Let’s Get Digital is free on Amazon. If you haven’t already grabbed a copy, now would be a good time. It will likely only be free for a few days, and this might well be the only free run this book goes on, so don’t miss out.
It should appear very shortly on The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble, as well as in some physical bookstores.
Let’s Get Digital is only free on Amazon US, but I don’t want anyone to miss out. If you own a device other than a Kindle, download a copy from Amazon anyway, then email me at david dot gaughran at gmail dot com and I will send you an EPUB version that will work on your device. If you use one of the Euro Kindle Stores (where the book isn’t free), just email me and I’ll send you a Kindle copy.
I recently moved to London and I’m still without an internet connection. Don’t panic if there is a slight delay in my response to your email. I’ll get to it eventually and you will get your copy.
Why is this book free?
Every so often, Let’s Get Digital makes a run at the charts. However, since the advent of KDP Select, it’s much harder to get the book to stick. Even when it was #2 in its category, it only reached around #65 on the Popularity List – pushed down by all the books that had been on a free run (explained here).
I needed a free run to even things up a little. However, I was wary of a reliable seller getting stuck on free, costing me a big driver of revenue. So here’s what I did.
I opted out of all channels on Smashwords except for Apple (who tend to be the nippiest in reflecting price changes at Smashwords). Then I dropped the price to free on Smashwords on a Wednesday (they push new prices out to Apple on Thursdays).
As soon as it went free at Apple (which was a couple of days later), I got a couple of people to report the free “price” to Amazon. It took a couple of weeks, but Amazon finally made it free at some point last night.
This morning I woke to see that it was free, had been picked up by the good people at Pixel of Ink, and had already amassed over 4,000 downloads, bumping it up to #70 in the Free Best Seller List.
I immediately turned it back to paid on Smashwords and opted back in to all the partner sites. If all goes to plan, it should go back to paid on Apple by Saturday, and then I can begin plaguing KDP to do the same. Hopefully they won’t drag their feet to much, and I will see a little bump on my return to the paid side.
If that happens, it’s a bonus, but the real point of this is to even some of that disparity in the Popularity List. And it’s never a bad thing to have thousands of people download your book, even if it is for free.
I have to keep this blog post short; internet cafes are hardly ideal for blogging! I should have a more regular connection in a few days, and normal service will resume once I clear my inbox (which is looking quite frightening at the moment).
If any of you would like to help get the word out about the free version of Let’s Get Digital, here’s a sample tweet:
Top rated self-publishing guide Let’s Get Digital is #free on Amazon: http://amzn.to/y0Qe5S
Thanks in advance! Now, I need to go find somewhere to live…