09-13-2011 09:51 AM
I just bought two books that were released to today in series that I've been reading.
The first book in this series was free and I've bought the other five (so far) at full price. I never would have discovered this series if the first book was not offered fro free.
I had actually started reading this series before purchasing my NOOK. The first book was offered for free around the time book for was released. So I currently have books 1, 4, and 5 on my NOOK.
If I had not already been reading this series the free first book would have certainly gotten me into it.
09-13-2011 10:35 AM
I have been waitng for this new book from J.R. Benn also. I was also introduced to his books with that free book give away of his first novel. I have been lucky enough to have read all of the rest for free from the library.
09-13-2011 10:50 AM
I make it a point to drop a note to publishers and authors to let them know when I've discovered them through these type of free promotions.
Obviously, they can probably make some correlation based on sales data, but I'm sure it doesn't hurt to see it in writing.
09-13-2011 12:13 PM
Interesting stuff. It makes sense for authors and publishers to offer some work free and hope, as seen above, that sales will follow. Even if you only have one book, a free excerpt or free chapters might lead to more sales in the future.
09-15-2011 08:57 AM
From this I guess that the publishers of Christian books are making a ton of money, as there seems to be a never-ending flow of free books from them.
09-16-2011 12:59 PM
More than half of the e-books I've purchased were a direct result of reading a free book first. In each case, it was by an author new to me. If I love a story, I make a point of looking up their other works. The marketing plan has worked with me.
09-16-2011 01:16 PM
I used to purchase many new authors/titles in DTB after a quick skim. Now, with NOOK, I pretty much always tend towards those that I've read at least one free title from or, at the very least, download the free sample.
And if the publishers set the sample too short, so I can't really get a "taste" of what it's like, I generally don't give it much further consideration.
I also think it's sound marketing for publishers to make the first book in a series very low cost (if they don't want to make it free). I'm much more willing to try out a new series if book 1 is, say, $2.99, even if that means once I'm hooked I pay $7.99 or more for books 2+.
Publishers, in general, need to get more creative and aggressive in issuing and promoting their authors' backlists.
09-21-2011 01:03 PM
This is exactly why Baen established the Baen Free Library. The freebies get you hooked on a particular author or series.