I've just put up my second book on KDP. Truth -a YA fantasy - should be live tomorrow.
The first -The Duke's Reform -had over 10 000 free downloads. I can't believe how good this service is -and it's free.
I'm totally hooked and all my future books will go with KDP. Why use a publisher or agent when you can have such fun doing it yourself?
I'm after maximum readers -t he money is secondary. I love the idea that over 10 000 people might be reading my book.
The key words are 'might be reading my book'. I've had over 14,000 downloads on my book over the last 3 months and I've generated 2 favorable reviews and maybe 50+ sales as a result. I would like to think that my book is being (or will be) read by all that download free copies. The reality is there are many who download anything free that looks interesting. They stockpile books. The odds are slim that all will ever be read, which puts my book at a distinct disadvantage. That being said, I will continue, as least for the time being, to promote my book through KDP. I also like the idea of my book being in so many hands. Now if they would only leaf through the pages.
I had almost1000 books downloaded for 1 of my books when it was free and only 300 approx for the other one. Neither book has had any reviews from those d/ls and the only reviews I have had are from people who paid for the book. I think this is a pretty good indication of the intentions of people who download free books "on the whole".
Partly, they are stockpiling merely because 'it's free Ma!!"
and partly, they are downloading freebs because they intend to read them "one day, maybe, if I get the chance, perhaps, perhaps not, who knows or cares except the author waiting for reviews whch will simply never come, let's be realistic"
So, all in all....the freebie thing is a big let down and the ONLY boon for the author s knowing someone out there in the blue yonder may possibly be reading "my book" whoa how thrilling!!!
I might add that there are those who claim book giveaways are a good promotional tool to kick start sales. Maybe that's the case for some, but so far not for me. My first free Kindle one day book promotion two months ago produced 40+ sales the day after the promotion ended, then the sales dropped off considerably. Two weeks ago I offered another one day free promo. Again I had several sales the following day and not much since. Despite a total of over 12,000 free downloads and multiple 5 and 4 star reviews, my book now just sits there ignored and forgotten. I still hope that some of the 'free' customers will eventually read my book and maybe word of mouth will kick in. But for now, my days of book giveaways have ended.