pay them a visit. You've paid enough already...

The author, like the artist, is utterly unimportant - what they may have done, be doing, what they hoped to be doing. Again, please head over to Amazon if interested in the cult of personality.

shortly to appear are full versions of:
  • What's Your Name, Captain America? (set in San Francisco during the early 1970s)
  • Giallo (based on the 1974 horror film Non si sevizia un paperino, by Lucio Fulci)

together with new work, including:
  • The Compendium of Degenerates – Berlin, the 1920's: our hero, Otmar, finds a photo of himself in a Compendium of Degenerates, which he is not very pleased about, especially when the local butcher's wife has a copy of the book in the shop and starts pointing things out. 
  • Ginevra (after Boccaccio) – Ginevra has died - on her wedding day. But she is revived by Audrina, who happens to be in the village cemetery that night and they elope together. A hunting-party of Ginevra's widower and his friends set off to the big city in search of the recalcitrant women.

some of acedusa's books

A life in 24 sections - the horrors of the Grand Tour, the Wilde West, Bosie's suicide, a green-eyed leopard, Mr Swinburne attacked by an American woman - and since this Oscar Wilde didn't die in 1900, fun with Valentino in Hollywood.

Set in Jamaica in 1691, there are pirates, drunken pirates, mermaids, unspeakable deckhands, the voyage to Terra Incognita, and Jamaica's last surviving monkey.

In Paris in 1911, it's raining every day and the Mona Lisa has been stolen. We already know whodunnit, but suspicion falls on one Pablo Picasso, artist - or maybe it's his pal, Guillaume Apollinaire, who has problems of his own when attacked by a one-legged corpse.

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i would like to say thank you to acedusa for guest posting today and to you as well for stopping by. 

happy reading !!! 

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