Let’s Talk! (Week #28 – 5/10/13)

We’re up to week 28 of Let’s Talk! I haven’t joined in on every week’s discussion, but I’ve been around for most of them. It’s sparked some very interesting and lively conversations and given us all something to think about. That’s always a good thing. Here’s what Smash and Kt have to tell us about the weekly meme.

Originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans, Smash & Kt took her original inspiration, and made it their own, expanding it to more than just books. Let’s get personal (but respectfully so) and learn more about one another!  Each week, a different question will be posted along with a place to link up your posts and visit other people’s responses. This meme is definitely meant to bring out conversation and meet new people. So, Let’s Talk!

And here’s Today’s Question:

Do you take advantage of Freebies? or Do you think Freebies are a good selling tool for authors and publishers?

I know that there are people on both sides of this fence. I bet you can’t guess which side I fall on? It’s no secret that I take advantage of Freebies on a somewhat regular basis. I admit it, I’m cheap. I am also a read-aholic so I will feed the need however I can without going totally broke. I do not, however, pick up every Freebie that is available just for the sake of acquiring another free read. I usually stick to genres that I know I will like – namely paranormal romance or fantasy.

I do from time to time use Freebies to pick up something from an author I haven’t read before or from a genre I rarely read just to check them out. Which brings me to the second part of the question. Do I think Freebies serve as a good selling tool? From my experience, yes. I can’t tell you exactly how many Freebies have led me to subsequently purchase a book that was either from the series or by the author who wrote it – but the average is fairly high. With all the books out there, sometimes I need a nudge to take a chance on a new author or a new genre. Freebies have helped me find some really great authors that I might not have noticed, especially Indie authors. (I do have to admit that some of the Freebies that I enjoy most are from authors I love who give us some extra little tidbits from our favorite characters in established series from time to time.)

I honestly appreciate every Freebie that is offered and in return I review every book that I read – regardless of the length. I also spread the word to people who may not know about a series or an author to give them a risk-free opportunity to check them out. Sharing the book love is why I’m here after all. ❤

So what about you? Do you take advantage of Freebies? Join this week’s discussion and Let’s Talk!

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2 comments on “Let’s Talk! (Week #28 – 5/10/13)

  1. Me’s too. I used to grab without looking at GR first. Now I take a look OR most of the time I only go look at a freebie if I see a blogger I follow alert me, go to GR, then go grab. I review them all, but sometimes just on GR.

    • Once in a blue moon I will glance over the Freebies on Amazon, but not often. I have so many, I really don’t need anymore, but if one catches my eye I can’t resist. I have a few bloggers and friends on GR that I always check out. I also check out what everyone else is reading for their ‘Why Buy the Cow?’ challenge. I do depend on GR a lot to see who is reading what and how they rated it.
      Depending on what the book is and how long it is I may just give it a quick review on GR too.

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