Hot on the heels of Radiohead's In Rainbows, Random House is offering Charles Bock's debut novel, Beautiful Children as a free download (for a limited time...).
I wouldn't have read the book otherwise, and now that it's sitting on my desktop in PDF format, I'm still not sure how far through I'll get (400+ pages of screen reading may take some time). Reading the comments on the Millions makes me think I won't make it past chapter one. Who knows.
The thing about free books is, it's not new. There's this place in every town that gives you books for free. It's called a library. That's if you can find the books amongst the internet terminals, magazines, sheet music, CDs, and computer games.