Okay, so I’m new to this game. Debut author, trying to get noticed. Alongside the other 3,500 people who publish books every day (and that does not include eBooks, source: Bowker 2012).
In the past few weeks, I’ve visited scores of websites and signed up for daily email blasts to find the best sites to promote my novel, Ten Days In Paradise. The upshot of all this cyber exploring: I am amazed at all of the terrific websites devoted to helping readers find quality eBooks at bargain prices or free.
And we’re not talking about novels with bad covers and strange titles that look like they were written over a long weekend. These eBooks range from timeless classics to great women’s fiction to riveting thrillers and more. For example, yesterday on Amazon, you could download for free the Kindle versions of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and the Dickens classic, a Tale of Two Cities.
While I’ve been out there pitching bloggers and Amazon reviewers for my novel, I’ve discovered an entire universe of new authors I’ve never heard of (and no doubt hoping a few people discover me : ) I’ve downloaded several free Kindle eBooks including Summer of Firefly Memories by Joan Gable, Shore Lights by Barbara Brenton and Tender Grace by Jackina Stark. All are highly rated on Amazon with dozens if not hundreds of reviews, and I can’t wait to read them.
The reasons to discount a book or offer it for free are as varied the books themselves. Whether it’s the publisher of an older book looking to generate new interest, or a debut author like myself trying to attract readers, these websites are a terrific resource for authors and readers alike.
So where do you go to get all these great deals? Here are a few of my favorite sites:
On Kboards.com, click on Books then Free Books and it will take you to the Amazon free book listing for that day, where you can search by genre by selecting categories on the left side of the page.
Keep in mind these deals are constantly changing, so what is free or discounted today may not be tomorrow.
Speaking of free eBooks, I’m hosting a Kindle Giveaway today, Feb. 26, for my novel Ten Days In Paradise. Visit http://bit.ly/KindleTenDays to download it for free. Set on beautiful Sanibel Island, it’s a compelling and heartfelt story about the complexities of marriage and family relationships – and I’ve been told, a great winter escape.
So many books, so little time … happy reading!