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Oprah’s online freebie makes for good publicity

As the debate about whether to publish on the Internet continues to rage in publishing houses and ivory towers across North America, Oprah’s latest stunt is adding fuel to the fire.

Last week, author Suze Orman made her book Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny available free on Oprah’s website for a period of 33 hours. More than 1.1 million copies were downloaded. Even so, the book remains a bestseller and ranks No. 6 on Amazon.com.