Is the jury still out on the value of free books?
September 22, 2014
It is for me.
Let me tell you a story.
A few years ago I wrote a book which I entitled The Sickle’s Compass. Later, I re-branded it with the title The Warrior with Alzheimer’s: The Battle for Justice. Last year it received a starred review on Kirkus Reviews and later Kirkus Reviews named it one of the best books of 2013.
Not too shabby.
I like the original title better. However, I realize a lot of people don’t recognize the title as a reference to one of Shakespeare’s sonnets. “Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle’s compass come.”
That’s another story.
Anyway to get on with this blog, I know a lot of writers are conflicted with the notion of free books.
I am, too.
However, since The Warrior with Alzheimer’s had not found a large audience, I decided what the hell, I’ll put it back on KDP Select and use my five free days to give it away to a few folks. At least they’ll have the books on their ereaders and a few of them may get around to reading it one of these days, I thought.
Best Sellers in Legal Thrillers
So right now, the book is sitting at number one on Amazon’s legal thriller best seller list in the free store.
I like it whenever one of my books is number one on any list.
If you’d like to check it out and pick up a free copy, you’ll have to do so today (Monday) because today is my last free day for a while, if not forever. Just click on the book’s cover to go to its page on Amazon.
But the question I raise is whether free still has any power left.
A few years ago it did.
These days the jury is out.
I hope it still holds a little wallop when the book reverts to the paid store tomorrow, but I’m not holding my breath.
But, at the very least, I will have the comfort of knowing that a few thousand people now have my book on their devices.
Maybe a few of them will eventually get around to reading it.