MERITS OF PROVIDING FREE EBOOKS
The Commercial Benefits of Providing Free Ebooks
The rationale for making FREEDOM freely available is provided on the book’s website:
While ‘FREEDOM’ is available for purchase in
bookstores, due to its world-saving importance it is also
being made FREELY AVAILABLE online at
So you can judge for yourself right away!
There is also growing evidence amongst authors and publishers that making Ebooks freely available acts to generate interest, and results in increased hardcopy sales.
The following are examples of authors giving away free Ebooks, leading to increased sales of hardcopies:
1. Andy Weir (author)
An example of free access creating a groundswell of interest that lead to it becoming a bestseller in hardcover sales (and ultimately, a movie adaptation).
‘The Martian is the first published novel by American novelist Andy Weir. It was originally self-published in 2012 before Crown purchased the rights and re-published it in 2014. Having been rebuffed by literary agents, Weir put the book online for free at his website. At the request of fans he made a Amazon Kindle version available through Amazon.com at 99 cents (the minimum he could set the price). The Kindle edition rose to the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling science-fiction titles where it sold 35,000 copies in three months. This garnered the attention of publishers: Podium Publishing, an audiobook publisher, signed for the audiobook rights in January, 2013, and Weir sold the print rights to Crown in March 2013 for six figures. The book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list on March 2, 2014 in the hardcover fiction category at twelfth position.’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martian_(Andy_Weir))