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message 1: by A.L. (new)

A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 265 comments I often see people arguing over the merits (or otherwise) of authors offering books for free for promotion purposes. Some people use it as a good marketing tool and some people see it as akin to satan's work. I also see readers snapping up free books left, right and centre and some who avoid them and would never read a free book.

I have decided to host a debate, both camps can put forward their views, including readers. Questions will be asked and opinions can be vented but it will not get nasty.

If you think you might like to be involved, either as an author or a reader please email me at libraryoferana@yahoo.co.uk stating:

Author - for freebies.
Author - against freebies.
Reader - for freebies.
Reader - against freebies.

If I get enough responses it could be a regular thing.


message 2: by Sally (new)

Sally (larwos) | 22 comments I love getting free ebooks and if the authors/publishers want to put their books out there in this way, that's fine with me.

I have found it a marvellous way to discover a new author and/or series. I'm sure sales increase for that author after a promotion like that is taken up.


message 3: by Susan (new)

Susan I think it's a great idea for an author to offer a free, or very low priced book if it's the first in a series.
If the reader enjoys it, they can then go on to buy others in the series at the normal price.


message 4: by Dave (new)

Dave Wood (pocket7976) | 985 comments Free books work for me - there have been a number of series where I've had the first book free and then gone on to buy all the others in the series.


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