Make it Free — Day 1

What happens when you make your book free on Amazon.com?

More people download it in one morning that have bought it in three months. Even if only one in five people actually read it, like it and buy the sequel, I’ve added a lot of readers since breakfast. And it didn’t cost me a thing.

You like numbers, so here’s the numbers:

1030 am – 650 downloads, #397 on the Amazon free charts, #19 in religious fiction
1130 — 790, #280, #12
Noon — 864, #121, #6
12:30 — 958
1 — 1032, #121, #5
130 — 1155
2 — 1274, #91, #5
3 — 1457
4 — 1658, #79, #4
430 — 1769
5 — 1875, #62, #4
6 — 2114
630 — 2233, #62, #4
7 — 2606
730 — 2830, #52, #4
8 — 3021
9 — 3399, #45, #4
10 — 3756, #42, #4
11 — 3965, #36, #4

Midnight: 4,118 downloads, #30 of all Amazon free titles, #4 on the religious fiction free chart.

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4 responses to “Make it Free — Day 1

  1. Lynn McMonigal

    I have been thinking about doing the same thing. Haven’t sold any downloads and thought that maybe offering one of my four books for free on Amazon.com might help. I figure it hurt anyway.

  2. I would definitely do it, Lynn. It’s a convoluted process — having to get it free on Smashwords and then waiting for iTunes or Barnes and Noble to match so you can then get Amazon to match — but I think it’s going to be worth it.

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