Venues Publishers and Authors Use for 99¢ E-Book Specials

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If you’ve shopped for e-books lately, you’ll see plenty of 99¢ deals. How did they come about, and are they something you want to try for your book? I’ll share the ones I know about and are connected to some of my books.

Simple and Direct

The publisher or author who has published an e-book through KDP  submits a form to lower the price to 99¢ on Amazon. (Kindle Direct Publishing) This is a good time for authors to purchase several of their Kindle book gifts for future giveaways and other promotions.

Pre-Order Promotions 

Publishers and authors sometimes put books on sale for 99¢ in the pre-order periods to get books off to a good start. (See the example below for my book.)

KDP Select E-books

If the publisher or author who has self-published has entered the book on Amazon’s KDP Select program, they have agreed to sell the book only through the Kindle Store forever or for a period. During a KDP Select period, they can enter the book in a Kindle Countdown Deal in which the book price can start at 99¢ the first day. Each day after the first day the book price increases until it returns to the list price.

Box Sets

It seems there’s a trend to package books together in a box set and sell the set for 99¢. Many box sets are also on Kindle Unlimited. In Kindle Unlimited, authors are paid by the number of pages read by readers in the program who select their book.

Series Promotions

Many times you’ll see the first book of a series free or priced at 99¢ to get readers hooked on buying all the books in a series.

Ways publishers and authors use 99¢ book specials. Click to tweet.

What other ways have you used or seen 99¢ specials used to sell books?

Pre-order Link  $0.99 during pre-order period only.

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