how to offer a kindle book for free on amazon

The Amazon Kindle e-book reader family has made a huge impact on the book scene in a relatively short space of time. The original Kindle was released in November 2007. The Kindle 2 was launched in February of 2009 and the large format Kindle DX, aimed at readers of magazines, newspapers and academic textbooks followed soon after in June of 2009.

how to offer a kindle book for free on amazon

Despite the fact that the Kindle 2 and the DX were released during a fairly gloomy economic downturn, they still sold extremely well. There has certainly been some criticism of the fairly high ticket price for both the Kindle 2 and the DX, but it seems as if Amazon's target market are content to pay $359 and $489 for the Kindle 2 and the DX respectively.

One of the big selling points of the Kindle series is the fact that no monthly fee is required for the ability to download e-books. Amazon use a 3G connection - called "Whispernet" and operated by Sprint - which means that Kindle owners can download electronic books from the Amazon store in under a minute - without any requirement for either a notebook or a WiFi connection.

A further perceived benefit is the availability of cheaper books. As there are no printing, paper or distribution charges associated with the electronic version of any given book, it can be offered at a lower price than the hardback equivalent.

Not only that, it's also possible to get free kindle books directly from the Amazon Kindlestore. All you need to do is visit the Amazon website, bring up their Kindlestore and perform a search for Kindle books. If you then choose the option "order by price - lowest to highest" you'll be presented with a list of books starting at $0.

There is an excellent selection of classics available - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island etc. - but a good number of more modern books are also available. Many of these are offered by publishers wanting to showcase authors and the list is revised quite often - so it's well worth checking back every now and again.

In addition to completely free books, there is a good selection of volumes which are available for purely nominal fees - $0.01 for example.

If you enjoy classics - or any book which has now entered the public domain due to its published date - you could very quickly recoup the price of your Kindle.

 

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