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The first novel in my Northern Frights series is now free. It took about a month for Amazon to click it over to free after I put it up on iBooks and Smashwords for free.



It's "shipped" about 70 copies in the last hour or so. I am really curious how this will affect sales of the other two books in the series. I'm hoping in a few months to see them rise. Or will people who received a book for free see a $2.99 sequel and go, that's like way too expensive! ::)
 

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I haven't put anything on Amazon yet, so it seems from this and another thread that you can't just set a book as free, they have to do it via pricematch? Or is it some trick where you still get some royalties this way or something?
 

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andrewwrites said:
I haven't put anything on Amazon yet, so it seems from this and another thread that you can't just set a book as free, they have to do it via pricematch? Or is it some trick where you still get some royalties this way or something?
It's pricematching. Once I dropped the price to 0 on iBooks and Smashwords, I went to the link on the Draugr amazon page that says "tell us about a lower price" and put in the smashwords address. Then I wanted about a month for Amazon to recognize that it had gone free.

Up to # 269 in the free category. And "sold" 470 books. Crossing my fingers this will trickle down. Since I sold 58 copies in the first 4 months before it went free, this is a massive shift in # of books shipped.
 

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I'm planning something similar Arthur.  Best of luck! :)


-jb 8)
 

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That looks fun and I just clicked. Is it appropriate for younger readers?

BTW, I've bought 30-40 books by Kindle Board writers, but obviously, I have to be somewhat choosy, as we all do. For free books, however, there's no reason not to click away when any board member puts one up. It can't hurt, that's for sure.
 

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Arthur Slade said:
Does anyone know whether on not a free book on Amazon US eventually becomes free on Amazon UK and GE?
Somehow they work separately, so it's hard to tell. Mine went free on Amazon US and UK at the same time; now it's no longer free in the UK but still free in the US. And it was never discounted to free on DE.
 

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Laura Lond said:
Somehow they work separately, so it's hard to tell. Mine went free on Amazon US and UK at the same time; now it's no longer free in the UK but still free in the US. And it was never discounted to free on DE.
Thanks Laura, I guess I'll sit tight and wait.
 

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Just to update this. After nearly a month of being free 7402 copies have been given away.

I blogged about it here, along with my monthly number update:

http://ow.ly/5S1Ct

But here's the "free" part of the blog:

Amazing new stupendous ebook developments this month!
Okay, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement, but I have discovered that "free" sells. Or at least it leads to numerous downloads. About the middle of June I made this book free on iBooks and Smashwords:

And now it's free on Kindle (just click the above image but click right now because this offer is only good for 10-9-8 minutes--kidding, I was going all slap chop on ya). There is a trick to this because you can't actually just choose "free" on Kindle. Instead Amazon will set your price to the same as the competition. So once Amazon "noticed" that Draugr was free on other websites it automatically made it free on Amazon kindle. Even though I'd read about other people having "free" success, it isn't until you see it for yourself that you believe it. The book became free on Kindle somewhere around July 6th. Within a day it had shot up the "free" charts to as high as #52. By that time there had been 2000 downloads. In the next two days there were another 3000 downloads. Then it began to drop out of the top 100 and the downloads have slowed to about 100 a day so that the total for July is 7402 copies. To put this in perspective the book first came out in 1997 and sold 5000 copies in the space of a year. It took 4 days to "sell" that same amount for free. So Amazon's distribution model really does work (no surprise, eh). In that same time only about 80 copies were downloaded free on iBooks and 0 on Smashwords. What? You want to see a chart? Okay!

This chart shows the # of total sales I've made in the last six months (it's the tiny column second from the right) and the green column is the total free books I've given away. Now how to get those "free" people to buy books? Ah, there's the rub and the dub (and why I did the little experiment). I hope that over time there will be an increase in the sales of the other two books in the series:

Aren't they cute? Don't you just want to take them home and cuddle them (on your eReader that is)? Anyway, my theory is that this massive # of downloads will lead to more sales of these two books in the next few months as people read Draugr. Or those thousands of copies of Draugr might sit unloved on people's kindles. Poor electronic words...just waiting to be read. I was pleasantly surprised that there was an immediate increase: Drang sold 4 copies in June and jumped to 18 copies in July on Kindle. Loki sold 7 copies in June and leapfrogged to 16 copies in July on Kindle. So that's a nice increase for both the books. Obviously, I'm not going to get rich from that (it is an extra $69.36 in my pocket, tho, since I make 2.04 per book--they sell for $2.99).
 
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