Posted by: Jeanie F | January 23, 2010

Free Books on Kindle

The New York Times has an interesting article today (Jan 23) regarding free books available on Kindle and other e-books.

This, of course, is a controversial practice. Large publishing houses fear it will drive down the price of books, but independent authors and smaller publishers find it a successful way to introduce readers to writers whose work might get buried under the “big names” (think James Patterson and Janet Evanovich).

Personally, I think that both sides have a valid argument, but I weigh in on the side of independent authors and small publishers. The publishing world is getting harder and harder to break into, and new authors find it very difficult to get a toehold. If self-publishing and offering their work for free gives them a boost, I say via con Dios!

What do you think?


  1. I’m with you, I can see both sides, but I have to agree that I’m on the side of the little guy. I like them to get a chance to show off their books and if making it free for a bit drives them to a top spot on Amazon’s top Kindle books, good for them!

    And, I’m a Kindle reader who enjoys a free book every once in awhile. The big houses shouldn’t be complaining. There have been many free e-books that I have gotten where I went on and bought every other book from the author to read. If they’d do the same practice they might find ever more readers for their books they are promoting.

  2. You’re absolutely right, Heather – they should try joining them. It’s a great way to promote a new or unknown writer!

  3. I’m with you. Both sides have merits, but as technology evolves, costs naturally go down. If there are opportunities to get great, unsung stories and authors some time, then let’s do it. Will the lousy stuff be there, too? Yes, but it comes from the big houses, too 😉

  4. I think that it can be a good idea too, but sometimes it is a bit hard to know what he true motivation is behind these large companies.

    I discussed a similar iisue about ebooks here if you are interested

    It is also based on an interesting article I read in the NYBR about Google Books taking control of the digital book industry and whether this is a good or bad thing.

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