Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless

Tara Sparling writes

Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless (To People Over 30) You know you want it! Er… hang on. Do you…?

I’ve been wondering about book pricing for a long time. Specifically, whether making your book free makes me bothered about reading it or not.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not. Bothered, that is.

But before you start weeping and wailing (yes – you in the back, there) this has to be taken in the context of the market demographic to which I belong. And the fact that a clunky, unsophisticated and downright annoying scatter-gun approach to book marketing, which I keep ranting and raving about even though nobody is bloody listening, is yet again way off target.

I said before that books were decreasing in value – and they are, on two levels: both in sales and production.

Firstly, it stands to reason that if you charge me 99c for your book, or make it free, it’s not as valuable to…

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2 thoughts on “Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless

  1. There are two sides to every coin. And I believe the stigma has lessened considerably judging Indie books as low quality and unedited. I think the times have made many want -to- be writers a lot more intimidated to think about publishing unpolished books. Sure, you will get a few in every bunch who don’t learn, but that doesn’t make all Indie writers inferior. Free has its merits. The downloads help our rankings and give our books more visibility, as well as an opportunity to gain new reviews.

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