Recently I was discussing books with a total stranger. Well the topic of ebooks came up, and I mentioned how I routinely search the free ebooks on Amazon, and I got a cringe! No joke, a cringe! Then the person says “Yeah but those are all the reject novels. They are free because they weren’t selling! I wouldn’t waste my time on crap like that” and then they laughed at me!
Excuse me, price snob, but free does not always equal a non-selling novel. Some authors just want their foot in the door and are ok with giving their work away for free for a while. Yes, sometimes it’s free because it’s not selling but that is not always the case! You know, they say not to judge a book by its cover? Well I’m adding don’t judge it by its price tag, or lack of one, either! You aren’t giving that author a chance just because they aren’t charging you a fee? Really? That’s dumb. That’s like the dumbest of dumb, from dumbtown.
I’m sorry but if the synopsis sounds good and it has good ratings, why does it matter if it’s free or $5? Price does not dictate whether or not a novel is good, writing does! Course I’m not recommending you go out and spend tons of money on one either. That’s just as bad, in my opinion, unless you are a collector. But I digress. Seeing a free ebook, is no different than a friend handing you a book you’ve never read before and saying ‘Here, it’s yours now’. You’d take it right? You’d give it a chance right? How is that any different than seeing a free ebook on Amazon?
Morale of the story, don’t be an idiot like the person I met the other day! Take a chance my friends! Grab that free ebook because you may find you a gem. Plus, you can be the person that says “Har har, I got it when it was free!” when the price tag goes up.
Have you taken a chance on a free eread and found a diamond in the rough? Tell us about it!