Several points were raised in the article and I thought of a few more:
- Is the glut of free and 99c working against itself? Are there so many discounted books that they just aren’t drawing attention anymore?
- Are buyers merely hoarding without reading?
- With more large, traditional publishers discounting, will that hurt self-published authors?
- It still works well for some authors - what is the deciding factor?
- It encourages buying without reading and little reader to author connection, which is vital in developing fans. Is it then just a short term solution and one that may not really work?
I’ve never been a fan of KDP Select and those days of giving away one’s book, although it was more because of the exclusitivity that’s required. I’ve already read several articles this past year that stated the free aspect was not as effective as it once was due to the amount of authors using it. With sites like Bookbub, you are also paying hundreds more to promote your free or discounted books.
How would you answer those questions?
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