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ricfrey

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How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 1, 2012 8:24 AM
 
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I want to give out review copies of a couple of my books through a link on my website to try and generate some reviews. That is, I want to post a page with a link to the files so that those that decide to review my book can download it.

I know how to produce a .pdf file from word and post that. But, I'm guessing that many of the reviewers would probably like to read it on a kindle.

How do I go about extracting and posting a kindle type file on my website? (I don't want to do the free promotion and just send potential reviewers to the books amazon kindle page, I want to have a private page where they download a copy.)

Or does the kindle read .pdf format and I don't even have to worry about it?

P.S. If anyone feels like checking out out one of my books and giving a review...hint...hint...here they are:

http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Monsters-Demonology-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007MFR0KY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351783293&sr=8-1&keywords=birth+of+monsters

http://www.amazon.com/The-Room-Demonology-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007ZH4CYQ/ref=pd_cp_kstore_3
deckert61

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 1, 2012 1:43 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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You can save the word file as a webpage-filtered and then convert it to kindle format with http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailscreator.asp

P.S. Don't give away books from your website if you are in KDP Select.

Edited by: deckert61 on Nov 1, 2012 5:38 PM
psychicvampire

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 1, 2012 5:54 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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I would never give away electronic copies of my book to anyone. You should either by your book and lend it to the reviewer or publish it as a paperback and send courtesy copies.
brikar99

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 1, 2012 9:08 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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I converted my book to .mobi using Calibre, then shared it from my Google Drive. I used the Google Link Shortener to keep track of how many times it was clicked.
politeia

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 1, 2012 9:25 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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I don't know if your plan is a good idea. But it's easy to get a cpy of you .mobi file from Amazon. Just download it from the bottom of the "Edit Book Details" page accessible from your Bookshelf.
ricfrey

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 2, 2012 8:54 AM   in response to: psychicvampire in response to: psychicvampire
 
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Ya, I'm done with the free promotions through Amazon. They did nothing for me, short of a few sales I can count on two hands. Only reason I did that anyway was hoping for a few reviews. I was going to request reviews from actual amazon reviewers, who are known for reviewing books and goods, not just give it away shot gun style and hope for a review this time.

P.S. Also I don't have the money or time to print my book and send it out to people, that is why I'm going the e-book route for the reviewers.

Edited by: ricfrey on Nov 2, 2012 8:55 AM
privateerclause...

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Nov 2, 2012 12:03 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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The really simple and Kosher way to give away a copy of your Kindle book for review is to pull up your book page on Amazon and press the "gift" button, put in the person's email account and send it. The best thing is to adjust your book price down as low as it will go, send all of your gifts, and then later in the day adjust your price back to your desired point. The nice thing about this, is that the gift will only cost you .30 if you book is at .99 and each time the gift is ACCEPTED it will count as a sale and therefore drive your ranking to a more favorable position. All within the rules, as I understand them. You should alert the intended recipient that a gift is on the way so they won't delete it from their email inbox thinking that it is Amazon spam.
YOu can send reminders of the gift at later dates should they forget to download the book. The sale won't count until they download, and the desired review won't take place unless they read the book, so be prepared to remind them.
good luck.
Beth Goldie

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 8, 2014 12:24 PM   in response to: privateerclause... in response to: privateerclause...
 
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GREAT information, I'm sending gifts to selected reviewers I know such as local newspaper editors, but I also see a way to send samples which you could probably send to yourself and distribute them. I doubt that violates any amazon rules since it is only a sample.

As a print book author (5 by major publishers in the 90's), AND a book reviewer, I know I would have been happy to get samples and then request full review copies - although I built an amazing library with more than a thousand review copies, most of them I never read due to the topic and, being review copies I never felt I could even donate them to a library - it wouldn't have been ethical.

To those who think they are wasting money sending review copies I'll point out that it is the only traditional part of today's publishing which still works.

I'm just now publishing my second non-fiction Kindle book

John McCormick, Science Editor, perihelionsf.com
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Long-time member of The National Press Club.
Emily Veinglory

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 8, 2014 1:49 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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If it is a publicly accessible website, you would be providing the book at a lower rate (0.00) than Amazon and they might price match it.

But basically you put the file on your server and link to it. Or if you cannot do that you put it on a filesharing site and link to it.
Mrs I Goulton

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 12, 2014 12:32 AM   in response to: privateerclause... in response to: privateerclause...
 
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This information was correct in 2012, but Amazon did a big review purge after this, deleting reviews where the Kindle book had been gifted then reviewed. It's safer to gift through Smashwords, or email the mobi or PDF file.
karolyn1

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 12, 2014 12:39 AM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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I don't blame you. I got every book I put in KDP select pirated. :-(
Deanna Fisher

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:19 AM   in response to: Mrs I Goulton in response to: Mrs I Goulton
 
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This information was correct in 2012, but Amazon did a big review purge after this, deleting reviews where the Kindle book had been gifted then reviewed. It's safer to gift through Smashwords, or email the mobi or PDF file.

no they purged those that had been gifted with no indication that they have been received as a gift by the author - reviews are required by the FTC to state clearly in their review that they received a copy of the book in exchange for a review - those that had reviews deleted hadn't been doing that

I've review MANY books that I received via kindle gifts, as well as direct files and never had any of mine deleted because the first line in any of those reviews is always Book received from author/publisher in exchange from review or similar
Emily Veinglory

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:44 AM   in response to: psychicvampire in response to: psychicvampire
 
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I give review copies to legit reviewers. Sometimes I put a small mark on them so I can tell if any of the review copies get pirated. Five years and several hundred review copies later, it has never happened. I get pirated a lot, but they are all bought copies.

IMHO a good reviewer gets offered a lot of books. I increased my chances by not making them jump through hoops and sending them the format they want. A bad reviewer will take your gift and spent it on whatever they want.
germaine pugh

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 8:50 PM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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You can download the file by clicking in the book, going to the bottom of the first page, and downloading the mobi file which is then sent as an attachment in an email.
Robert George P...

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Re: How do I give away review copies in kindle format?
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 9:09 AM   in response to: ricfrey in response to: ricfrey
 
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Promotion is the best way to give, and get.If they won't even bother to go to amazon to get a free book, what makes you think they will spend time writing a good review?
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