Perhaps a complicated question!
For the reader a free book may be hard to refuse. From the author’s perspective, it’s a different story. After all the hard work of writing, editing, publishing and marketing, it seems counter-intuitive to give away one’s books. For the self-published author there will be a real cost in giving printed books away and a loss of royalties for both these and traditionally published authors. Yet everyone seems to be doing it, and it’s become de rigueur in promoting ebook sales – a way of encouraging downloads, reflected in higher sales numbers and rankings. So, we’ve joined in the freebie giveaway activity, and taken advantage of Smashwords special promotion, currently running until March 11th.
Please share with your friends, and then hopefully they will buy our new novel ‘Never Do Harm’ which is currently being edited (slowly!) and soon to be electronically available.