Originally Posted by amoroso
In my case, giving the book away for free is actually not a marketing or promotion strategy. I published the book to Smashwords to learn about the process, and possibly make mistakes with limited consequences, before committing to a book for sale and actual buyers. The main reason why the book is free is that its shortness wouldn't probably justify even the lowest 0.99$ price.
Thanks for the feedback. From what I read I seemed to understand that price matching was an established process.
Don't sell yourself short. See what the market thinks.
I had published a short work on Amazon a couple years ago with the same thought. I was going to put it out for free, but found I couldn't.
Turns out it's been selling pretty well ever since.
Give it a couple months with some promotion and see how it does. You can always turn to the 'desperate-to-give-it-away' tact later.