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Initial post: May 31, 2014 8:49:39 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 8:55:25 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
how are you doing the search - PC or kindle (and which one) and I'm seeing prices listed on the website

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:04:10 AM PDT
Zanzibar says:
Isn't it great you can go elsewhere to find your free zombie books easily? No one is forcing you to stay with Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:08:14 AM PDT
I would go to the Amazon kindle store and type in zombies free kindle books and it would bring up over 200 choices that were updated daily. I would read many new writers and then move on to their other books and this was a great way to find new talent.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:09:25 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:18:20 AM PDT
Zanzibar says:
You are welcome. Also, maybe the zombie authors aren't offering as many freeloader books anymore. Of course the first assumption would be that Amazon is forcing you to look at things to buy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:28:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2014 9:29:48 AM PDT
Toby John says:
So, they are money hungry because they'd like people to buy books? Should they just give away all of their books?

Thank you for your unhelpful OP.

Posted on May 31, 2014 9:35:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2014 9:36:32 AM PDT
Michael says:
Amazon always gives a mix of weird results:

Zombie Cajun Garlic (Dual Protection) Hot Sauce (6oz) - Not Just A Novelty Gift For A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit - Best Bottle Of Louisiana Spiced Garlic And Cayenne Pepper Sauce To Use For Injection Recipes, Grilling Marinades, And Seasoning Up Any...

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:35:54 AM PDT
Granny says:
As a writer I would not like to see endless free books on Kindle. We want our books read, but we also would like to be paid for our work.

Posted on May 31, 2014 9:38:38 AM PDT
Granny says:
I love the ease of reading and ordering books for my Kindle Fire. However, when I find a book in an advertised series, it is VERY difficult to find the rest of the books. Is there a reason for not listing all books in a series in the store?

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:41:28 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I did that and saw 245 results but most aren't free for me (I'm not in the US)

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:45:22 AM PDT
It is up to the publisher or author to provide series information on a book's product page or in the About the author section.

Amazon seems to have done away with the Shelfari information on book series that use to appear on the page.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:51:15 AM PDT
 Ann says:
Try this search - http://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=zombie+free

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 9:53:20 AM PDT
My point was not to always download only free books. Again, I buy many books for my kindle every month. Having the option to look at the free books available is not forcing anyone to post them free, it is the option to see what free ones are available at any given time. Again, many writers post free books so that buyers will read those books and then if they enjoy them, they will move on to that authors other books and read them as well. It is a win for both the new author and the reader looking for something different and gives the author a bigger audience. What would any of you be against having a way to search out free books in an easier manner as they exist anyway?

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:03:21 AM PDT
Toby John says:
Somehow I thought that would be the case ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:07:59 AM PDT
Ann,
Thanks for your help, but that is still not the one that existed as of yesterday and is now gone. I get that Amazon wants us to look at all books so they can sell more, but if free books exist what is the issue with being able to find them more easily?

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:11:36 AM PDT
Toby John says:
I thought you were done with Amazon and their money hungry ways?

THAT is what people are responding to - your words.

As for free books, in my experience one generally gets what one pays for. I have little interest in free books. But then, I like to read books I consider "good," as in well-written. And well-written is in the eye of the beholder.

There are, of course, many whose only criterion is "is it free?", and who consider a 2.99 purchase hugely expensive. I suspect I do not have much in common with these folks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:19:49 AM PDT
That's a pretty broad generalization you make there. Because buyers look for free books, that makes them a lower form of reader than you? I have found many new authors publishing on their own that offer their books free to gain an audience and have written terrific books. I don't hold to the adage that self publishers are worse writers than those that have contacts with publishing houses. I find that many of the big authors today put out the same thing over and over again.

I have attempted to explain my motivation for my post and you seem to have read the first post and then shut your ears. No one forces authors to post free books, they do it for a reason. Having an easier way to gather those free books in one place takes nothing away from any author trying to make a living and does not make the readers of those free books any less a discerning reader than anyone else.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:24:30 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I see 245 putting those search parameters in the search box on a PC, but most of them aren't free (I'm not in the US) with prices listed below them

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:27:22 AM PDT
I don't understand. I toggled Kindle Store, Go. Then e-books. Typed zombie into the window, Go. Sorted by price lo-to high and get a herd, a HERD of free zombie books.

What doesn't work, exactly?

Posted on May 31, 2014 10:27:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2014 10:30:06 AM PDT
Look:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_price-asc-rank?keywords=zombie&qid=1401557109&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A154606011%2Ck%3Azombie&sort=price-asc-rank

ETA: Page after page after page after page full of free zombie books. What's the malfunction, Fred?

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 11:18:59 AM PDT
Thank you all for your posts.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 11:21:47 AM PDT
I think he has a problem realizing it is the same search since results are now listed in a grid format whereas previously they were in a list format.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 12:08:58 PM PDT
I understood him to mean people who "only" look for free books and that's all.

Not people who check out a free offering from a new to them author to see of they like the writing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 1:15:18 PM PDT
Interestingly enough, when I GOT the page, it was the list format that I'm used to. But when I checked the same self-same link from my post (yes, I check), I got the grid layout. Weird.
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