New web service publishes books online for free

Historians in the News

A new concept in web-based publishing, Libertary provides free books to readers through direct links from blogs and other websites, allowing them to enrich their offering with the in-depth reading experience that only a good book can provide. The idea is to support online communities while broadening readership for Libertary’s books.

Take Mike Gray’s Drug Crazy, a history of America’s misguided and ineffective war on drugs, which is considered a leading work by those who seek repeal of drug prohibition and its replacement by a more humane and effective policy. The entire book is now available for free online reading at www.libertary.com/books/drug-crazy.
Libertary, the web site hosting the book, provides free online books, not limited to public domain works. The site presents current books containing timely, important information, such as Gray’s Drug Crazy, which traces the politicized, fear-driven development of the drug criminalization establishment. Gray has added a new introduction for the Libertary edition as well as a video appendix.

Libertary’s second free online work is Fatal Flaw: A True Story of Malice and Murder in Small Southern Town. Author Phillip Finch recounts the history of the trial and conviction of Tommy Zeigler, who has spent more than 30 years on Florida’s Death Row for multiple killings and whom the state of Florida still seeks to execute. Fatal Flaw explores deep flaws in the prosecution’s case—reinforced by evidence that emerged post-trial that casts even greater doubt on the verdict. Found at www.libertary.com/books/fatal-flaw, Fatal Flaw makes a compelling call for correction of a dangerous injustice.

“There are many excellent, informative books that have not yet reached many of the readers who could enjoy and learn from them,” explains Kenneth Shear, publisher and CEO. “Websites and blogs need interesting, informative content for the online communities that they have built. In Libertary’s first month, we’re already seeing very intense interest. We have dozens of books in the pipeline in history and other genres. Because of our commitment to free online books, our business model depends upon developing new revenue sources to support authors, publishers, and our site.”

Visit book pages on Libertary.com and see how the future of publishing is using FREE content to bring readers and books together online.


Ken Shear, Publisher (Info@Libertary.com)
Alice Porter, Managing Editor (Editorial@Libertary.com)

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