The initiative will offer fantasy and sci-fi readers access to free ebooks of the first book in a series, hoping to entice them into purchasing later releases in the series and build the author's fan base.
The press release said:
The books will be made available through Random House’s science fiction/fantasy portal, Suvudu.com, as well as on other content services, including Scribd.com and the Stanza ebook reader application for the iPhone.The first five free books are:
“His Majesty’s Dragon” by Naomi NovikGo here to access the Suvudu First Book Library.
“Assassin’s Apprentice” by Robin Hobb
“Settling Accounts: Return Engagement” by Harry Turtledove
“Red Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson
“Blood Engines” by T.A. Pratt