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ESQ
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Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

Who can I complain to about the fact that the Daily Finds and Free Friday selections are now practically 100% Romance novels, Vampire novels and Sci-Fi?

 

I love my Nook and loved those selections until recently.

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MacMcK1957
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

Basically, they're pushing what sells, and those categories are a huge percentage of total sales.  The main motivation for free or discounted books is to then get you to buy other books from the same or similar authors.

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eaglewomanEP
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Free-eBooks/379003078

 

you can go here and choose thetype of free book you are looking for.

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byter67
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

or go to BookBub or eReaderPerks and sign up for free daily eLetter alerting you to free and low cost B&N eBooks in categories of interest to you.

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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections


ESQ wrote:

 

Who can I complain to about the fact that the Daily Finds and Free Friday selections are now practically 100% Romance novels, Vampire novels and Sci-Fi?


You can complain to the publishers. Those bargains are promotional discounts by the publisher.

 

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luv2read29
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

Why complain to anyone, there are a lot of us that feel the same, we just dont get the book for that week. But remember it is FREE. Dont like it delete it!!!!
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

I feel the same way.
For those of us who have been around Free Fridays for a few years remember how it used to be and are mad. I used to look forward each week to a wonderful little gem that I would have never discovered on my own. I got every single Free Friday book and enjoyed almost all of them, now not so much. In the past year Free Friday has been horrible. No more classics. No sci-fi or mystery or historical fiction. No more weird books about gangster teddy bears (Amberville, anyone?). Nope, just Romance. Romance novels are a dime a dozen. If I search for Free books, I get thousands of free romance novels.
I looked back on my account and I have gotten about 5 free books compare that to 50 the previous year, yeah, we're angry.
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Karrie73 wrote:
those of us who have been around Free Fridays for a few years remember how it used to be

"How it used to be" was that very few people had e-readers, and the publishers offered free e-books to get people interested. Now, almost everyone who isn't a "nothing but paper for me" type already has an e-reader, and they're buying e-books without anyone having to get them interested. For many of the most popular fiction titles, e-books now outsell print books.

 

There's no longer any need to try to get people interested in e-books.

 

Additionally, there are a number of reports that the free e-book is losing its effectiveness as a marketing tool. It just doesn't seem to boost sales like it did, neither of that particular title after the free offer expires, nor of other titles. All that happens is a whole lot of free copies get given away.

 

Furthermore, a couple of the e-publishers who gave away the most popular freebies have gone out of business. Most notable was Dorchester. Night Shade was the main supplier of sci-fi freebies, and now they're gone, too.

 

So most of today's freebies are from new small publishers who're trying to get noticed and hoping to gain a following.

 

No, it's not how it used to be, and it never will be again. You — and I — were fortunate to have been around during the early days of the e-book.

 

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bobstro
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

Perhaps it's time for B&N to quit advertising them then.

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MacMcK1957
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Re: Daily Finds and Free Friday Selections

I've been getting a lot of value out of the $1.99-$2.99 offers lately.  Most of the books cluttering up my unread shelf fall into that category.  I get a lot of name authors whose works I like and a price I can't resist.

 

I suspect the romances are targeted to our good friend Julie.