Ebooks for free increasing sales?

A lot of us right now know about the controversy and questions of the future of publishing. If i was smart, I would be doing my research paper on the status of ebooks at the moment, and in the future, but I’m not smart. However, while looking for other things, I found an article that linked to a study. The study found that the short term sales of print books went up after a free online ebook was released.

Interestingly, when a book was released for free and for an indefinite time, it actually increased the sales by an average of 5%.  However, when Tor released an ebook for only a week, it decreased the sales of that book drastically.

Anyway, here is the summary of the study and here is the whole article, in case you are interested in reading on that.

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About Abigail

I'm an elementary education major at a college in the Midwest. I might graduate as early as December '13 but more likely May '14. I write when I can. I also knit on occasion, draw, do homework and contradict teachers to make people think. :)

One response to “Ebooks for free increasing sales?”

  1. MarkG says :

    I have a bunch of ebooks that Tor gave away a few years back; I can understand why they’d increase sales of paper books, because I find them painful to read on a computer but if I liked the first few pages I’d either buy them or borrow them from the library. A dedicated ebook reader might well be more effective, but even then any kind of electronic gadget has a poor interface compared to a paper book and requires power to operate.

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