I was recently browsing through the books at http://www.smashwords.com and realised that many of the stories I was looking at didn’t allow the reader to download samples . Now, I can see why authors might feel like not doing that for a short story — the recommended 20% may seem rather a large amount or for a free story, hey — it’s free! But not to do it for novels that the reader is going to have to pay for, seems crazy to me. Or am I the only one who likes to get a good idea of what I could be paying for? I’m certainly reluctant to buy a novel without an idea of the style and language.