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Monday, July 19, 2010

Free Kindle Downloads - How Do You Feel about Them?

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Recently, my publisher offered a free Kindle download on Amazon for a one-week campaign. I saw advantages and disadvantages to it. Now that the campaign is over, I'd like to offer a few of my thoughts and get your input. 

Main Advantage
People love free things and there are tons of blogs and tweeters out there promoting ANYTHING that's free. I didn't realize how many blogs and Tweeters until we ran this campaign. People I've never heard of were tweeting and blogging about my book--just because it was free. The result? I sold lots of print copies on Amazon--not just free Kindle downloads. My sales rankings were the best they've been since the book was released. Lots of people heard about my book that might have never heard about it if it hadn't been for this campaign. 

One Disadvantage
The only disadvantage I noticed were reviews from Kindle readers who would have otherwise not picked up my book if they'd had to pay for it--probably because it isn't one of their favorite subgenres. When someone gives a review of a book they wouldn't normally read anyway, it does make me wonder about the bias of that review. It's hard to make someone who dislikes historicals, enjoy an historical. That's the bottom line. But because it's free and they have nothing to lose, they'll read it or make the attempt. If they can't resist writing a review, is that review pre-biased? 

What are your thoughts? Do you download free books on Kindle? Do you read genres you otherwise wouldn't try if you don't have to pay for them? If so, have you found new authors you like and will pay for in the future? 

In my case, the number of sales I received outweighs the few "not so favorable reviews", because there weren't that many, and I'm so thankful for that. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts. 


I'm one of those who downloaded the free kindle book. I just downloaded the new kindle app for my droid and was anxious to try it out. I might not have purchased the book previously, but you can be sure I'll be looking for your new titles and telling my friends about the book - LOVED IT.
Eileen S.

I truly enjoy the free downloads of inspirational books. I take advantage of this opportunity because I'd like to get to know more about the author's style and genre, as well as the author themself. I always look for them on Facebook and become friends if possible; as well as Twitter and begin to follow the blogs...which leads to other books, authors and blogs. I'm a beginner to writing although I've had a yen to write for years. My life has been dramatic and traumatic and I've frequently been told that I ought to write a book!! LOL So, I'm going to learn from the best I can find. Thanks for asking the question. We're also friends on Facebook and Twitter and I'm anxious to read your works. Keep up your talented work.

You are blessed,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com