Well, let’s admit it. Everyone loves to get a good free book.
But how about the writer?
Does giving away a freebie help or hurt?
Are we becoming the McDonalds of writing?
God! I love their fries!
I’m a member of Kindle Unlimited and I love downloading and reading books for FREE through that service. When I first became a member there were a lot of good books to choose from, however, now it seems there are less and less. Not everyone seems to want to get into the program. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has to do with the pages read payment system.
“You’re eligible for royalty payment from Kindle Unlimited (KU, or Abonnement Kindle in France) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) for pages an individual customer reads in your book for the first time. A customer can read your book as many times as they like, but we will only pay you for the number of pages read the first time the customer reads them.”
This is not necessarily a bad thing. At $.57 cents a page, when a book is read cover to cover that can add up to serious money.
But, and this is a big but, the serious money only comes when enough people read your book cover to cover. However, I guess that could be said about the number of people who buy a book too.
I’ve read a lot of wonderful books for Free, and I’ve started and not finished a lot of mediocre books for Free. At first I felt guilty about not finishing a book, but then I remembered my time is valuable too.
On the whole I think it’s a good system if you’re going to make your book available for FREE.