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5 Responses to "99¢ Ebooks—Good or Bad?"

  1. John Wiswell says:

    One I have a decent catalog, I could see posting the first e-book in a series, or a good introductory book to my style, at 99 cents or even free. It would be an invitation to readers at the lowest price points, with little barrier to entry or even compulsion to pirate outside of them being familiar with a particular pirating platform. If they liked the first novel, they could then purchase the others at prices more supportive of my work.

  2. Valkyrie says:

    I’m not an author so I can’t comment on how people price their books but I can say as a reader that very often I have downloaded a free or 77p book as they are priced in the UK and then gone back at paid for the sequels or other books by the same author.

    Please don’t assume that everyone who downloads cheap or free books aren’t worth bothering about but when you read at least 5 books a week there is not an unlimited amount of cash to spend on them. And surely its better to download a legal copy at whatever price than download illegal copies where the author doesn’t even get the credit let alone the cash.

  3. PA Wilson says:

    I’m beginning to think that .99 is the Amazon version of free if you aren’t going the KDP select. I’m about to issue book 2 of the Charity Deacon Investigations, which puts me at 2 books in all three series. My plan was to go free with the first book in each but only Smashwords allows that.

    I think it’s important to have a reason for the .99 not just ‘people will pay it’.

  4. Dawn Napier says:

    I’ve read several blogs advising new writers to use the 99-cent ebook as an introductory price or a promotional tool, which makes good sense to me. It takes an average of six months for me to write a book, and I don’t want to under-value that time. But at the same time, when you’re trying to get your name out and about, attracting impulse buyers with a low low price is a good idea.

  5. Mark says:

    Thanks for reposting. Interesting how Repost put the article slightly out of order. Oh well.

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