Help Make My First Book Free on Kindle

Posted: 24th July 2014 by Jason Kristopher in My Work
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There’s a problem with having my book available in so many places on the web – it reduces the control I have over some of the factors that go into selling the book. Chief among those is the price.

To wit: I can’t make my book free on Kindle. At least, not without some help.

Amazon only lets you price your ebook for free five days out of every 90, and then only if your book is in their Kindle Select program. And, you guessed it, to get in that program, you have to only sell on Kindle. Naturally, I didn’t want to limit my readership in that way, so I’m out of luck…

… or maybe not. As with many things in life, there’s a workaround for this, too. Authors who have their books listed on SmashWords have reported being able to set their ebook price at $0.00 there, with Amazon price-matching their title to free “at some point later.” That ‘later’ point can be days, weeks, or months away – or it may never come. So some enterprising folks have come up with a secondary workaround to that workaround: reporting the lower price to Amazon.

The Workaround

If you go to my first book’s Amazon page, about halfway down the page, at the bottom of the product details section, you’ll see this:


See that link I outlined? That’s how you can help me make the book free.

When you click that link, a window pops up that looks like this (once you click “Website (Online)” that is):


This handy-dandy window allows you to report a lower price (in this case, free) on the same title at another vendor. All you have to do is fill it out and click “Submit feedback” – that’s it. If you’d like to help me out, here’s the info to fill in (you can use either URL, or both, if you like my work enough to submit it twice!):

Price ($): 0
Shipping cost ($): 0
Date of the price: Just leave it – it’ll be the current date by default.


Hit “Submit feedback” and Amazon will now know about the lower price. Who knows if they’ll price match it or not, but this is the only way to know we’ve done all we can.

Why Free = Good

Think about how you found out about my book, or any of the others you’ve read recently. Chances are, a friend – be it a Facebook Friend or otherwise – mentioned it to you, said they enjoyed it, and recommended it. Maybe you read a good review, or maybe you just stumbled upon it by happenstance.

If you weren’t actively looking for it, would you buy a book by an author you hadn’t read that was priced at $2.99? What about $3.99? or $4.99? Even a 99-cent book might seem too much, given the number of ‘authors’ releasing so-called books on the marketplace.

But free… well, that’s a whole different ballgame, isn’t it? That’s just a little bit of your time, and not any of your money. And if you liked the book – or better yet, full-on loved it – then hey, you hit the bibliographical lottery, didn’t you? Oh, and the author has another book in the series… and some short stories, and… well, you get the idea.

Free = Good for authors you’ve not read yet. And I want as many people to read my book as possible. If you have the time to help me out with the links above, great. If not, please share the link to the book on Amazon:

Remember – the more people see it, the faster I can write the final book in the trilogy!

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