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Scott, this sounds like a very good idea... I would be interested to know how you went about making your ebook free... Amazon do that KDP promotion thing, where you can put your book up for free for up to 5 days (grouped all together or spaced however you like) every 3 months.

But if you have several books out, making one a free 'guinea pig' for an extended period of time - for hopefully more downloads, word-of-mouth, possible extra sales etc - seems deinitely worth it. Sooo - do you just basically ask Amazon 'Please make X book free for X amount of time'?

Cheers, and good luck with it.

Whuh? Only for UK customers? How dare you! One star!

/sarc

But some idiot is going to say it. Brace yourself.

My understanding is that big giveaways don't often lead to a large boost in paid sales. You can have tens of thousands of free downloads, and garner perhaps 50 or 100 paid sales from the venture. I think there are a lot of people who, like me, see a freebie and pick it up, regardless of how interested they are in the book. Then it just sits on our Kindles until we run out of room.

I hope it goes well for you. I've got a $0.99 experiment going that's generated no sales this month.

Took up your free offer & read 'cover' to 'cover' - loved it, paperbacks will make perfect Christmas gifts.

What? I didn't know you narrated the audiobook, I may have to get that to listen to at work ;) See this business does work (although I also bought the print copy so maybe I'm a mug).

Bryce, a few people have raised that fact that it is not free outside of the UK but there are a few reasons for that. One is that it isn't as easy to change a price across all territories. Another is that it takes longer to gather the sales data (many weeks after the fact) so the numbers won't be of any use to my experiment. We may try it at a later date, though. You are probably right about the residual sales but this is an old book that is pretty much dead in print so any sales post-offer will be an improvement.

Rupert, as this book is published by HarperCollins we don't have to go via KDP.

Stephanie, thank you.

Ellie, the audiobook is a thing of wonder, I assure you.

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