There is a joke about two economists walking along a crowded street. The one economist says to the other, “Hey, look, there’s 20 bucks on the sidewalk.” The second economist keeps walking and doesn’t even look down. He responds, “You know that’s impossible because if there were 20 bucks on the ground, somebody would have picked it up already.”
While libertarians like to say that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL), sometimes there really are free lunches. When the government promotes something, it is done at the expense of others through the use of force.
But there are win-win situations where everyone can benefit. That is what the free market is all about. In this case, I present to you a win-win situation, and it is like a free lunch for you.
You get a free e-book, and I get “sales”. Even though I don’t make any royalties off of the free book “sales”, they still help the ranking on Amazon. So you are doing me a favor if you accept this free e-book. It’s win-win. It’s not like the government where a few people win and most everybody else loses.
If you are reading this after April 30, 2017, you can still buy the e-book for just $3.49. And if you are someone who needs to hold a book in your hands, then you can order the paperback for $7.99.
Take your free lunch. I didn’t have to force anybody to cough up money so that you can have your free e-book.