Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kindle book downloads

Amazon Kindle

Although my books are all priced at $1.00 because I just want to keep things cheap and simple, they are downloaded far more often when I use Amazon's free downloads system. No surprises there I suppose, but I can guarantee downloads simply by using the freebie system.

What this freebie system does is allow the author to offer Kindle books as free downloads for any five days in a three month period. When the three month period expires, you can do it again during the next three months. So your books can be free for just over 5% of the time. I use it a lot.

But why do folk like free downloads so much more than very cheap downloads?

Simple - the free downloads get the publicity. People can be alerted to free downloads via a number of routes such as this web site, but on the whole chargeable books just sit there with Amazon's other 1.3 million Kindle books. As this number seems to be growing at about 1000 books a day, you can see what writers are up against.

Not that I'm concerned either way. I just like the idea that someone at least read the things after all that work, but you get that by writing blogs anyway. It really hits you how important publicity is. My books are a hobby and nothing special, but imagine how many great books are out there, but they aren't widely read because they don't get the publicity.

That's why the first rule of writing is to be famous or well-connected. A published author once told me that publishing is no exception to that age-old maxim - it's not what you know but who you know.

5 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...
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Mark Wadsworth said...

Wrong.

It's not "it's not what you know it's who you know" it's "It's not what you know it's whom you know".

A K Haart said...

Grammatically yes, but these are the words the guy actually used, even though I haven’t put speech marks round them.

I see this as a colloquial saying such as 'you ain’t seen nothing yet'. 'Whom' may be grammatically correct, but it changes the style socially whether we like it or not.

James Higham said...

It's the old, old story. It got to the point in Russia where nobody was buying anything or at least one person did and it was then distributed around.

A K Haart said...

James - as it's a hobby, I don't mind them being distributed.