St. Louis Short Story Writer Joe Schwartz Now Giving It Up for Free

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That's his work, you dirty-minded fools.

Joe Schwartz, as some of you may recall, is an employee of the St. Louis Public Library who self-published his first short story collection Joe's Black T-Shirt: Short Stories About St. Louis last August. He planned to sell the book at readings around town and in an online e-book edition for $11.56.

The truly cheap could check the book out from the library, which purchased seventeen copies, including one which it enshrined in Special Collections.

But now the cheap and lazy can download Joe's Black T-Shirt for free.

The New York Times reported two weeks ago that more than half of Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader best-sellers were free downloads. Publishers are hoping that by giving the books away, they can hook new readers who will then spend money on the author's other work.

Schwartz hasn't published a second book yet, although he's at work on a novel.

In the meantime, head on over to Scribd.com where you can print out Joe's Black T-Shirt or download it as a PDF or text file.

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