Its much easier to understand why so many authors are giving away books for free if you take a look at the bestsellers in the Fantasy Section of the Kindle Store –
- #1 is Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, which is currently free.
- #8 is Royal Assassin, the next book in the series after Assassin’s Apprentice. It retails in the Kindle Store for $6.39.
- #11 is Assassin’s Quest, which is the last book in the series, and also retails for $6.39.
Also, Fool’s Errand is #44 at the moment. This book is the first in a separate Robin Hobb series that is a continuation of the FarSeer series (assassin’s quest etc.) so you can see the impact is pretty impressive.
And if that isn’t enough proof,
- #3 is His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (also free).
- #10 is Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik (it’s not free); and
- #17 is Black Powder War by Naomi Novik (this one isn’t free either).
Naomi Novik also has a couple more of her books in the top 50 – #46 is Victory of Eagles, and #34 is Empire of Ivory.
So the free book strategy works really well when you give away the first book in a series. Just make sure that the official Kindle blog and other blogs like mine know about it so we can get the word out to Kindle owners.