I have a short story collection I have compiled over the years. Every time I write another one I add it to this collection. The eBook edition is easy enough to update and add new ones to it. The paperback is updated every so many years, when necessary.
Since this book is a sample collection, it will be my free sampler. I’m making it per-ma-free. It is already free on Apple. Barnes & Noble will be free in a few days. I’m not sure how long it will take for Amazon’s bots to pick up on the free price. You are welcome to notify them that you’ve found it free at Apple.
Today an announcement flew about the internet. I first saw it on my Facebook Timeline since I follow Publishers Weekly. Then it was confirmed by the headline across my homepage on Goodreads.
Amazon.com just bought Goodreads.com. Huh?
How is this going to affect the reader/author experience?
A lot of questions will surface over the coming months.
Will the reviews suddenly automatically appear on the Amazon site?
Will our Amazon book purchases be added automatically to our to read/reading lists?
Will the book giveaways keep going for the author/reader experience?
How are the big six publishing house going to feel about the stronger control Amazon is going to have over their reader experience?
Many, many more questions are going to be asked over the coming months.
I see some people who are anti-Amazon are running over to The Library Thing as their way to get away from Amazon. Is that really the answer? Is Amazon really an enemy just because they have learned how to play the game of monopoly? I can see it now, owning all the review sites would be like owning all the railroads and charging a fee for landing on it.
Naw, they wouldn’t do that now, would they?
Only time will tell.
Me: I’m on both Goodreads and The Library Thing.
At least The Library Thing allows eBook giveaway make great use of those Smashwords coupon codes for free books.
Oh, and just so you know, there is another book giveaway site out there. It is called fReado.com – You should take a look at it sometime if you are looking to escape the Amazon/Goodreads Experience.