A little over a week ago, I offered up a link for downloading the completed series, Omnitarium.
People were free to download the series, read it, share it, do what ever they wanted. If they felt inclined, they could leave a tip via a PayPal donation button on the site, but there was never any obligation to do so.
So, how did the experiment fare?
In terms of generating views to the site, it was a big success.
The posting regarding the project garnered more views in the one week it has been up than the next most viewed posting has managed in two and half years.
The total views, at time of writing, stands at 478.
Downloads floated around the 10% mark (+/- a couple of percent) and as of now the book has seen 61 downloads.
Donations, as of now, stand at x2 very generous and very happily received (thank you both!).
I posted about the experiment on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ - with Twitter proving most successful in terms of re-sharing the posting.
DeviantArt proved to be the least successful, in terms of sharing. As far as I could tell, no downloads came from posting there.
I should note, however, that I posted multiple times on Twitter, and engaged with other creators, pros, followers and news sites (all of whom, I thank for helping spread the word).
I also received a notice on the website The Comics Reporter, in a run down of comic news for the day.
So far I have not heard back from anyone who downloaded the series as to whether or not they liked it.
What did I learn from this?
Not everybody wants something for free.
Twitter can be a very effective tool for spreading news.
Even with free things, creating can be a vacuum.
I'm going to keep the link up for as long as it wants to stay around, but I'll not be posting links and updates about it any more.
Thank you all, and I hope that some of you, if not all, enjoyed the book somewhat!