The City of Refuge: Free Kindle Book

A tight, intriguing mystery with quite a twist.

The once-magnificent city of Amarna has fallen into decay and despair.

So when the Pharaoh sends a delegation of priests and soldiers to what resources remain in the dead city, none of the crew are overjoyed. 

Their journey into a dead city brings them into a world of human greed and corruption, betrayal and revenge. 

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This book is free 9/20.

Diana Wilder

A childhood spent moving across the country instilled in Diana Wilder a love of traveling and experiencing new cultures. 

She is an avid writer, graphic designer cat lover and adventurer.

Connect with Diana:

http://www.dianawilderauthor.com

 


The Drought – Free Kindle Book

Like a southern John Irving novel – I loved the characters!

A record drought has pushed the residents of Havensburg, Kentucky over the edge. The normally quiet southern town has erupted into a seething mass of panic, greed and hysteria. After two long, hot weeks, Havensburg is about to reach its boiling point.

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Lily White

Lily White lives in Kentucky with her husband, a fellow-author. Lily loves reading and writing and is a bit of a hippie. 

Lily welcomes readers, agents, and publishers to contact her at authorlilywhite@gmail.com


Book Giveaway: ZOO by James Patterson

Fans! We’re giving away a copy of the bestselling book ZOO for Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iBooks. 

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson’s best book ever.

Total

For 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. ZOO is the thriller he was born to write.

World

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.

Destruction

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it’s too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson’s ZOO is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride from “One of the best of the best.” (TIME)

 

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Freebooksy Report: The State of KDP Select Free Promotions

In May of this year, Freebooksy commissioned a survey of authors who had used KDP Select’s free promotion days between January and April 2012.

72 authors completed the survey. Some of these authors had been featured on Freebooksy, some had not. We posted the link to the survey in Kindle forums and groups to get a cross-section of respondents.

The findings of our survey are below. We have opened up our survey for authors who conducted a KDP Select Free Promotion between May and August. Please help us to provide this data by completing the survey now. 

Book Profile

Of the 72 books that ran a free promo:

Average number of reviews = 17

Average review Score = 4.2

Average Price = $3.09

Median Price = $2.99

 

Genre Breakdown:

Free Downloads

The average number of days a book was free was 2.36 with 2 free days being the median.

Average number of free downloads = 6,972

Median number of free downloads = 4,004

 

Least amount of free downloads = 74

Most amount of free downloads = 35,400

The number of free downloads was most positively correlated with the # of reviews a book had. So, the more review a book has, the more likely someone is to download that book free.

This makes sense as readers like to know that content has been vetted before spending time downloading and reading it, even if the content is free. The number of reviews acts as a validator, telling the author that many people have read and reviewed this book so it is worth downloading.

Notably, the review score does not hold the same predictive power, perhaps because readers know that not everyone will like the same material (the bestselling book on Amazon today, Gone Girl, has just as many 1- and 2-star reviews as it does 4- and 5-star reviews) but just knowing that many people have read the book, gives them comfort.

Authors also see more free downloads if they offered their book free for more days, but the average number of free downloads per day is greatest over a 2-day free promotion.

Sales Spikes

To control for price distribution, we looked at sales spike by units of books bought before and after the free promotion days.

Average number of books sold before promotion (per week): 19

Average number of books sold after promotion (per week): 141

On average, authors saw a 6-fold increase in book units sold after their promotion ended.

 

Median number of books sold before promotion (per week): 5

Median number of books sold after promotion (per week): 49

Most authors saw an almost 10-fold increase in book units sold after their free promotion.

The sales unit spike was most highly correlated with the number of reviews a book had, the # of free downloads a book had and being featured on a 3rd party site.

This makes sense as the more downloads a book gets, the higher it ranks on Amazon’s Top 100 Free charts. When the book goes back to full-price, Amazon tends to keep the book listed on the charts for at least a few hours, giving the book exposure at it’s full price.

Similarly, if the book is featured on a 3rd party site, the book feature stays up on that site giving it visibility for a few days at full-price.

Marketing & Promotion

On average, authors spent $20 promoting their free promotion days, with the maximum amount spent being $500.

Half of the authors promoted their free days on their website, 78% of authors promoted their free book on Facebook & Twitter and 67% were featured on a 3rd party site. 29% of author sent an email to family & friends and 15% sent an email to their fan list.

Being featured on a 3rd party site and promoting the free days on Facebook & Twitter resulted in more free downloads and a higher unit sales spike.

87% of the authors plan to run another KDP Select free promotion in the future. 

Takeaways for Authors 

  • Run your promotion for 2 days
  • Make sure your book has at least 10 – 15 reviews
  • Promote your free days on Facebook & Twitter (if you don’t have pages yet, set them up)
  • Tell 3rd party sites about your promotion in advance (At Freebooksy we need at least 5 days notice for editorial features, and 48-hours notice for paid features.

Don’t foget to take the current survey so we can provide this data to you again in a few months!

 


How to Read Free Kindle Books (without buying a Kindle)

We post a lot of free Kindle books, but maybe you don’t have a Kindle (and don’t want to drop $70+ on one). Luckily, there are a few ways to read free Kindle books without actually buying a Kindle.

If you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch:

Download the free Kindle app for Apple! You can read any free Kindle book from your tablet or smartphone. Very handy for the Apple fan, or the smartphone owner on-the-go. I’ve read a few pages of books here and there- at the doctor’s office, while waiting for my friends to arrive at a restaurant- without having to bring my Kindle. It’s pretty handy, even for Kindle owners!

Kindle app for iPad (FREE)

Kindle app for iPhone and iPod tough (FREE)

If you own an Android device:

There’s an app for you, too!

Kindle app for Android devices (FREE)

If you don’t have a smartphone, but do have a computer:

You can read free ebooks on your computer! It isn’t the same as curling up in a chair with a Kindle, but it’s a close second. At least you get to dive into the world of a book- for free.

Kindle app for PC (FREE)

Kindle app for Mac (FREE)

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