Bookshelf | Reports | Community | KDP Select

Home » Amazon KDP Support » Voice of the Author / Publisher » Voice of the Author / Publisher

Thread: How do I make my book permanent free?


This question is not answered. Helpful answers available: 2. Correct answers available: 1.

Reply to this Thread Reply to this Thread Search Forum Search Forum Back to Thread List Back to Thread List

Permlink Replies: 62 - Pages: 5 [ 1 2 3 4 5 | Next ] - Last Post: May 16, 2017 11:36 PM Last Post By: Cynthia E. Hurst
orly katz

Posts: 58
Registered: 12/08/12
How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:54 AM
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Hi all,
Can anyone help?
I couldn't get an answer from Amazon.

Thanks
Susan Dexter

Posts: 502
Registered: 03/29/13
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 3:58 AM   in response to: orly katz in response to: orly katz
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Go to your Dashboard, go to Rights & Pricing, and read the directions there. If your book is enrolled in Kindle Select, your book can, I believe, be free for set periods of time. Look at the royalty rate you selected. That determines your possible price.

But why not sell your book for 99 cents? Free books does not equal books read and given 5 star reviews. I have personally downloaded at least a dozen free books and not read a one of those yet. (I'll get around to it eventually.)
orly katz

Posts: 58
Registered: 12/08/12
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 5:40 AM   in response to: Susan Dexter in response to: Susan Dexter
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Hi Susan,

With KDP you can only have your book free for 5 days every 3 month.
I have a book series and I would like one of the books to be permanent free.

Like this one for example:
http://www.amazon.com/Tongue-Twisters-Kids-Riley-Weber-ebook/dp/B008YYLYVS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1422279582&sr=1-2&keywords=free+kids+books
Emily Veinglory

Posts: 3,370
Registered: 04/25/13
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:03 AM   in response to: orly katz in response to: orly katz
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
If you book is not in select make it free in another channel and report it for price matching.
Etienne

Posts: 1,871
Registered: 08/20/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:30 AM   in response to: orly katz in response to: orly katz
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I'll answer a question with a question: why would you want to keep giving it away?
Mark Henrikson

Posts: 59
Registered: 01/08/13
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 9:59 AM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Load your book onto Smashwords and set the price to free on their system. A week later report in to Amazon that it is free in that channel and they will price match the competitor. Boom, perma free.

A word of caution. Unless this is the first book in a series with at least 3 or 4 sequels already published and this is a concious loss leader marketing decision, don't do it.
Selena Gray

Posts: 78
Registered: 06/08/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 1:05 PM   in response to: Etienne in response to: Etienne
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Because it's proven before that a perma-free book can work well in selling your other books. I have free books under both my pen names and both did wonders in getting my name out there and contributing to the sale of my other books. And neither perma-free books are the beginning of series.

Despite the persisting belief that giving a book away is ALWAYS bad, it's not that black and white. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but you won't know what works for you until you try.
Marcy Henshaw

Posts: 7,769
Registered: 09/29/12
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 1:41 PM   in response to: Selena Gray in response to: Selena Gray
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I made my 1st in series perma-free I think last October. November brought a BB promo with huge results. I can only assume my BB wave has ended by now, or is close to it, but my sales are still up from pre-perma-free. Very glad I made this awesome marketing decision (perma-free on book 1).
Etienne

Posts: 1,871
Registered: 08/20/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:00 PM   in response to: Selena Gray in response to: Selena Gray
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I guess it's up to you to decide what your work is worth, so have at it.
Renee Goudeau

Posts: 438
Registered: 10/30/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:19 PM   in response to: Etienne in response to: Etienne
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Etienne, don't be patronizing. If you haven't tried it, you have no right to knock it. If you have reasons for doing it then express them, just as those who believe it works for them because it has.

My "Book" is only 14 pggs. If I charged for that you'd complain. It is a promo--first in a series of three more that aren't going to be free..

It is very different and I have an idea thanks to a good friend of mine who publishes through small presses in the legacy field. It could make it go viral; it could stand still but until I do it, I'll never know.

So as the old Indian saying goes: walk in the shoes of the believers that it works--or at least fit your feet to them before you go being so dogmatic..

Unless you've been badly burned. Then say so.

