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99 Cent or Free eBooks? I Won’t

When someone goes to work, they expect to be paid a fair amount for their work. When an artist creates a work of art, they expect to be paid for the work they have done. So why would an author work for months on a book only to sell it for 99 cents or just give it away for free? I won’t do that.

Sure, I’ll do the occasional promotion where I’ll drop the price to 99 cents, but never free. I want to be paid for the work I did. I’ll never keep a book at 99 cents, either. That is unless it’s one of my first books in a series and I’m comfortable with reducing it to that price. But I can’t guarantee it.

So why won’t I do this? It turns out, from what I’ve heard, that offering free books may get more downloads, but they’re unlikely to be read much. When people buy books, they will read them. A freebie is just that. Something they’ll put on their Kindle and forget about it. Low priority.

With that said, I do download free books, but I want to give back to that author in the form of a review. If I really liked the book, I may buy a print copy. I like physical books, because I’m a bit of a collector.

So, permanently low price or free book? No. I want to be paid for my work. Low price promotional copies? Yes. It’ll boost my visibility and hopefully drive regular price sales. I will have to experiment, though.

How do you feel about free or 99 cent books? Let me know in the comments.

What’s wrong with getting an eBook for nothing?

Whenever you download and read a free eBook, you should write a review. That’s what I do. Any time I’ve read a free eBook, I post a review on here and on Goodreads (and I should on Amazon). In the future, if they have the book available in print through Createspace, I do plan to buy it. I’m a book collector, and I love my books.

When I publish my books, I will likely set a reasonable price, say around $3.99, which is pretty common. Will I do free promotional giveaways? Unlikely. I’ll do promotional discounts, though. Most likely about $0.99 for a limited time. From what I’ve read, free eBooks usually aren’t read, but people who see a cheap deal and pay for it, will likely read it and quite possibly leave a review. At least that’s what I would hope.

Anyway, read the full post and comment there.

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Everything, that’s what!!!

The fact that today’s readers of eBooks demand it must be free or on offer as part of an all you can read for x number of dollars per month package deal, is just so wrong!

Face it people, when you go to your supermarket to get your groceries, or to any other retail outlet you care to name, do you get what you want for nothing? No of course not. So why should you expect to get a book for free? I’ve heard some people claim it should be free because an eBook isn’t a real book, only an electronic file. Good grief morons, try engaging your brains for once in your lives! These same idiots argue that they should be able to download their favourite music for free as well. I have just two words on that subject – Taylor Swift!!!

Thanks to Amazon belabouring…

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New Book! Free Book!

One of my regular participants in Authors Answer, H. Anthe Davis, has recently published her third novel, The Living Throne. And to celebrate, she’s giving away a little gift:

Book 1 of the War of Memory Cycle: The Light of Kerrindryr

I recommend you check this book out, The Light of Kerrindryr. It’s the first novel of The War of Memory Cycle, a fantasy series that I’m anxious to start reading myself. Best of all, it’s free for a few days, so I recommend getting it and reviewing it.

H. Anthe Davis is also big on worldbuilding.  This is something I love doing, as well. Her blog has a lot of worldbuilding posts and pages to explore. It’s all very fascinating.

Congratulations on the third book!

The best list ever : learn almost everything for FREE !

Great list of free learning resources! Check them out. I haven’t seen a list this extensive and well-organised before.

Vaste programme !

One day while I was browsing Tumblr, I found a G R E A T list of totally free resources to learn almost everything. I decided to republish it for you to enjoy that. A million thanks to girl-havoced.

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The Absolute Indie

For those of you who don’t know what you’re doing with self-publishing, I found a blog post that is very useful. In fact, it goes through what this person did to do everything. No paid help. All free resources. Most of the help comes in the form of eBooks, but that’s perfectly fine. What’s another book to read? Check it out.

Lit World Interviews

When I first decided to self-publish my books I had no intention of doing every little thing myself. I planned on paying for editing and formatting, and buying my cover designs. I had a rude awakening when I discovered that living in Zimbabwe, as I was at the time, meant that I had no access to PayPal, who sanction that country, and from what I could see back then, that was the only way to pay.

I had page numbers, headers and footers, indents and lots of other fancy bits and pieces in my original manuscript and no clue as to what formatting even meant. Seeing other writer’s beautiful covers all over, my heart sank because I knew that I could never create such things. It was the most frustrating feeling in the world until I discovered a few free resources that meant I could do it all myself. None…

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Free or 99 Cents?

I have a brief question for you. If you were to sell your first novel of a series at a reduced price, would you set the price as permanently free or 99 cents?

Recently, I saw someone do an experiment to see which method creates more income and sales of later books in the series. Surprisingly, he did better with the price set at 99 cents. His thoughts were that people are more likely to read a book they paid for than a book they got for free. And this investment in the 99 cent book leads to a greater commitment, not only to the one book, but also to the second book. He saw a greater profit and higher sales.

This is only one case. What do you think?