Tokyopop will be releasing Bizenghast Book 6 by M. Alice Legrow in August.
To promote the upcoming volume and allow readers to pick up the story, Tokyopop is putting the whole series online for free (link no longer available). Smart move, since by the release of 6, it will be over a year since the last book came out in July 2008.
Of course, there is a catch. Each book will only be available for one week.
- Book 1: Now (May 15)
- Book 2: May 22
- Book 3: May 29
- Book 4: June 5
- Book 5: June 12
But at that point, they’ll start putting Book 6 online. Many other publishers wouldn’t do that — they’d think that online readers wouldn’t bother to buy if they can read it for free. Be interesting to see how well this works for the company. At this point, I can’t see what they have to lose.