I have just released into the wild a book that has never been on sale in this country-I bought it in the UK for 2 dollars equivalent, charity shop-as good as free. There is no way I would or could have paid the $25 cover price for someone of whom I had never heard. My "free read" so impressed me that I have asked the biggest bookshop around here to find me anything else by the same author-these will be full-price transactions. Where is the loss to the author in this? I have a row of books behind me by one author-his books themselves and the spin-offs in his name total about 35, maybe more-£500.00, maybe, about $1,000. I met him as a free book - wouldn't have tried him at all in a full-price situation. Following up my recommendation, three friends of mine buy his work regularly-at full price. Could someone explain to me how the author has lost out from this one free book that seeded my collection? I would think if anything he would be grateful for it. It might, I suppose, be harmful to an author whose work is so mediocre no reader would recommend it.
P.S. - the Rolex reference was just for argument-I dont own one,genuine ORfake.