In recent weeks, we’ve made some pretty big announcements about eBooks: an industry best 90/10 revenue split, distribution to Barnes & Noble’s NOOK, a handy new Word to EPUB Converter, and a new Manage Distribution page that lets you opt-in and opt-out of retail channels with the click of a button.
We’re on such a roll, why stop now? The opportunities eBooks bring to reach new readers is so great, we just keep looking for ways to enhance our e-offerings even more.
Today, we’re happy to announce another eBook feature to give you more selling flexibility over your digital works: Free pricing. eBook authors can now distribute and sell their eBooks in the iBookstore with a price tag of $0.00.
Make it free
Right about now I’m sure you’re asking: “How will being able to sell my eBooks for free get me more sales?” Well, the answer is simple: Everyone loves free. Heck, we’ve built a business off the principle with our free publishing solutions.
So far we’ve seen authors use free pricing in a number of clever ways to better market their works:
- Free eBook Previews: Letting your readers sample the first chapter or two of your eBook is a great way to get them hooked on your story and more likely to but the complete work.
- Supplements to Your Print Version: This is a great way to keep your fans interested in your work, even after they’ve finished reading it. A free supplement could include character bios, background details on how you started your story, etc. Think of it almost like your own creator’s commentary for your book.
- Word of mouth: In an article in the Guardian, best-selling author Cory Doctorow says nothing sells books better than word of mouth. “Personal recommendations…enabled by freely copyable eBooks act as a force-multiplier…by letting readers make informed guesses about who else will like it, and giving those readers a persuasive tool for closing the sale.” Most readers buy a book because someone recommended it to them.
- Impulse buying: Doctorow goes on to say that “the Internet’s attention span is about five minutes, so unless the reader can do something affirmative to acquire the book within five minutes of being enticed by the eBook, there is a good chance they never will.”
- Best-seller Lists: Remember, most e-readers count and display best-sellers on actual units sold, not how much money the author has made. According to the New York Times, currently more than half of the best-selling eBooks on some of the most popular e-readers are available at no charge. Getting to the top of the best-seller list guarantees better visibility.
Experiment to find what works
So there you have it, you’re now free to play around with your pricing however you want to better reach your readers. To learn more, or to start your own eBook with just a few clicks of a button, visit our eBook publishing page.
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