Submission and Free-dom

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One of the things that is pretty frustrating about digital publishing is my lack of control of pricing — at one particular portal. It is part of Amazon’s Terms of Service that they control the price of the book – the price I set is subject to their approval and/or modification. They will not allow authors to make a book free on Amazon (unless that title is enrolled in their KDP Select program, which requires that the book be available only at Amazon). They may match a free price at another portal or not, at their discretion. On their various portals in different countries, they have the same right to manage prices.

It had been my  plan to leave SUBMISSION free for a while, at least through January. That’s been a pretty effective promotion strategy for this series, probably because it gives readers a sample. SUBMISSION is no longer free at Amazon.com this morning, and has not been free at all of their portals ever.

If you would like to see SUBMISSION free in your territory, you (as a consumer) can report a lower price to Amazon. If enough people do this, they may choose to match the free price. Just scroll down the product page – right above the bar chart for customer reviews, you’ll see a hotlink Tell Us About a Lower Price. That opens a window for you to paste in the link to another portal that has the same title free. I would love to have the title be free through the new year, so would appreciate your help in reporting. I hear that the best links to report are KOBO and Apple. If you do report a link, please make sure it’s the link specific to your territory. (That’s important with iTunes.)

I’ll put all the links here just for your reference. The prices at Amazon are as of this minute – they can change at any time.

Free at Smashwords
Free at All Romance eBooks
Free at Sony
Free at KOBO
Free at Barnes and Noble
Free at Apple iTunes US

$2.01 at Amazon.com
Free at Amazon.co.uk
1.64 euros at Amazon.de
Free at Amazon.fr
Free at Amazon.es
1.64 euros at Amazon.it
$1.99 at Amazon.ca
R4.14 at Amazon.br
Y158 at Amazon.jp

Thank you all! I’m off to put the finishing touches on FOREVER BOUND and will let you know when it’s available.

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