Renee G.

Edited by: Renee Goudeau on Jan 26, 2015 2:19 PM
typo
Selena Gray

Posts: 78
Registered: 06/08/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:51 PM   in response to: Etienne in response to: Etienne
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Oh, please. It has NOTHING to do with deciding what your work is worth. I happen to believe my books are worth just as much as a best selling, well-known author's books, but I'm certainly not going to price them for that because that's just MY overinflated ego talking. Instead, I'll practice smart marketing and price my books in accordance with what my genre dictates.

I use permafree as a marketing tool, and it's a rather smart and useful one for me. My personal opinion on the worth of my work doesn't play into my decision to offer perma free. Frankly, I'm always surprised that this issue is brought up when people discuss permafree. Who out there honestly believes that an author would price their work for free solely because they think their hard work wasn't worth paying for? Isn't it obvious that they're using it as a marketing strategy?
Etienne

Posts: 1,871
Registered: 08/20/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 3:16 PM   in response to: Selena Gray in response to: Selena Gray
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
You're missing the point. A reader has to have something invested in what he/she is reading, and free doesn't accomplish that. Discount it, even deeply, but don't give it away. Otherwise it will have no value to the reader.

Edited by: Etienne on Jan 26, 2015 3:17 PM
Marcy Henshaw

Posts: 7,769
Registered: 09/29/12
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 3:24 PM   in response to: Etienne in response to: Etienne
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
You're missing the point. A reader has to have something invested in what he/she is reading, and free doesn't accomplish that. Discount it, even deeply, but don't give it away. Otherwise it will have no value to the reader.

The reader's investment is their time. If they do not value the book, they will not read it. If they LIKE it, they will value it. And if they read it and like it, they will buy the sequels. And if they read it and don't like it, they won't. I think giving the readers a chance to try your work for free (aside from their invested time) is a great way to give them an introduction to your work. Perma-free on my 1st in series is working great for me. Since making if free sometime in October, over 50 people have valued it enough to leave reviews. Only two of those reviews mentioned a willingness to read the rest but not if they have to pay. Many more than 50 have gone on to buy the rest of the series.
Selena Gray

Posts: 78
Registered: 06/08/14
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:19 PM   in response to: Etienne in response to: Etienne
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I disagree. A person doesn't have to pay for something to value it. My permafree short story proved to be popular enough that readers asked for a sequel. I provided a second short story as a sequel, priced at 0.99, and enough people were invested in the free one that they paid to read the second one. To date I've sold over 16,000 copies of that sequel. Over 16,000 people were invested enough in something they got for free to purchase a second book.

I went a step further and turned the free e-book into a paperback through Createspace where I had no choice but to put a price tag on it. I have all my books in paperback and that FREE short story is by far my biggest seller in paperback. People were invested enough in the free book to pay money for its paperback version.

People make their own decisions about what they value.
Stephanie Laroc...

Posts: 334
Registered: 09/29/12
Re: How do I make my book permanent free?
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:57 PM   in response to: orly katz in response to: orly katz
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Permafree is really only an option if you're NOT in select. You would need to go to another pricing channel, like Smashwords and set the book to free. After about a week of it being free, you should email KDP directly. I know a lot of people say to report the price match via the notify "Amazon of a lower price" link, but I emailed KDP directly about the price match and they changed it within 24 hours. That was after 4 months of waiting and clicking that link.

As for the naysayers who don't do free, you need to do what works. I have one pen name, Charlene McSuede, where I write niche erotica, though I prefer to just call a spade a spade and call it spanking porn. I'd never give away a book under that series because it sells on its own. It's in a narrow market with high demand and it's not necessary to give it away. I've already made a name for myself in that market and giving a book away would only lose me sales.

I also write pulp mysteries under Essa Alroc. I have one novella and two full length books in the series. When I charged $0.99 for the novella and $2.99 for the other two books, I'd be lucky to make $20 in sales a month. Then, I raised the price of the 2 other books to $4.99 and gave away the novella permafree. I now pull in at least $100 a month on that series.

Free isn't always wrong and it isn't always right. It's about finding the right formula for your audience and working with it. There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach when it comes to book marketing.
Legend
Helpful Answer
Correct Answer

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in all forums