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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012 8:02:52 AM PST
Lisa says:
I used to get a daily email with books that are temporarily free for the day but I guess I must have stopped getting it and can't find the link. Has anyone ever heard of that and do you have a link? Thanks

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 8:32:26 AM PST
I use Ereaderiq.com.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 10:32:11 AM PST
I use them, too, but they don't list all the free books which is annoying.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 11:55:07 AM PST
As I understand it, Amazon asked them to stop sending lists of Select free books out. It has something to do with the Amazon Associates program, but I am not quite sure what. There is a post about it on kindleboards.com

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 4:24:36 PM PST
If you're talking about kinlib, the site has seemed to have some problems the last few days, but it is up now. There are many third-party sites that query Amazon for free books and either provide a list or send emails to subscribers.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 7:27:27 PM PST
Ereaderiq.com is still working. I got my daily email today.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 8:06:34 PM PST
Found the link to what I read on the subject.
http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,131573.msg1941742.html#msg1941742

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 8:21:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2012 8:22:18 PM PST
Scamp says:
Very interesting, especially since it is apparently from a rep of ereaderiq itself.

It absolutely does cost Amazon money each and every time they deliver a free book. But rather than put the muscle onto the affiliate sites, maybe they should simply stop the madness. (I did think it was madness when they allowed SPAs to flood the market with freebies.)

Or maybe a little forethought would have helped? It seems the geniuses who dreamed up this free-for-all didn't see the potential for an all-out freebie flood.

EDITED: for sense

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 8:42:10 PM PST
I think it might be because readers spend so much time trying to find free books they might like, they aren't buying the other books. At least, that's my guess. I think the Select thing was a mistake too, but they just didn't ask my opinion before they did it. ;o) It doesn't look like they are going to do away with it any time soon either, but who knows.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 9:09:15 PM PST
Scamp says:
>>I think it might be because readers spend so much time trying to find free books they might like, they aren't buying the other books.<<

That is probably true, Marti. Also, Amazon *does* incur costs for each download, though many people seem to think they don't. (Not you... this is something I have read from posters since the program began.)

Me? I scour the freebies when I get a chance, but I am only looking for new series or new authors, fresh reading material and new voices. I buy a lot of books and have spent quite a bit of money on books after discovering an author through freebies I picked up.

That said, I am aware that there are folks who almost exclusively read free books. I'm not criticizing that. There have always been people who have done so; in the past, it was pretty much only via the library system. I may be alone in this, but I do not see books as luxuries. I see them as necessary to a free society and believe reading material of all kinds should be available to all.

But...

Looking at it from Amazon's standpoint... they are not a library. They do not get tax money to put up free books. They take a loss for *every* download. It makes no sense for them to pay for perpetual free downloads. And as a public company they have shareholders to answer to.

Thus, I think the free downloads from SPAs will come to an end. I think it should have been launched with an end date firmly established. (They didn't ask me, though. lol)

But who knows? This is just guesswork on my part, but when I see sites like ereaderiq (dot) com being pressured to stop showing so many freebies, it sounds like a death knell. To me.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 9:28:40 PM PST
I think Select was meant to be a way to sell more prime memberships and if the lists didn't specify, it is possible readers not in Prime spent a lot of time looking at books they couldn't get free. Also just a guess. On the other hand, I think they expanded the Select program to the UK store, and that doesn't sound like they are going to do away with it. What ever the reason, it was apparently hurting Amazon's bottom line.

It is also interesting to see the prices go down on the Trad books since they lost their lawsuit. I haven't heard if any of the readers are going to get a refund...probably not.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 6:52:29 AM PST
MommaCat says:
More that 5000 free books a day isn't enough for you? I'm just shaking my head.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:40:21 AM PST
Lisa says:
I just keep seeing the same ones over and over on amazon and I know there's more. I don't seem to see any list of 5000.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:09:37 PM PST
wow, thanks for the tip......the kindle and amazon cloud are great methods to add more spice to my reading....most readers have varied tastes

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:34:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 12:35:21 PM PST
Ereaderiq.com only sends a few to your email, sorted by the genres you choose. On the right side it has the total free book count, today there were 550 in the US. There are other sites too.
If you look in the main Kindle forum, in the post Free books, with today's date, there is another site listed in the first post-kinlib something or other. There are more there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:45:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 12:46:03 PM PST
MommaCat says:
You need to go to ereaderiq.com

You'll see that it's set up by genre, you can filter the genres to your particular tastes and save them for daily use. Go there every day and you should be able to find all the books you ever hope to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:49:06 PM PST
Miss M says:
Lisa,
These are the three primary sites that I'm aware of, that track the daily updates/list all the free books from Amazon's KDP Select program, plus the occasional trad-published freebie. They all track the same stuff.

Ereaderiq:
US: http://www.ereaderiq.com/free/
UK: http://www.ereaderiq.co.uk/
Note: You can also change your setting to other geographical regions on the ereaderiq.com homepage

Kindle Users Forum:
US: http://www.dailyfreebooks.com/
UK: http://www.kuforum.co.uk/free_ebooks/latest/

Kinlib:
US: http://us.kinlib.com/feed/
UK: http://uk.kinlib.com/feed/
*The "feed" link provides all available updates.

http://twitter.com/#!/kinlib

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 1:10:17 PM PST
Yea, those are the ones! Thanks Miss Mitford!

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 4:52:03 PM PST
You can also go to your favorite genre here no Amazon. On the right corner, sort by price low to high. That will give you the whole list.
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