Making written works available free, is IMO harmful to both the Indie author and the industry.
Many people believe you get what you pay for. The worker is worthy of his/her hire. Not much is free in this world, why should your work be free?
If you just want to get your work out there, keep in mind that a freebie is a potentially lost sale to a serious reader, and your book if looked at will
serve to evaluate you as a writer. Therefore your freebie should be very carefully edited, and be your best work.
I have seen freebies referred to as sales. A free giveaway is not a sale. There is a world of difference.
To my mind, if a person doesn't think enough of their reading to spend a few dollars on it, they need not read my work. On the other hand, I gift ebooks to people I want to read them. And, I will gift an ebook on request.
People, please keep in mind we are in the USA, where the minimum wage ix now $7.25 per hour, and so an ebook price of $2.99 is less than half an hour's work. Do you really feel your work is not even worth so little?
To read my work you must repeat must pay a (very) minimal fee. Or, request the book. Get it generally free- forget it! No way Jose!
Many sales to all Indie authors.