I want all that free shit!
When it comes to selling ebooks, there is one salient factor to consider. It is that ‘free shit’ ebooks sell much, much better than ones that actually cost money. Here, sell is, of course, a redundant verb, as selling does not enter the equation when something is free shit.
I have a long list of ebooks available on Amazon and other retailers, but I do have one old, ancient, out of date, hardly worth reading in fact, ebook that is often free. Yet it is, according to Amazon, iBooks and others, ‘bought‘ extremely regularly every day. In fact, it is my best seller! It even has a best seller rank on Amazon! Well, whooppee bloody doopee.
This has led me to an obvious conclusion. It is that some people don’t give a rat’s arse as to what they download, buy or acquire, so long as it is free.
This is a relic mentality from the Internet of the 90’s, yet it persists. The Internet is all about free stuff. Yep, go collect free porn!
Well, I have something to say about this. Yes, my free ebook is out of date, stale, old, long-tailed and hardly worth reading, but you know what? I’m sick to the back teeth of those who think that everything in life should be free. Try getting free electricity, or buying a free coffee.
But if you are really into free shit, simply from the point of view of collecting free shit because it’s free shit, get in quick. Because I’ve had enough of offering free shit, for those who simply collect free shit, because it’s free shit.
As a sign of my angst against this free shit mentality, I’m going to change the price of this out-of-date, redundant ebook from free to a whole damn $0.99, and then I’ll watch the downloads stop.
I’ve had enough of giving away my work to addicts of collecting free shit, and probably never bother reading it anyway. Or worse, as I have discovered to my chagrin, those who can only repay my generosity by way of a scathing one-star troll review on Amazon.
I think it’s time to say, enough free shit is enough free shit.