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Neil Humphrey

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FREE KINDLE BOOK - why we will never reach the number 1 slot.
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:15 PM
 
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I recently had a KDP Free day and had many people download my book, but although I did get to number 3 in FREE Book Memoirs
I was never going to get to number 1 as a certain Miranda Hart Book is always showing as number 1 and it is only PART of a book.

My question is - if I break my book down into sections, like the publisher has done for a certain lady, could I also keep offering it for free as this is a great
marketing tool and keeps it high in the list for people to see and hopefullt buy the full version.
I suspect amazon would soon close that loophope to us struggling self published authors.

But it is an idea, has anybody tried it????
mixus

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Re: FREE KINDLE BOOK - why we will never reach the number 1 slot.
Posted: Dec 21, 2012 12:19 AM   in response to: Neil Humphrey in response to: Neil Humphrey
 
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I did, sort of the same thing a couple of days ago.

My first book is centred on the history of earth. I started the book at the Big Bang, where i describe the formation of the universe, our solar system then planet earth and all life, leading up to modern times.

So, i published a short book ( between 16 to 32 pages. Depending on what reading device you use) explaining how the Big bang occurred., with references to my first book and portions from my first book. I designed the small book as a kind of "teaser"

I priced the book at 0.99c, because I couldn't price it as free. But I also published it on smashwords as free and hoping that amazon will price match with smashwords.

Its a marketing ploy, I thought i would try.

Edited by: mixus on Dec 21, 2012 12:21 AM
Sheila Newman

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Re: FREE KINDLE BOOK - why we will never reach the number 1 slot.
Posted: Dec 25, 2012 9:12 PM   in response to: mixus in response to: mixus
 
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Hi Mixus,

I'm glad to find a science writer. I have only been around a few days and cannot really relate to novelists who are selling thousands, although it is fascinating to read their exchanges.
I went looking on amazon for a book by Mixus called Big Bang but could not find it. Where is it?
How is your marketing ploy working?
I have just published The Rules of Animal and Human Populations in the first of four volumes in a series called Demography, Territory & Law. I don't expect to sell stacks but I do hope to find people who are interested in multi-species science and a new theory of demography and history will ultimately read it. So I want to use Kindle to reach people.
Let me know where your book is. Could be we will publish the short version at candobetter.net where I am an editor. (I hope citing a website isn't against rules here.)

Edited by: Sheila Newman on Dec 25, 2012 9:13 PM
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