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Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:19 am
by Marycv
I have heard from quite a bit of people to sell ebooks for free, it will help with my sales. I really don't understand this concept. Amazon is the only site I know of that does it for free. I spoke to an author, and she said not to do it free. Most people download it because it is free, but later end up deleting it. The author sees a huge spike in downloads, because it is free, and they get too overwhelmed because of that. Do you agree with what this author said? Has having free books helped your sales? I am curious to know.

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:42 am
by pls

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:27 am
by Premm
Promoting eBooks for free helps for promoting everything without any cost. As we know that people may like the book and go viral. In such cases , authors can have good advantage and sell their book for maximum level.

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:11 pm
by Oldtimer
My two books on Smashwords evoked several page views, but no paid-for downloads (even at 99c) so I decided to offer them free for a period, say to the end of August. In four days I've had 12 downloads of one book and six of the other. I haven't any plans to write more stories in that genre but maybe I should, and leave these two stories up for free to keep my pseudonym "out there". What do you think?

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:55 am
by pls

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:19 am
by Oldtimer

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:26 pm
by pls

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:39 am
by Oldtimer
Thank you again, pls. I'll take my Smashwords' format guide with me on holiday and borrow my sister's computer then I can publish my stories on Amazon from England. It doesn't matter if I screw up. I'll put things right in November. :)

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:04 am
by SangitaSingh
So far I haven't launched my book for free but am planning for some freebies (or to make it free for some period) but I'm really confused whether its good or bad idea. Once it is free, people expectations will be high and wait for the free books, no? Or, I'm just pondering in the wrong way?

Re: Why promote ebooks for free

PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:06 am
by pls