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Sudden lack of free Kindle e-books?!

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Initial post: May 30, 2014 2:30:48 PM PDT
Is it just me or is there all of a sudden a decided lack of free Kindle e-books in all kinds of categories? Am I the only person noticing this? Does anyone know what's going on or why this is happening?

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 2:40:40 PM PDT
Here, scroll through to your hearts content.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 2:43:27 PM PDT
I think there are still plenty of free books. They're just not being advertised as much.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 2:46:46 PM PDT
Hello. I clicked on the link you provided. All it did was take me to Amazon's front website page. I went to Kindle, then Kindle e-books, chose Romance as the category, then said list from low to high by price. It only listed a few free books, many of which were in foreign languages, then went right to $0.99 for the cost. That's why I'm so confused. There used to be pages and pages of free Kindle e-books available for download in many different categories. Now, there are hardly any. I'm trying to find out why and if this is permanent. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 2:59:09 PM PDT
Artist says:
Click on this link:

Then click on Top 100 Free at the top of the list.

Other customers wouldn't know if there are less books than you're used to seeing, or if it's permanent. Ask Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 3:02:47 PM PDT
Thank you very much! This was very helpful!! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 3:23:11 PM PDT
Hmm. That link takes me to the Kindle Store with books listed by price from lowest to highest. I even went to far as to move to a different PC and I get the same thing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 3:52:02 PM PDT
Artist says:
That's what I see, too.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 4:37:42 PM PDT
Well, that's just strange because now I'm seeing what you're seeing, too. However, this is where I "usually" go to start looking for books and this is where there is usually a plethora of free books and now there isn't. I just find that very curious. Thank you both for you help. I sincerely appreciate it! :-)

Posted on May 30, 2014 7:14:31 PM PDT
Amethyst - try this

on the right, directly under manage your devices, you will see 'Sort by'. Scroll to Sort by 'Price: Low to high'. That should bring you to the thousands of free books, it does so for me. Hope this is what you are looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 8:05:20 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Thanks for asking this, AmethystAngel2013!

I don't know what is going on, but you are quite right!

When I look right now, I get 1,352 free books in the USA Kindle store. That is the lowest I've ever seen it...and more than 50,000 fewer than I got on May 1st! Here are some of my earlier numbers...hopefully, this is some kind of fluke or glitch which gets resolved quickly.

Free books (including public domain)

May 1, 2014: 59,957
April 1, 2014: 57,945
March 1, 2014: 58,588
February 1, 2014: 57,648
January 1, 2014: 56,793
December 1, 2013: 57,311
November 1, 2013: 58,238
October 1, 2013: 56,199
September 1, 2013: 57,547
August 1, 2013: 56,113
July 1, 2013: 55,068
June 1, 2013: 55,811
May 1, 2013: 54,033
April 1, 2013: 55,670
March 1, 2013: 54,946
February 1, 2013: 54,567
January 1, 2013: 54,538
December 1, 2012: 50,869
November 1, 2012: 50,938
October 1, 2012: 50,982
September 1, 2012: 52,601
August 1, 2012: 51,680
July 1: 53,728
June 1: 50,470
May 1: 48,904
April 1: 49,826
March 1: 51,860
February 1: 48,207
January 1, 2012: 46,201
December 1: 43,757
November 1: 42,657
October 1, 2011: 42,710
September 1, 2011: 39,540
August 1, 2011: 38,936
July 1, 2011: 38,627
June 1, 2011: 37,415
May 1, 2011: 36,481
April 1, 2011: 33,469
March 1, 2011: 15,931
February 1, 2011: 15,947
January 1, 2011: 16,758
December 1, 2010: 16,708
November 1, 2010: 16,703
October 1, 2010: 16,702
September 1, 2010: 16,726
August 1, 2010: 20,634
July 1, 2010: 20,628
June 1, 2010: 20,590
May 1, 2010: 20,601
April 1, 2010: 20,619
March 1, 2010: 20,143
February 1, 2010: 19788
January 1, 2010: 19,802
December 1, 2009: 19,895
November 1, 2009: 18,547
October 1, 2009: 7,428
February 28, 2009: 7,401

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 10:47:23 PM PDT
GeraldsMrsMc says:
Same thing is happening to me. I always pick Literature & Fiction than Religious & Spiritual. Normally I sort low to high. When I do this time, it only gives 1 free book and then the books are .99 cents. I hope this is a glitch. It was fun looking for free books, like a treasure hunt. I found a number of good authors by doing that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 11:42:02 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
Amethyst, I use

That link is just for the romance books. You can create any filter you want and then save it and it will be there when you come back.

Posted on May 31, 2014 5:33:32 AM PDT
I don't read romance but I love Jungle Search for finding Kindle books by genre and price range.

It's run by ereaderiq and links back directly to the Kindle store. Give it a try:

Posted on May 31, 2014 11:35:24 AM PDT
I got zero books using the above search for various genres. However, I received the following information later today from DailyFreeBooks:

"You may have noticed that there are hardly any free ebooks coming from today. This appears to be an issue at the Amazon end and hopefully as soon as it resolves, books will start coming through as normal."

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 12:00:18 PM PDT
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Posted on May 31, 2014 12:11:19 PM PDT
CatChat says:
my TBR list is so long I think I'll be OK till they come back.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 1:39:08 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
It now appears that this may be a technical glitch.

I got very different results using different browsers:

Internet Explorer 7: 1,231
Maxthon 4.06.2000: 1,231
Google Chrome 35.0.1916.114 m: 59,868
SeaMonkey 2.26: 1,231
Silk (on my Kindle Fire HDX): 1,231

While it is possible that the higher Chrome number is wrong, since the others agree, it also possible it is the only correct one...

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 7:27:00 PM PDT
GeraldsMrsMc says:
It looks like it has been fixed. I was able to see the free books as normal.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2014 7:54:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2014 7:54:43 PM PDT
Artist says:
Be careful, Lan. Authors are not supposed to promote their books on any forum but the Meet Our Authors Forum.

Edited for clarity.

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Posted on Jun 2, 2014 5:43:56 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
I am now getting reasonable numbers compared to previous months again. While the problem could be intermittent, it's possible it has been resolved.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2014 11:27:34 AM PDT
i agree, 2xmonth i go through all the free lists, including lists broken down into categories. they've been the same books for about 3 months. i cannot find a link to limited time free books from kindle, but am on newsletters for authors & they often give their books away for very short times. dailyfreebooks list limited times free books.
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