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Free Books on Amazon?

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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.

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About Deanna Proach

  • Book Marketing

    Amazon doesn’t lift your book’s sale-rank anymore when you give your book for free. Once you change your book as paid version, Amazon doesn’t consider your book’s earlier ranking (when it was free).

    But, there are many good points why you should run “free campaigns”. For example, you get reviews. That’s huge.

    Yes, you are right that something what is free is often perceived as “not so valuable”.

  • http://desstories.blogspot.com Deanna Proach

    @Book Marketing. I totally agree with the free campaigns because they are a great way to spread the word about your book, and gain reviews in the process (I’m currently needing reviews for my novel, ‘To be Maria’). I just don’t see the point in listing it for free on Amazon when there are so many better ways to promote it.