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Amazon Prime and free books

Self publishingPosted by John Barlow Sun, December 18, 2011 12:15:09

A couple of days ago I enrolled an old crime novel of mine on the Amazon Prime scheme. This allows the book to be downloaded by those paying a fixed subscription to Amazon Prime (they can download as many participating books as they want).

I’m thinking about doing the same for HOPE ROAD, so I was interested to see how it went with the other book, a humorous noir called WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JERRY PICCO?, which is distinguished by having the worst cover in the history of ebook publishing.

A feature of enrolling in Prime is that although your book has to remain exclusive to Amazon for 90 days, within that timeframe you can schedule 5 days in which your book is free to all Amazon customers. This, it is argued, garners valuable visibility for your book, given that it is likely to shift up the rankings.

Well, after 30 hours on the program, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JERRY PICCO? has had about 700 free downloads and is 3rd on the hard-boiled mystery category in the UK (5th in the US), and about 300th on the UK’s overall free book ranking. I have no idea how this will play out once the ‘free’ days are over, but I’ll report back. In the meantime, look at this:

Yes, I’m beating ebook trailblazers Konrath and Croutch!

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