The ground-breaking publisher of Baen Books, Jim Baen, has passed away. He died on June 28th after a stroke suffered on June 12th.
For his obituary, see http://www.david-drake.com/baen.html.
Baen books is a leader (The leader) in the electronic book. Jim Baen pioneered a model whereby he gives away books, to get people to read (and buy) more of them. He has discovered numerous authors and kept others afloat while the industry pined. He will be missed.