bestsellersA very simple blog post for me today. Just a copy of today’s best selling Fiction & Literature on Amazon. Check the number of free books in the list. Then the number of Kindle books. Then look at number 10. The first real book in the list.

The next real book appears at number 20 then at 29.

Of the top 50 best selling books, 21 books are free Kindle books. Now, I don’t want to be seen as a party pooper here, but since when can a FREE BOOK be a BEST SELLER? It hasn’t been sold. It’s a give away.

It seems clear to me. Write for free and only publish electronically.

So, now I can only hope my local supermarket joins in the fun and has food for free too!

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5 thoughts on “Should I Write For Free?

  • 15/02/2010 at 2:57 pm

    I agree. Totally. Nobody will write anything again if that's the case. Well, unless they're deranged…

  • 15/02/2010 at 4:02 pm

    The world economy had send dairy farmers broke by the 10,000s. wWhy not author?. Not nearly as useful as farmers!

  • 16/02/2010 at 4:57 am

    I've taken a bit of flack from some authors for selling my book for .99 per download on Amazon. (Hey, at least I'm not giving them away!) However, I'm selling SO many more at that price than I was when they were $1.59 (60 whole cents difference!), that I'm making actual hundreds of dollars per month, instead of tens. (No kidding!)

    If you're interested in my own (somewhat less than scientific) market research on this, check out this blog post, in which I do a price comparison between three authors' ebooks:

    So, let's see, should I raise my prices? Um, duh! :)

  • 16/02/2010 at 10:51 am

    I think the price issue is one thing. But classing $0.00 books as bestsellers is wrong.

    I worry however, that selling an e-book version for $0.99 demeans the value of the hard copy. This issue is going to be with us for some time I think.

  • 16/02/2010 at 4:29 pm

    This is stunning to me. I get the Publisher's Lunch from Publishers Marketplace and they give the Kindle Bestsellers–I had no idea the free and cheap were part of lists.

    I'm a statistician by day, and I feel like what they need is 3 lists… a free, a 'lost leader priced' and a regular priced. It's the only way to be able to compare apples to apples, so to speak.

    I don't entirely disagree with a lost leader when an author is trying to tempt readers to buy MORE of their books–it's a classic marketing gimmick, but I agree with the risk of the venture… if too much is available that way, it becomes what it's valued, instead of a great, limited-time deal. Seems it should only be used as part of a long term strategy, and only one book given that way.

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