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RE: Follow-up on rock band's interesting IP experiment

Worth reading the next paragraph too:

" The album, the first in four years from the closely watched 
British rock act, sold 122,000 copies in the United States, 
according to Nielsen SoundScan. That represents a mixed result 
for the band. It's a sharp drop compared with the debut of 
Radiohead's previous album, 2003's "Hail to the Thief," but it's 
far from a flop, considering the steep decline in music sales in 
the last four years and the typically weak sales in the 
post-Christmas period. "Thief" sold about 300,000 in its first 
week in 2003."

To put it in context with one of our own experiences. One of our 
best-selling book series published a new edition in December. 
This time around we received funding to assist in covering the 
publishing costs so we put the e-book out for free (as opposed to 
Radiohead's pay-what-you-like system). Print sales are running at 
about 66% of the previous edition's sales.

Toby Green
OECD Publishing

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Sent: 11 January, 2008 2:41 AM
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Subject: Follow-up on rock band's interesting IP experiment

>From today's NY Times:

"In a twist for the music industry's digital revolution, 'In 
Rainbows,' the new Radiohead album that attracted wide attention 
when it was made available three months ago as a digital download 
for whatever price fans chose to pay, ranked as the top-selling 
album in the country this week after the CD version hit record 
shops and other retailers."

Full article:


Bernie Sloan