Why You Should Not Give Your eBook Away For Free
By Justin Charnell
So you're thinking of giving away a copy of your book. Unless you're brand new or seasoned, I would advise against it. Or do what you want. So should you give your eBook away? There are just a few things to think about before you drop the price of your next bestseller.
But... you're giving away an eBook right there on the side of your website! That's a culmination of a bunch of blog posts, put in one convenient spot. Onwards!
People who get a free copy won't convert to buyers. There are two distinct markets when it comes to anything really: the buyers and the freebie hunters. I know if I go onto Amazon and I'm searching for a book about dogs, and I click on the top free category, I'm not leaving the free category. It's already in my mind to not pay for something like that. Even if it's an absolute hobby of mine, I already have a wealth of knowledge resources I can snag for free.
For instance, there are hundreds of new adult fiction books published every day on Amazon. Hundreds of those books are put into KDP Select and are set to a 5-day free promotion every day. If I'm an avid reader of literary porn, and I know I can get new quality erotic stories for free every day, why would I pay for it?