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Do you read the free kindle books?

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Initial post: Apr 6, 2012 4:26:33 PM PDT
Just curious to know if anyone besides myself reads the free books they download on their Kindles.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 4:33:38 PM PDT
Absolutely! I have been exposed to authors I never heard of and have been pleasantly surprised. Every couple of days I go to the list of free amazon books and downloads any that seem interesting to me. I'm carrying around a library of freebies that totally entertain me.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 4:40:20 PM PDT
Good to know I'm not alone.
To me, it is better than belonging to a book club. There are so many to choose from.
I wish I had more time to read.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 4:51:02 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
I've found some really good authors whose other books I've gone on to buy. In fact, I discovered a new favorite mystery series this way after picking up The Hell Screen (A Sugawara Akitada Novel) for free.

I am picky, though, about what I'll download, and I rarely download anything that I haven't read the "Look Inside" of -- and most of the books I've gotten through the free promos have been pretty good, and some have been excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:07:35 PM PDT
Twostory says:
You are not alone. About one third of my books are the "free" type - often free for a short time. Some are bad but most are "good" to "ok".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:12:38 PM PDT
Maryanne says:
Yes I really do read many of the freebies I have downloaded. I have found a few authors I wouldn't have known otherwise. What is your favorite type of download? Fiction, non-fiction?

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 6:16:29 PM PDT
Most of my books are free books. I probably would not have read them if they were not. I have become more "picky" on the books I download.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:40:41 PM PDT
Yes, I have been reading them for over a year now. Occasionally I will treat myself to a paid book. NOt very often because the list of books to be read is nice and plump.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 6:51:53 PM PDT
Audrey says:
I have gotten lots of free books. I have read and then rated a good number of them. Some are total garbage while others are real gems. I notice that lots of free books have one review, 5-stars, gushing how wonderful it is. Author's best friend or college roommate perhaps?

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 6:51:57 PM PDT
OMG! I am sooo into the freebies from authors I've not even heard of before and authors who get their first books published. is a good resource to get daily freebies or books under $3 or $4 sent to your inbox. It has been over a year since I subscribed, and it is so many books, so little time!

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 9:42:07 PM PDT
Amelia W. says:
I do enjoy getting the free books but I'm also a discerning reader. I won't waste my time reading a poorly written book though whether free or not. I have mentioned the free books through Pixel of Ink to a couple of published authors I know and they say the free program devalues their work. In their point of view they have invested much time and money to get their book published. They feel they should be compensated fairly since they put blood sweat and tears as well as money into their product. I can understand this viewpoint.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 9:59:58 PM PDT
Yes, I read the freebies. Most of what I download is non-fiction. I was surprised to realize (took my daughter to point it out) that I don't read much fiction anymore. I used to, but somewhere in the last five years, my focus has changed to non-fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 11:07:44 PM PDT

That series is not a genre or time period that would normally interest me, but it sounds so intriguing that I'm going to get the first book in the series from the library and give it a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 11:38:33 PM PDT
That's is an undertandable point of view - but initial marketing of a book has always had a cost associated with it. I'm always reminded of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', where the publishers got so desperate, they left hundreds of copies on park benches and subway trains, just so someone would read it and start a buzz about it....

hmmm... wonder what ever happened to that novel..? ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 12:02:17 AM PDT
Seriously, they did that? That's actually a pretty inventive thing to do.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 12:31:27 AM PDT
I like the freebies, but I've gotten very selective. It is a good way to discover new authors, but after my initial hoarding phase I realized so many were making me not want to pick up my Kindle that I had to learn to delete books when they didn't catch my interest. As a voracious reader this was hard at first, and somthing I'd only rarely done before. But now, I have so many options (and they were free, after all) I don't feel guilty for hitting the delete button after several chapters and no connection. Luckily, I've discovered enough new authors with lower-priced books that my old standbys (I'm a huge Stuart Woods and Janet Evanovich fan) rarely tempt me when they have a price tag over $10. My checkbook thanks me every month ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 1:38:41 AM PDT
It is apparently true. Mind you, a bit of a double edged sword - just imagine how you'd feel if you come back a week later, and they're all still lying there!

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 4:12:03 AM PDT
Lily Childs says:
Thanks for starting this thread Linda. It's a good question. I download free books as a taster - particularly by Indie authors, and will then buy further books by them if I like their style of writing.

As a writer myself, there's always the worry for us that people might download our books when they're on a free promo simply because they're free, but then never read them. So much time and effort has been put into writing them in the first place - we want readers to enjoy them!

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 5:24:38 AM PDT
L. Williams says:
I read my free books. I've been introduced to new authors this way. I got tired of buying books from indie authors who have the "friends & family" reviews. The books wind up being terible! On the other hand I've found some really good authors & have purchased their other books. Truly good authors have nothing to worry about by offering their books for free except new fans of course ;-)

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 5:25:56 AM PDT
I read free books a lot more than the ones I've bought. Amazing author's out there. Great way to get to know their work.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 6:45:00 AM PDT
Susan T says:
I intend to read ALL the books I download but have found two or three out of about 50 which didn't quite work for me. Most of them are free books so I have no compunction in deleting those which don't appeal. When I find an author I like, I look for other books by him or her and will purchase. I've had my Kindle since August last year and am becoming quite addicted to reading again. The housework is suffering as a result.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 7:16:22 AM PDT
C. Bican says:
same here when I was young I loved to read and then as life and kids took over I lost the reading "bug" but when I got my first reader it was nook color ( I now have nook tablet and the kindle fire) just because:) I got the "bug" all over again plus the lighting on the readers are so good when you get the tired eyes when reading a regular paper book I can read for such long periods of time again and then add in free books and new authors how could you not love it? I enjoy most of my free ones and started learning new's all fun, some people take it so serious but it's just fun for all ages and how could you not try something new if it's free....:) love love love my readers!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 7:24:41 AM PDT
Sarida says:
So far, I've only found one of the freebies that I didn't finish. Well, except for the cookbooks. I have weeded out quite a few of them.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 9:38:48 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
I found so many new favorite authors from reading free books really don't believe it. Those people with their noses in the air refusing to read a free book are the ones that are missing out.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 10:42:45 AM PDT
If their noses are in the air they can't be reading anyway, right? ;)

What I like about free books is that I don't have to read a sample. I just download the book and if I don't like it, I can just delete it. And there's an added benefit for me.

I may not want to read a book, but I usually want to find out what happens. For instance, if the book is a mystery, even if the writing isn't that great I still want to know who-dun-it. So this way, I can skip to the end and read that and feel satisfied. I can't do that by reading a sample.
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