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message 1: by Eberhard (new)

Eberhard Wolff Hi,
to my surprise I noticed that I cannot do a giveaway for an eBook. I am writing my book on Leanpub as an eBook - it won't be printed. I have done a giveaway already. Leanpub allows you to create a coupon so that you can purchase the book for free - it's just a URL. So basically I just need the email address of the winners, I send out the URL and I am done - seems easy to do. Am I missing something? Is there a way to actually do it?
Thanks!
Eberhard


message 2: by Faith (new)

Faith Giveaways on GR are only for physical books or for CDs of audio books. You can do a private giveaway of your ebook by offering it in a group that is interested in your genre. Just be sure to read the rules of the group before you post. Some groups don't permit this or require posting in a special place.


message 3: by Eberhard (new)

Eberhard Wolff Faith wrote: "Giveaways on GR are only for physical books or for CDs of audio books. You can do a private giveaway of your ebook by offering it in a group that is interested in your genre. Just be sure to read t..."

Thanks a lot for clarifying! However, I still don't see why I can't do a Giveaway for eBook. I just need a list with winners and I'll send them a URL where they can download the PDF/Mobi/ePub. Why would goodreads let me do that?


message 4: by Faith (new)

Faith GR will not give you the email address of any member. If you want to give away your ebook that's fine, but you cannot do it through an official GR giveaway. The rules of giveaways do not permit this. As I said before, it can be done as a private transaction between you and any member willing to accept your book.


message 5: by Eberhard (new)

Eberhard Wolff OK, thanks for clarifying! Still I think this is unfortunate and to be honest I don't fully understand why I would get a shipping address but no email address.


message 6: by Ken (new)

Ken If you want to do e-book giveaways, try LibraryThing. I haven't used it myself, but several other authors have recommended it.


message 7: by Lenita (new)

Lenita Sheridan You could also try giving ebooks away on Facebook. I've had more success there than LibraryThing.


message 8: by A.W. (new)

A.W. Exley Eberhard wrote: "... I don't fully understand why I would get a shipping address but no email address."

Because in the past some authors have abused the system and spammed readers. Or harassed them to read/buy/review their books. Or added them to newsletter lists without their permission. As a result GR protects the privacy of their readers.

If you want to run an e-book giveaway both BookLikes and LibraryThing have that facility.


message 9: by Eberhard (new)

Eberhard Wolff Thanks for all the suggestions! :-)

A.W. wrote: Because in the past some authors have abused the system and spammed readers. Or harassed the..."

OK, that is quite bad! However, GR could provide the authors with a web form and send out the email - that way the author would not learn the addresses, the number of emails can be limited and the emails can even be reviewed. After all GR is a website and I guess quite a few readers would prefer eBooks over printed...


message 10: by Eric (new)

Eric Westfall Eberhard wrote: "Thanks for all the suggestions! :-)

A.W. wrote: Because in the past some authors have abused the system and spammed readers. Or harassed the..."

OK, that is quite bad! However, GR could provide t..."


Actually, how could GR provide such a service? Who's going to do the work involved in what you suggest? Given the millions of GR members, and the number of authors who would like to do ebook giveaways, just think about how much time would be involved for say, 200 authors to give away 5 ebooks each. That's 1000 emails that would have to be sent to someone to review, and approve/reject (which necessitates some sort of procedure for authors to complain about being rejected unfairly), plus checking to see if the attached ebook is what it is supposed to be, plus locating the correct email address for the GR member, plus creating and forwarding the email. And then there's the issue (given the abuses pointed out above) of how does the GR person doing this verify that the recipient indeed participated and wants the ebook being given away?

Let's say all of this could be done in 5 minutes per giveaway. That's 83 hours. And given the sheer volume of authors over widespread genres wanting to promote themselves, my (uneducated) guess is that there would be thousands (upon thousands?) of books in such a program.

Sorry, but I think the manhours involved, the need to create new Web pages and new procedures, etc., would be the most logical reason(s) GR would be unwilling to do something like this.

If memory serves, someone suggested finding a group involving your genre, and seeing if they allow giveaways within the group. That's probably your best bet within GR overall.

Just my USD .02.

Eric-the-ever-opinionated


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