The great freebie giveaway experiment

It is far too early to work out if it’was successful or not but last weekend I decided to give away my A Simpler Guide to Gmail, Second Edition book for free for one day only.

As you might have already guessed A Simpler Guide to Gmail is a non-fiction book about of all things, Gmail, not a romantic story set in 1920s New York (although it could be a great time travel tale given enough time and plot!) I’ve come to the conclusion that giveing  away non-fiction books may not be the best idea.

As I mentioned it is too early to make a decision whether it is a success but I did give away hundreds of books on Saturday. So much so that I bottled out around midnight UK time and cancelled the rest of the 24 hour promotion.

Now I’ve taken part in giveaways before, the last one was with Fantasy Island Book Publishing for my Children of the Elementi book. The value of giving away books on Amazon is that your customerscan lend those books to their friends using the Amazon system. Of course at the moment this is only true for the US but it will expand in time to other countries.

The market for non-fiction is smaller. That is why traditionally the books are more expensive. You wouldn’t begrudge someone a living from their talents would you? I would agree that non-fiction is not necessarily easier or harder to write. After all fiction book are all in the inagination, but historical novels do need a certain amount of research. Still the market is smaller.

Another thing I did not take into account inmy great experiment is that it appears normally, the freebies available are not all full-blown books. I didn’t realise this but a Saturday of downloading lots of books revealed that most of the books were teasers or promotional material for services. Oops. I gave away the Full Monty, the Real McCoy (too many cliches?) – the complete book. I seemed to have missed a trick there!

My only hope is that people who have downloaded it find it useful enough that they will think to review it or at least tag it. If receiving is not on their minds, my sevond hope is that they lend it to their froends – before April when I take it off the Kindle Select program. Gmail was my biggest seller on Barnes and Noble and you could argue that I was putting all my eggs into one basket by only selling it on Amazon.

Time will tell!

A Simpler Guide to Gmail, Second Edition: Getting the most out of Google’s free email is now only available on Kindle

A Simpler Guide to Gmail, Second Edition CoverDue to changes in Gmail by Google in 2013, A Simpler Guide to Gmail is now half price until the new edition is ready for publication.

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This second (2012) edition of A Simpler Guide to Gmail is a fully revised, illustrated,straightforward and no-nonsense approach to a how-to guide for setting up your Gmail account. With twice the information of the first edition there are step-by-step guides to opening the account and sending email, to the more advanced features including Chat and Labs. Also now includes an introduction to Google+!

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The Chapters included are:

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Getting Started

Chapter 3 Security

Chapter 4 Sending and Receiving Emails

Chapter 5 Address Book (Google Contacts)

Chapter 6 Sorting Emails – No More Folders

Chapter 7 Searching for Emails

Chapter 8 Changing the Look and Feel

Chapter 9 Google Accounts and your Profile

Chapter 10 Introduction to Google+

Chapter 11 Chat

Chapter 12 Tasks

Chapter 13 Netiquette

Chapter 14 Gmail on your Android Device

Chapter 15 Advance Features – Google Labs

Chapter 16 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)