My three 99 cent books have still not made any sales on Smashwords, whilst my freebies have been downloaded 1,574 times between them. So, I’ve generated coupon codes for two of ‘pay for’ books to see if that helps. If you enter the code when you purchase the book, you get it for free.
Beat the Hackers – the coupon code is TQ44P. I’ve Tweeted about this several times but still no takers.It’s valid till 15 November so grab your free copy while you can.
Oh Grandad – LP43H will get it for free for you. I generated that yesterday and have had one ‘sale’, yippee! This runs to 5th November.
So, I’ve been a little despondent. But Chris cheered my up by saying he didn’t think free ebooks would endure for a long time. In the early days of the Internet, everything was free. It wasn’t the done thing to charge for software and information at all, but now you generally have to pay. He’s pretty sure the same thing will be true with ebooks. Gradually people will realise it’s not reasonable to expect to have reading matter supplied for free, given all the work that’s gone into it. And the authors will decide that enough is enough and want some recompense.
But until then, it seems a good bandwagon to jump on in the hope that it will lead to sales of future books. Lots of us believe this. If you type ‘Smashwords coupon code’ into the search bar on your Twitter page, you’ll find plenty there that will allow you to get some free samples. And if you do, please think about supporting the author by buying another of their books at some time. Especially mine … !