Are Romance Writers Devaluing Their Work With Free and Discounted Books?

A Writer's Path

by Helena Fairfax

What do you think about free and discounted ebooks? Do you have hundreds of them on your eReader that you never read? Would you sign up to someone’s newsletter just to get a free book? Or do you think, “Why bother signing up to a newsletter, when there are thousands of free eBooks on Amazon all the time?”

There was a time – only a few years ago now – when someone came up with the great idea of offering one of their eBooks for free in order to hook in readers. A free book! This whole idea used to be new and attractive to readers. Paperback books are very rarely offered for free in bulk because it’s just too expensive, and so for authors to give away their work was once something excitingly new and different.

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