Just a short note today to relate my experiences of making my ebook permafree on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).  I tried, at first, to follow everyone's advice and clicked on the ‘Tell us about a lower price' link on the product page, and then linked to Kobo, B&N and Smashwords.  I put out an appeal on this blog and on my social media, asking for other kind souls to do the same if they could spare the time.

But I quickly ran out of patience and I couldn't help but wonder if there had to be a better way.  So I sat down and wrote KDP this message, which I sent in via the contact form within KDP:

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Subject: I'd like to pricematch my ebook please

Hello,

I have made my ebook free on Barnes & Noble and Kobo and I'd be grateful if you could pricematch this for me on all Amazon sites.
The purpose of this, is to encourage sales of other books in the series which will be on sale with Amazon. Book 2 is already on Amazon and I hope to launch a 3rd book next month.

Details below and thank you for your help.

If there are any other details you'd like, please let me know.

Kind Regards,
Mikey Campling

Title: Breaking Ground (The Darkeningstone Book 1)
ASIN: B00IOVO3C8
Author: Mikey Campling
Amazon.co.uk url:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Ground-The-Darkeningstone-Book-ebook/dp/B00IOVO3C8

Barnes &Noble url: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breaking-ground-mikey-campling/1120408600
Kobo url: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/breaking-ground-the-darkeningstone-book-1

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The next day, I received this email in reply:

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Hello,

I hope this email finds you well. Thank you for contacting us.

From your email I understand that you'd like to have your book for free. I'll be happy to help make this happen for you.

From time to time, we may match prices elsewhere online, including free promotions. However, we retain discretion over our retail prices.

In the future, you can let us know about lower prices through our website by clicking the link to “Tell us about a lower price” under the “Product Details” section for your title. Please be sure to specify all of the websites, which are selling the book at a lower price.

Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

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And Bob's your mother's brother, my ebook was free – at least on amazon.com, and my friends in the USA were already downloading, and I hope enjoying, my novella.

I've asked KDP about making it free on all their marketplaces and I'll let you all know how that goes.

In the meantime, I hope that my experience helps someone else.

Have you had a good or bad experience with making your ebook permafree?

What worked for you?  What didn't?

There's a comment box down there – shove your thoughts into it for all to see.

 

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