Benefits of Giving Your Book Away for Free

Benefits of Giving Your Book Away for Free

It probably sounds counterintuitive to give away your book for free  the book you have most likely worked on for years, struggling to write at times. Why in the world would you give your book away for $0.00?

If you want your book’s message to get noticed, one way to do it is to be generous. Sure, you will lose sales for a few days, but what you gain (especially if you have other books for sale now or in the future) far outweighs the costs.

There are many reasons why this strategy can actually boost your bookselling numbers in the long run:

  • You’re an unknown author. Congrats, you’re finally a published author! But, the hard part is yet to come: gaining attention for your book. By offering your book at no cost to readers, you’re allowing them to take no financial risk when exploring new authors. A free e-book can be a great way to jumpstart your marketing efforts and reach even more readers.
  • Your competition is incredibly stiff. The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287% since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and e-book titles, according to a Bowker report released in Oct. 2012. There is no better incentive for readers to check out a book than offering it for free. Everyone loves free stuff!
  • You are releasing a series or plan to publish multiple books. Get the word out now about your first book in order to increase sales later in your career. By generating interest and gaining readers now, you can lock in future sales.
  • You eliminate any excuse for readers not to own your book. Sometimes people think that even $2.99 per e-book is too much to invest on an unknown author. Take away every single excuse for readers not to own your book and give it to them for free. You just might land a dedicated reader who will mention you at their book club or on their blog. Plus, they can pass along your book to a friend or leave a book review on your website  all benefits to your writing career. Word-of-mouth can be incredibly effective.

Maybe you’re still not convinced that giving away your book for free is a sane marketing strategy. So consider this quote from Seth Godin, a bestselling author and marketing guru: “People will pay for content if it is so unique they can’t get it anywhere else, so fast they benefit from getting it before anyone else, or so related to their tribe that paying for it brings them closer to other people.”

Does your book meet those any of the three qualities he mentions? If not, give your book away for free just for a few days. You never know how many potential fans you could reach.

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Have you ever given your book away for free? How did it affect your marketing efforts?