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Uttam Kumar

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book pricing help
Posted: Nov 7, 2017 8:41 PM
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I am a new publisher and this is my first book about which I have a simple question. I am not able to set the book price to ZERO, I basically want to make it free but when I go to settings to change price, There is a price range that I have to set the price between. So I cant set zero, any guidance?
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Nov 7, 2017 11:15 PM   in response to: Uttam Kumar in response to: Uttam Kumar
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Uttam Kumar wrote:
I am a new publisher and this is my first book about which I have a simple question. I am not able to set the book price to ZERO, I basically want to make it free but when I go to settings to change price, There is a price range that I have to set the price between. So I cant set zero, any guidance?

No you cannot publish a paperback for free. There is a cost and Bezos won't pay it for you.
For digital, if you enter the KU program, you can do a free offer for I think five days every 3 months.
Uttam Kumar

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Posted: Nov 7, 2017 11:45 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
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I am not talking about the paperback, its the soft Kindle edition. When I search books on Kindle, I see many books at free/zero cost and I can download them free and read them, I wanted to make by book free too.
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Nov 8, 2017 12:31 AM   in response to: Uttam Kumar in response to: Uttam Kumar
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Uttam Kumar wrote:
I am not talking about the paperback, its the soft Kindle edition. When I search books on Kindle, I see many books at free/zero cost and I can download them free and read them, I wanted to make by book free too.

You may be seeing how they show for the Prime program.
I don't know what you mean by 'soft Kindle edition'.
steve holdsworth

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Posted: Nov 8, 2017 1:43 AM   in response to: Uttam Kumar in response to: Uttam Kumar
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I think Donna is right. The books that you see as free are probably on temporary promotion (maximum 5 days in a 3 month period is correct, I think). Otherwise they are showing as 'free' to Amazon / Kindle Prime members, who have paid a monthly subscription; so they are not entirely 'free'. To be honest, new writers like me would love to be able to bash something out free, as it's probably the best way of getting ourselves seen. I'd advise you to make use of the permitted 5 'free' promotion days in each period. Good luck!
Notjohn

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Posted: Nov 8, 2017 2:33 AM   in response to: Uttam Kumar in response to: Uttam Kumar
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The lowest price you can set is 99 cents (and not that if it's a very large file). I don't think people buy 99-cent books, which more or less scream I'M DESPERATE!

You can try this, but it may not work: publish a freebie through Draft2Digital and then report the free price to Amazon (or get someone else to do it). Amazon may or may not match the price.

But really, the better choice is not to do this at all, as Cole Porter once advised us:

Never give anything away, away, away
That you can sell.
Ev'ry night, ev'ry day,
Try to remember, ma belle,
Never give anything away, away, away
That you can sell.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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