New publishing model – read book online for free, buy print copy cheap

ITEM:Rice University in Houston will today announce plans to relaunch its Rice University Press -- a money-losing venture that went out of business 10 years ago -- under a new all-digital model. Although the new press will solicit and edit manuscripts the old-fashioned way, it won't produce traditional books. The publishing house will instead post works online at a new Web site, where people can read a full copy of the book free. They can also order a regular, bound copy from an on-demand printer, at a cost far less than picking up the book in a store.
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