jack the knife wrote:
..... But when I hear of authors bragging about how well their free book is "selling" on Amazon, I cringe. Hello. Free means those who download it don't put any value on it, and are only downloading it to be read when there's nothing else to do - maybe) because it's free.
This is topical, I was discussing the subject with a friend yesterday. The truth is that I really don't understand the e-book pricing on Amazon?
Okay, this is Amazon UK and UK Authors that I'm referring to, but I think the principle is same as the USA.
For example Kerry Fisher's. 'The Silent Wife' is a recent bestseller over here. It's in the bookstore window displays in paperback form for the standard £8.50 ($10.00 USD) and it is flying off the shelf.
However, it is concurrently sold at .99 pence on Amazon UK as a Kindle download.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Wife-gr … rds=ebooks
For some strange psychological reason I can't read a novel on a screen. My kindle is used as a mouse mat and I need the paper and print. However, I was pleased to pay my $10 for the book and friends who can get on with the screen reading say they'd happily part with £5 for the Kindle download, considering it a bargain at that price.
Why is it 99p for a proven bestseller?
Claire Douglas, does it differently. A strategy I can at least understand. She's a UK bestselling Author with a highly anticipated new novel that was recently released, 'Last Seen Alive'... She follows this with the free Kindle download of a short story, 'The Text' as a kind of taster/teaser. I'm sure it will promote a lot of interest in her other 'normally' priced novels.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Text-Claire-Do … rds=ebooks
There's also the other trend. Some of the naff free stuff became so popular, because it is so bad, that now it sells for big money. Like charging voyeurs to gawp at the train wreck.
https://www.amazon.com/ANTIGUA-Land-Fai … nise+Ellis