I don’t know if this is a new trend or an old, traditional method of book marketing, but I have noticed several new authors who have listed their books for free on Amazon for a limited time. Not all of these authors’ books are self-published either.
It’s okay to donate a few copies of your book to a charity of your choice, or give a copy away to a loved one as a gift, but list it on Amazon for free? Your sales rank will go up dramatically because people will flock to your listing to download your book for obvious reasons.
Here’s the thing, though: Not every person is going to download a free copy of your e-book. In fact, there are many people in this world who won’t purchase a free book/e-book because “free” or “too cheap” to them means that the book is poorly written and, in general, isn’t any good. For that reason, they won’t waste their time reading your book.
Your book may be wonderfully written and extremely captivating, but listing it for free on Amazon, even for a limited time, isn’t going to help boost sales or build your name and reputation as an author. It’s your book, your career; you spent years, labouring hard to build it up, so don’t sell yourself short.