May 23, 2004 · Lessig
I’ve been getting tons of angry email about something nice I said on Screensavers. I don’t remember just what I said, but I apparently praised Tor Books for innovativeness with ebook publishing — e.g., with Cory‘s books.
This led angry fans of Baen Books to write to complain that Baen was far better than Tor. (One fan was so angry that he bought me a trial subscription to Baen — just the sort of criticism I love best!).
I apologize to Baen fans, for I certainly don’t intend to criticize the amazingly innovative business model of Baen (which nicely mixes free and non, and strongly encourages new authors). And I respect greatly your loyalty. When’s the last time a fan of Sony Records wrote to criticize praise of EMI? (Who was the last fan of Sony Records?)