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pdblake
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No, I haven't got any free books on Amazon, but I am trying. Unfortunately it won't let me set the price to zero.

Has anyone managed to do a freebie for Kindle on Amazon? I notice that they do a price match. Would setting the price to nothing at Smashwords force Amazon to do the same?

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I don't think we peons can set the price to zero on Amazon, unless you're in the KDP Select (exclusive) program, which allows you to set it to free for a certain number of days each period.

I have heard that Amazon will price match--eventually. You could set it to free on Smashwords--which is easy--and then email Amazon to make sure they notice.

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That's the only technique I know of. Have Amazon price match. They don't get around to it as quickly as they used to.
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If I put the price of my book to zero, Amazon will charge 4$ for overseas business. So you are happily invited to pay for a free book.
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MartinV, is that for ebooks?

Looks like I'll have to set it at SW then, and then surreptitiously inform on myself [Smile]

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Yes, for ebooks.

To be honest, I didn't try to put my ebook up for free. I set the price at $4.99 and the ebook is now on sale for $8.04. That's Amazon. Smashwords kept the price I've set.

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Do it from your own site, or through email. Although if you also have it up on amazon or others they might not like it. I think Goodreads has a free distribution option as well.
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The thing is I'm doing this for promo reasons so want as many people to get it as possible.
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