Whether to offer books for free—for a short period—is a topic of much discussion among authors. When we reissue our older books or self-publish new ones in ebook format, we do our own promotion, and that involves making decisions. Frankly, I find the idea of giving away my books scary.
Here are the drawbacks:
- Readers who paid for a book, even if it’s only 99 cents or $2.99, may be offended.
- Readers might refrain from buying a book in the hope that it will be given away.
- Some readers get the mistaken idea that because a book is free, that means the rights to the book are public. Piracy is a big enough problem already!
- It draws in new readers for other books.
- It bumps a book higher in the Amazon search engines. Since more people can find it, more copies sell even after it’s no longer free.
- Because there are no printing or shipping charges, the author can do readers a favor with no direct expense.
She used to be a ballerina…
At the height of her success, Kerry Guthrie’s career was cut short by an accident. Now she’s on her feet again, teaching young dancers and hoping for a comeback…until she butts heads with the policeman father of her 15-year-old star student, and feels a new kind of spark.
If you’d like to read By Leaps and Bounds, you can download it free at By Leaps and Bounds Amazon. Don’t own a Kindle? You can download a free app for your computer, iPad or Android tablet, or smartphone here: Free Kindle App.
By the way, while reading on a phone sounds ridiculous, I’ve been glad to have my app when I was unexpectedly stuck somewhere with nothing to read.
Will this be worth it? Will I regret it? We’ll see! Meanwhile, if you haven’t read By Leaps and Bounds, I hope you’ll give it a try. Thanks!