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Old 04-30-2013, 07:20 AM   #1
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If you read a free ebook by an author are you more or less likely to come back for the other paid ebooks?
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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More likely. If, of course, I liked the book!
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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I think your poll if flawed. If your question is "does the fact that I got a book for free make me reluctant to pay for another one?", that is one thing. I agree with pdurrant, it depends on if I liked the book. I have started buying several new authors based on books from the Baen Free Library. I have also acquired a lot of trash from Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and other sources that I would never buy.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:06 AM   #5
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If I liked a book by a given author, I'm more likely to buy another from them. While the fact that it was free might certainly be considered a bonus, "free" alone, really has no bearing on the "like it enough to read another" scenario.

"Free" only has an impact on my willingness to try something I might otherwise pass on.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #6
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Really depends on the content of the book, not the price.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:24 AM   #7
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I agree with pdurrant and the others. If I get one free and like the writing (and the story) I would be more likely to buy from them later. Of course price also comes into it. If they have too high a price for a given length of work I'm less likely to buy.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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I would definitely have to say more likely. I have found many new (to me) authors this way.

To further clarify my statement. Not all freebies are good. It depends on the content.
1) I scan the synopsis or blurb, if I'm interested.
2) I pick up the freebie and check it out.
3) I check to see if the author is mentioned on GR.
4) Then I read it.
5) If I liked it, I look for more by that author and buy them if they fit my eBook budget.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:03 AM   #9
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This is a good way to discover new authors, so if I'll like what I read I'll read works from this author again.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:33 AM   #10
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If I liked a book by a given author, I'm more likely to buy another from them. While the fact that it was free might certainly be considered a bonus, "free" alone, really has no bearing on the "like it enough to read another" scenario.




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"Free" only has an impact on my willingness to try something I might otherwise pass on.
Same here, or at least Free will get me to pick up, if not actually try, something I might not have otherwise. At the same time there are so many freebie's out there now that I end up grabbing stuff I have even a slight interest in before it's not free anymore. This causes me to have a pretty big list of freebies and honestly a lot of books get kind of lost in the pile while I'm more likely to read stuff I've paid for first. There have however been a handful of freebies that either came very highly recommended or were compelling enough by reading the description that I read them right away (but many are books I might have bought anyway). The ones I liked I ended up buying more books by that author, but it's not because they were free really. It's because I liked what I read.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:21 PM   #11
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It depends on whether or not I liked the book I read, not the fact that it was free.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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For free/cheap books, if I like them I do go back and buy more -- IF the remaining books are reasonably priced.

Giving me a good freebie and then asking me to pay around $5 for the next one will probably work. Asking me to pay more than $10 for the next one is a hard sell. Giving me a freebie and then asking me to pay more than $20 for the next one is a waste of time -- doesn't matter how much I liked the free one. There are just too many good books out there that are more reasonably priced.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:56 PM   #13
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The poll is missing the most important option...

If the author is unknown and If I like the free eBook, then yes, I'd read more from this author.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:01 AM   #14
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The poll is missing the most important option...
What, "The Blue one next to the Fish"?
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:27 AM   #15
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Neither of the above!

The fact that I was offered a free book and whether or not I read it have absolutely nothing to do with whether I would buy a book from any particular author.

The quality of the book would be the sole determining factor, wheither it was free or not.
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