I have news regarding the current state of the “Thoughts Discovered: Love, Adventure and Other Noble Quests” eBook on Amazon.
When I first signed up for the Kindle Select program I did so ignorantly. Thinking I would be able to run multiple free promotions throughout the compulsory 90 day period of having the eBook exclusively available on Amazon, I was wrong. However knowing what I know now, the fact is that I can only run one “5 day” free promotion over a 90 day period and during this period my eBook may only be available on the Amazon website. Seeing that I already ran the promotion, and it being over now, that mean the eBook is no longer free, anywhere, for the next 80 days or so. Of course I did more research after the fact and discovered how to make the book free, indefinitely, which I also attempted before signing up to the Kindle Select program but I did so erroneously. My fundamental mistake was pointing to the, then free, book on Smashwords instead of the one on Barnes and Noble, which was free. Amazon has a feature on a book’s page where the visitor can “tell us about a lower price?” and then which makes Amazon’s bots go searching to that match a lower price found on the site that was submitted, in this case a free version and subsequently making it free on Amazon. So my mistake was pointing Amazon to the Smashwords page of my eBook mand it turns out that Amazon does not take Smashwords’ word too seriously and they prefers their bigger competitor, Barnes and Noble, which is part of Smashwords’ distribution network any way.
And so we learn. I hope this information can help some other weary writers who which to have their eBooks available for free on Amazon, indefinitely.
So what does this mean to you, the eager reader wanting to get their hands on some free loot? Well, you’ll have to be patience and wait, or you can always buy the eBook for the low price of $2.99, I couldn’t set it lower than that unfortunately. You are also most welcome to buy the paperback edition also available on the Amazon website.