One Story author Kelly Link has announced that Small Beer Press, which she runs with the indominable Gavin Grant, will once again be breaking new ground in the publishing world. Starting today, Small Beer will be offering free downloads of John Kessel’s latest collection, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories. The Baum Plan includes Kessel’s Tiptree Award winning “Stories for Men” (gender inequality meets Fight Club…on the moon), “Pride and Prometheus,” a mash-up of Frankenstein and Jane Austen, and “Powerless,” an amazing mix of pulp fiction, paranoia, and academia.
Could this be the future of publishing? In July 2005 Small Beer Press released Kelly Link’s first collection, Stranger Things Happen, online under a Creative Commons license. It has since been downloaded more than 50,000 times.
To dowload (or buy a paper copy) of John Kessel’s collection, go here.