As an independent author I have a lot of freedom. I can often decide where my work appears, when it appears and how much it costs.
After Omnibus has lived in Mobipocket.com's top three science fiction books for a year I've decided that the First Light Chronicles Omnibus (not just Freeground, the first book), will be free from now on, but only on Smashwords and sites they distribute to such as Barnes and Noble.
Why Smashwords? It's simple. They have a growing presence in the North American market, an easy to use interface, and their conversion system provides for all eBook formats.
The difference between this and the Amazon / Mobipocket version is that it doesn't include menus. I suggest using bookmarks or word search, that's what I do when I run into a book without menus.
Smashwords will most likely add the ability to set up menus and I'll add them then.
The real point here is that every user with every type of reader can enjoy a copy of the entire Omnibus for free. Will other Spinward Fringe books become available for free at a later date? No. There's a great deal of free content out there right now and it's easy to find. Besides, I have to make a living somehow, right?
Here are some details on the First Light Chronicles Omnibus in case you're unfamiliar with it.
Smashwords is offering the First Light Chronicles Omnibus in these formats:
Online HTML reader
Online Java reader
Kindle / Mobipocket (mobi format)
Epub (Stanza, other)
Other free eBooks include the Dark Arts Short and Spinward Fringe Strange Horizons and Close Encounters.
Work continues on the latest Spinward Fringe novel, it's been a blast so far.