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Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:21 pm
by Spinners
Does anyone know the secret to pricing a self-published eBook on Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to sell for FREE? While Amazon will only allow me to self-publish an eBook for $0.99 minimum; yet, countless websites will promote your FREE Amazon eBook for free! So, what gives? Amazon could not really explain it to my satisfaction. Do I have to sign-up for that Kindle Exclusive ePub service that grants Amazon exclusive rights? I hope others in this Forum know exactly what I mean and a work-around for it. Very annoying! Last, I should say I am not looking to price my debut book as perma-free. Hopefully, this is not an Amazon requirement in order to have the privilege to price one's eBook as FREE?

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:02 am
by cynicalwanderer
As I recall when I tried to do this, Amazon will set your book to free only if it sees it listed as free elsewhere. The process seemed somewhat arcane and I couldn't be bothered fiddling around with it in the end. That was a while ago, things might have changed by now.

Other than that, I believe the KDP program lets you set 5 free days within every few months as part of a promotion, and I've done that a number of times. Really rockets up the downloads too.

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:24 pm
by Brien Sz
I am not a personal believer in 'free'. I understand people may want to get the 'word' out on their book but if you want to be considered a professional, you don't work for free. Can you discount, absolutely, but free, never. I've juggled a few hats in my day, but I never did any of them for free. Once you start offering free, people will expect it. Set your standards high - discount here and there but be royalty not the peasant.

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:23 pm
by Spinners
Thanks for the advice...will consider and look into these things.

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:03 am
by williamadams

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:08 am
by williamadams

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:58 pm
by Brien Sz
The family and friends option is almost instantly noticeable. You can tell because within a weeks time maybe two, a barrage of 4 and 5 star reviews swamp the book - by swamp, I mean 10+ or 20+in that time frame. This is almost unheard of from lesser known writers. Pay attention to review dates, it generally gives it away.

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:30 am
by pls
The only free Kindle book I have is the first in a series of six. It has garnered a fair amount of reviews and downloads - one day alone someone downloaded 200 copies, and I have no idea why.

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:30 pm
by Oldtimer

Re: Free Kindle eBooks...But Not Me?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:21 pm
by cynicalwanderer