Ebooks for $0.99 are becoming the norm it appears. Even though I was at first sceptical of the model, there is no doubt that it works and drives sales. While I have for some time stuck with a set pricing structure for my own books, one point it has highlighted for me is that there is an equation between volume and price to consider, as well as placing my ebooks sensibly for new readers to hopefully discover.

It goes without saying that my ‘Free Bestseller’, as Amazon so imaginatively call it, is a free ebook. Vandalism of Words has astounded me by the number of Kindles it now resides on. 1000’s upon 1000’s of copies have been downloaded from the Kindle Store and many 1000’s more from Smashwords, Sony, Diesel and other online distributors. What surprised me the most was the positive reaction to the book and the number of fantastic reviews it has received. So while not earning money for me, it is finding readers who are new to my writing.

The next conclusion, which took no science at all to arrive at, was that the couple of ebooks I have listed at $0.99 sell very well indeed. Far out numbering sales for my full novels which list at $3.99. So with this in mind I have decided to have a 99c summer experiment. Let’s see what July and August bring.

So if you’re in the mood for a 99c Kindle summer stock up, you can get HAL, February The Fifth, Louis, Dead Men and Milo Moon for the new price. Also available at Smashwords for all types of e-readers.

Oh, and of course the free books stay free.


So 99c Works
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3 thoughts on “So 99c Works

  • 12/07/2011 at 5:12 pm

    How could anyone complain when purchasing a book for free, or 99c? And yet I suspect there are a few who will, or worse, will be put off by the whole idea of getting a work of literary excellence for damned all!

    Literary Snobs, and there are still many who inhabit book shops, only buy a Hardback version, shunning the perfectly good Paperback versions. God only knows what they think of EBooks.

    They don’t know what they’re missing Derek. :D

  • 20/07/2011 at 3:57 am

    I am a new fan who was one of those people who “bought” “Vandalism of Words” when Amazon offered it for free. I read your press release and agree they should notify you and should have notified you when they lowered the price of your books and feel perhaps Kindle/Amazon should pay you some sort of royalty, but who am I? Just a new fan, who after downloading your “free” book and am almost done reading it, bought “An Uneducated View of Sex, Food and Politics”.

    Being an avid reader, who mostly got her books from the library or Paperbackswap,com, I decided to buy the Kindle a) because I wanted it and b) because like you, the dust was winning on my bookshelf. I also knew I couldn’t afford to spend a ton on downloads, so I signed up for Pixel of Ink and other sites, just to see when books were being offered for free of cheaply, hence where I found “Vandalism of Words”.

    Again, I will reiterate, the author should get some sort of royalties, but I will say, if not for the free book offering (I read through all the descriptions, of course and avoid all romance, etc, which they offer a lot of), I never would have heard of you and never would have come back and bought another book and will be back for more of your books. Many of the free downloads I have “bought” (and I check to see if it’s part of a series, first book, etc) have made me go back and by more books by the same author. It’s a great marketing ploy and help introduce new authors to people like me, who never would have heard of you otherwise.

    Hopefully, you are selling a trillion (figure out that number yet) $0.99 books and make scads of money.

    PS-a friend self-published on Amazon and was TOLD what he had to sell his book for.


  • 12/10/2011 at 3:38 pm

    Deneen:” I decided to buy the Kindle ”

    Me: I thought those were like 300 bucks!

    Deneen : So I signed up for Pixel of Ink and other sites, just to see when books were being offered **for free of cheaply**, hence where I found “Vandalism of Words”.”

    Me: You spent $300 for Kindle but won’t spend over 99 cents for an ebook?

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