What do you think about free books? We writers are always debating the topic. Many of us put the first book in a long series free, hoping that it’ll entice readers to follow up and buy the rest of the series. Other authors do occasional sales where they’ll set a book free.
However, lately there has been some debate about whether freebies are such a great idea. Lots of readers download so many freebies that they’ll never ever finish them all. Sometimes readers who really don’t like a particular type of book download it simply because it’s free and then write scathing reviews… maybe they have a beef against Christianity, but they download a free Christian book and then are shocked by its religious content. I am not kidding.
Some analysts theorize that readers who like free books are somehow different from readers who readily spend the money for a full-priced book; it’s been said that these “free book Friedas” won’t ever become true fans, but will simply move on to the next author who offers books free.
One thing is for sure: there are enough free books at Amazon alone that you’d never have to pay money for a book again, and you could still read a book a day.
So I’m curious: what are your reading patterns regarding free books? Do you download too many? Read all you download? Avoid them? Only read free books? Do they lead you to the next book in the series, even if that book is $3.99 or $4.99?
One reason I’m asking: the two books above have been free for a couple of years… and I”m about to take them back up to full price. So if you haven’t read them and you DO like free books… now’s the time to find them on your favorite online retailer, and download them. Here are the Amazon links:
Thanks so much for adding your input about free books below–I really value it! And hey…. don’t forget to enter our big Back to School Bash… today is the last day!