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Old 06-14-2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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Question on Kindle Freebies

My understanding is that as a self-published writer you can't put something on the Kindle store for free, but if it's free elsewhere, (Smashwords) and Amazon finds out, they may make it free. I know they used to pay you the royalty when they did that, but then they amended the contract to say they won't any longer.

I would actually love for them to make my novella, The Death Trip, free on Kindle. I just made it free on Smashwords, but the Kindle store hasn't done the same yet. My thinking is that when it was free on Kindle for a brief time last fall, it got a lot of downloads. If it happened again, I think maybe some of that might spill over into sales for my other book and help attract readers. Is there anything I can do besides wait around for Amazon to realize it's free elsewhere?

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Old 06-14-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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Is there anything I can do besides wait around for Amazon to realize it's free elsewhere?

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There is a link on the books page to report it being found at a lower price elsewhere that reads; Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:27 PM   #3
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Thanks!

D'oh! I knew there was something like that, but I looked and didn't see it. After your reply, I looked again. Thanks. Now I must get my minions to report my infraction as well, so Amazon will lower the price.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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I think it helps if you can get many poeple to click that for you also.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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Can you let us know how you get on? I wouldn't mind getting some free stuff on Amazon.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:50 AM   #6
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My understanding is that as a self-published writer you can't put something on the Kindle store for free, but if it's free elsewhere, (Smashwords) and Amazon finds out, they may make it free. I know they used to pay you the royalty when they did that, but then they amended the contract to say they won't any longer.
I'm dumb. I just asked this same question a little while ago

Do you get in trouble when they find out you're giving it away for free somewhere else? I really hate being yelled at, especially by the Man.
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I'm dumb. I just asked this same question a little while ago

Do you get in trouble when they find out you're giving it away for free somewhere else? I really hate being yelled at, especially by the Man.

I did not. They just sent me an email that said they were "matching another merchant's promotion."
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