Here is an excerpt from a blog called The IndieView. What do you think of it?
Practically all Prime Eligible books (Prime is only available in the US), will become free for at least five days per every three months. Find your favorite authors in the Prime lists, track them with Kindle Nation Daily or at Ereader IQ, and when they become free, download them. Simple as that.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this. For a series it's pefect. Make the first book free and it will help sales of the other books. If you only have one book out it still isn't an issue. They would have to know you to wait.
I'm not so sure the select program is going to last that much longer. The number of authors happy with it seems to be small, according to what I have read. It seems logical the big six books enrolled in the program are making most of the "borrow" money.
Are prime members happy with it? I have not heard.
I just signed up for Select on a half-buzzed evening whim last week and haven't yet researched the 5 days of marketing or $0 price ramifications. No difference in sales (zero) this month, either. When I ran a free promotion for my 1 published book on smashwords, I gave away 80 books in a few days. When the promotion ended, I saw no difference in the weekly trickle of sales. I partially attribute that to having only one book out there.
However, I have two other unpublished books and one more in process. If and when I finish agonizing over them sufficiently to release one or more of them in the coming years (yeah, I agonize pretty hard on them), I expect the free giveaways to have more impact on my other book sales.
I feel sort of "meh" about it. I have one book in the program. Funny enough, I have no borrows at all on this book but I'm starting to get steady sales. As far as the tip - any savvy author can use that to their advantage like saxon said. Put only one book in a series in the program. Want the other books? Pony up.
I have 8 works on Kindle. I put a short story and a novel in Select. It has not had any appreciable impact on anything else in my line. But then nothing else has either. Based on the downloads during the free days, I wonder if those who might have bought my books are now waiting until the rest are free.
[i]I'm not so sure the select program is going to last that much longer.[/i]
It appears they're tyring an end-run around the authors who opted out. I don't mind the 5 day/3 month deal, I mind that they didn't bother to ask my permission. That's the issue. I have not opted into Select for any of my books. While I see the potential for promotion, it comes at my expense, and suppose the only time I sell any books is when they are free? Then I'll take them off Amazon in a lickety-split.
[i]Are prime members happy with it? I have not heard[/i]
Prime members LOVE being Prime members because it is so much more than just borrowing books. My sister is a Prime member, Loves it and does not read. She never borrows books, but I know several people who love borrowing books. One woman told me, 'It forces me to read it because I know I have to give it back.'
[i]not so sure the select program is going to last that much longer. The number of authors happy with it seems to be small, according to what I have read[/i]
I have to disagree.or rather optomistically disagree. borrowing books is part of the prime program, I certainly hope that they do not stop the indy authors from taking park.
I guess I am one of the few that Select has worked for. I have learned how to use my promotion days to my advanatge and what is too much on them.
My sales have gone up since I joined Select. Maybe it's a coincidence, I don't know. I do know this. I am grateful for Select,
I have two books I plan on releasing in March. Both will be part of Select. But I do think Select only works if you have multiple books on Amazon. JMHO
Pirating wasn't mentioned in the piece, but it's always possible. Someone posted about it here recently; filed a complaint. I'm not sure, but I would assume pirating might be a problem for any successful author. Anyway, how would you know?
Ebookr had everyone of my books listed on their site for sale. Thay also had them listed in every format possible. The only place that site could have taken them is smashwords. I don't know that for a fact, but I've never had them formatted for apple or kobo. That site did.
I notified them that I would be filing copy right infringement and they removed them.
Books are being taken. Check out that site for the worst offender.
I had 8000 free downloads, and about a week later a google search showed my book on one of the napster-type sharing sites. Probably in their minds, since I gave it away free I shouldn't mind them doing the same. I have no evidence that anyone who would otherwise have bought my book has downloaded it free, but who knows?