Since Ain't No Sunshine has been free on Amazon two weeks ago, it has been downloaded almost 43k times. Can I count those as sales? Or do I just have to say 43k downloads?
If I stood on a street corner giving hard covers to everyone I knew, do you think that'd count as a sale? Or how about if I wrote up an agent saying I'd "sold" fifty thousand copies of a novel, only for them to find out every single dang one was for free? You think they'd take me seriously? I am grateful for every reader who gives me their time to read my novel, but I'm not going to pretend they gave me money, nor use it to inflate actual sales numbers. Let's face it: freebie sales are easy to get once Amazon makes it happen. Quality has very, very, very little to do with those sales, because I've seen what the freebie devourers are like (my wife is one). If it's a freebie, 99% of the time, it's downloaded the second one of the many websites devoted to freebies throws it up on the front page.Sybil Nelson said:Since Ain't No Sunshine has been free on Amazon two weeks ago, it has been downloaded almost 43k times. Can I count those as sales? Or do I just have to say 43k downloads?
I agree with this.Half-Orc said:Simply put: when everyone reads sales, they think paid sales, so the second you try to include freebies in regular sales you'll come across as dishonest, naive, or deceptive. Tell me you sold 20,000 books at $2.99? I'll be impressed. Tell me you had 20k freebie downloads? Congratz, you made your book free on B&N and Amazon noticed. Both are useful. Both can be leveraged into greater sales, exposure, reviews, etc.
Bravo. I track everthing if its in a reader's hands. If it didn;t come through a "transaction", I count them in a seperate bucket, and don;t include them in the numbers in circulation. I also do not include my Operation eBook Drop transactions (I track them), but those are "puses" out to the troops and not "takes" from the vast readership pool. It's really a matter of whether an author is more into sheckles than readers - as for the honesty factor, it doesn't wash. There's nothing wrong with making money at this - many do. I like paying my electric bill every month with a trickle of coinage that comes my way. But as an author who offered his books for free for years with NO takers, when a reader comes to my door - even with cash in hand, they can put their wallet away. Personally, it doesn;t matter to me. Going back to your point, it's entirely personal.modwitch said:I think that how you count them is entirely personal.