I have an informal poll for you this morning.
How do you feel about writers releasing their material online as "patronage-ware"? (That’s what I call it when someone puts up a story or novel without requiring payment for the download, while asking people to pay whatever they think their entertainment was worth to them.)
Have you/would you pay a writer directly after reading the whole book for free online, or do you refuse to pay for anything that doesn’t come on dead tree from Borders or Amazon.com?
I’m putting up an anonymous click poll to gauge the winds out there, but feel free to respond with a comment as well, if you have thoughts to share. You have two votes. If you participate, please choose one of the Pay/No Pay options, and then one of the “…and” answers on the purchase of the paper version.
(Note: I’m still very much going the traditional route to publication, but I’ve been thinking that the traditional way and the Doctorow method are not mutually exclusive. In the past, I’ve purchased the paper versions of free-to-read ebooks I’ve found online–John Scalzi, Cherie Priest, and David Weber in particular–and I’m pretty sure that others would do the same.)
(Note the Second: This poll is anonymous, and n0body else can see how or if you voted, not even this humble scribe.)