What is Kindle Buffet?
It’s a daily handpicked list of highly rated eBooks available free for a limited time. Anyone registered at Amazon.com may download any or all of the books, completely free, no strings attached. No Kindle hardware is required; you may read the books with your Web browser or free Kindle app on your phone or tablet.
When you select one of these books, you’re not borrowing it, you’re “buying” it for $0.00. It will be archived in your Amazon account and available for downloading at any future point, as long as your account at Amazon is in good standing, unless you delete the book from your account at Amazon.com.
Why are these books free?
Amazon encourages authors and publishers, if they wish, to sponsor occasional giveaways of their Kindle books. Books can be given away, in most cases, for five days or fewer during any three-month period.
Why? Aren’t the authors and publishers losing money?
Participating authors and publishers have volunteered for these giveaways for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the giveaways provide breakthrough exposure for new books and authors. Often, the giveaways spark additional sales of an author’s previous books.
The wisdom (or, depending on your point of view, the lack of wisdom) of offering Kindle freebies is a hotly debated topic among authors. Many believe that the giveaways devalue all books, making it harder for each author to earn a living. They argue that readers will buy far fewer books if the market is flooded with freebies. However, perhaps an equal number of authors — including many highly successful ones — believe that the giveaways provide invaluable exposure, enabling them to broaden their fan base and ultimately sell more books.
Kindle freebies are a bone of contention at Amazon.com’s executive suites in Seattle, too. On February 22, 2013, the company announced it would cut off a main source of revenue for sites like Kindle Buffet, referral fees. Registered freebie sites like this one earned a small commission when visitors downloaded a freebie, then within the next 24 hours paid for something else — anything stocked by Amazon, another book or perhaps a bag of dog food, even some underwear. Amazon is continuing the program, but only for sites that don’t promote freebies.
How are books selected for Kindle Buffet?
Each of the books displayed on Kindle Buffet’s front page are in the first day of their giveaway period. Kindle Buffet’s lineup reflects the best available free books in a variety of genres on that given day, in the best judgement of the publisher. Payment is not accepted in exchange for publication on Kindle Buffet, except for the advertisements in the sidebars.
So what? I can Google “free kindle books” and find a zillion of them.
You sure can. But do you have time to wade through all that? There’s a thousand new free titles every day, the list is everywhere. Kindle Buffet skims the cream for you. This is the only site that shows the best — nothing more, nothing less.
Why are there so many romance novels and so few nonfiction books?
Because relatively few nonfiction authors volunteer their books for Kindle giveaways. Why not? Perhaps nonfiction authors tend to consider book giveaways as “lost” sales, while novelists believe giveaways attract new readers who might buy more books.
Who publishes Kindle Buffet?
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