Author shocked as Amazon slashes his prices
The division of Amazon that oversees Kindle content announced this 1st October that they were dropping the price of 35 popular Kindle eBooks, to zero.
These titles included four titles by Australian author, Brian Lawrenson. Brian’s popular Silk Road Series eBooks normally sell for $2.99. These books are in the travel genre. Twenty of Brian’s eBooks are “shorts” which mean they are short stories that can be read in less than 30 minutes.
The now free eBooks immediately soared in popularity and there were over 4,000 downloads the first day. The most popular title, The Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors, jumped to #1 Best seller in the Travel, China category. This title raced on to the Kindle Top 100 Best Seller list overnight.
Brian commented, “Had Amazon told me that they were making this change, I would have been better prepared for it. My commission is normally 70% on USA sales and 35% for other locations. 70% of zero is still zero”.
The Amazon action comes from a fine print clause that allows them to change prices of an eBook if they find it selling elsewhere for less than the Amazon price. Well, the Silk Road Series of books is listed as free on Barnes and Nobles eBook site. The titles are also on Diesel, Kobo, iBooks and Sony shops. These titles are distributed by Smashwords and the initial pricing was set at zero.
So, if you are into free eBooks, you’d better visit the Kindle bookstore soon.