Smashwords Forum Writers is the publishers’ name for a new anthology ebook by Smashwords Forum authors Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, Şerban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R. Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner.
“Tales from Indies: Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015” is comprised of eleven contributions ranging from short stories, an essay, chapters from science-fiction, fantasy, historical retelling, to paranormal romance. It is available now for free from Smashwords using Coupon code BU68H
Amazon is turning me into a prostitute by pimping my free goods. Sheesh.
I publish some of my ebooks on Amazon as well as through Smashwords. I was shocked to discover Amazon was selling my free ebooks in some countries.
Amazon has a “gotcha” when it comes to offering an ebook for free for their Kindle devices. But even though your retail price is free it still shows a price of 99 cents on your KDP author pages. This creates a ‘problem’.
An author can’t offer their work for less than 99 cents on Amazon KDP author pages – where prices for other countries are set – and Amazon takes that “price” and applies it to the other countries in which your work is sold.
BUT, AND IT IS A BIG BUT…
Amazon treats some countries more favorably than others when it comes to Amazon’s sense of free.
My “Cookbook by Ted” has been free since I first published it on Smashwords in 2010. Unfortunately it wasn’t free on Amazon for the first couple of weeks, until the Amazon robot confirmed the book was indeed free at retailers like B&N, Kobo, Apple, etc.
I checked my Cookbook at Amazon US and Amazon sites in other countries. It turns out free isn’t always free. I’d hate to be Kindle users in those non-free countries who have probably been getting ripped off for years by Amazon.
Now I could be completely wrong about how Amazon figures its prices, and maybe the VAT applies somehow somewhere, but I checked “If I Had A Car” – another free ebook I publish.
While one free ebook (my cookbook) is actually free in France, another free ebook of mine (If I Had A Car) isn’t. Huh??? How come free isn’t always free with Amazon?
How come there are different types of free by Amazon? Even in the same country web site by Amazon.
I checked my Amazon sales for my free ebooks and it turns out I’ve actually sold some free ebooks in countries outside the US.
I’d happily allow Amazon to refund those sale to anyone and everyone who can get Amazon to refund the money on these free ebooks. Heck, I made them available for free with no intent to profit. After all, I’ve not received any monies for these free sales so refunding money to purchasers shouldn’t be a major hassle.
I wonder if the Amazon Kindle Select free ebook promotion days cross the pond and make the same ebook available for free in other countries when offered for free in the US?
Update:A Cookbook by Ted is now available for free for Kindle devices from Amazon here.
Amazon has a minimum price of $0.99, so when I published “A Cookbook by Ted” for the Kindle ebook reader I had to set the price at $0.99.
It seems that other Amazon Kindle authors had the same price problem, but forums indicate that an Amazon web crawler will eventually notice that the book is available for free and change the pricing. I don’t know long it takes for the Amazon web crawler to update my ebook, but I hope it isn’t too long.
An easy level word search puzzle in the shape of a piano and containing song titles of popular songs.
This free puzzle magazine in PDF ebook format may be downloaded by clicking on the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu and then choosing the “2011” link. Or, download it here…… pianowordsearch
This free printable puzzle word search ebook using words related to marriage contains 3 games; easy, medium and hard.
To download this free puzzle magazine ebook click on “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the menu, then choose the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link and look for the marriage word search. Or click on this link….Marriage Words-dec2010
This word search puzzle is a hard level game, with words related to or associated with the word “turkey”. Turkey could mean “an unlikeable person”, or an “event that fails badly”. Or there could be words such as “land”, because the country Turkey has land (duh), and the edible fowl “Turkey” walks on land and sometimes flies over land. Oh, and the word “fowl” would be a useful word for this puzzle.
This is a single puzzle, which you may download from the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link found under the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu, or simply by clicking on…. turkeywordsearch-dec2010
Here is another word search puzzle using automotive related words, this time in a Question and Answer format. Some solvers may find this quite challenging, which is why I made it.
I give you the definition of something and you try to find the answer in the puzzle grid.
This is a single puzzle, which you may download from the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link found under the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu, or simply by clicking on….. automotiveQA-dec2010
This free puzzle magazine for December contains 6 printable puzzles in easy, medium and hard levels.
The words and phrases in the puzzles are weather related terms, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.
To download this free puzzle magazine click on “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the menu, then choose the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link and look for number 9. Or click on this link…. weatherTerms-dec2010
My latest free printable puzzle magazine contains 10 word search puzzles, all related to the automobile engine or servicing. Most of these puzzles contain phrases instead of a single word for the puzzle word.
If you’re tired of regular puzzles, try this one.
To download this puzzle you can click on the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” dropdown link in my “Free Puzzle Magazines” menu link, or just click here….autowords-nov2010
This is a medium hard word search printable puzzle ebook containing words sometimes meaning marijuana, pot, cannabis, or reefer. Hint: only one of the words “marijuana, pot, cannabis, reefer” is used in puzzle.
You may download this free puzzle from the second “Free Puzzle Magazine” dropdown link here, or from this link: joint words-nov2010
If you enjoy regular word puzzles then you may enjoy this Icelandic Word Search puzzle magazine.
My latest free puzzle magazine ebook for November 2010 is an Icelandic Word Search printable puzzle magazine, containing 18 word search puzzles comprised of 6 easy, 6 medium level, and 6 hard puzzles.
Download this free puzzle magazine containing 18 printable puzzles, by clicking on “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu and then clicking on the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link. Or by clicking on the following link: icelandic-word-search-nov2010
I’ve added a “Surgical Instruments” word search puzzle to my Free Puzzle Magazine section.
This printable word search puzzle may be found in the “second” section of the free puzzle magazine. Move your mouse over the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link at the top of the page, hold the mouse there for a second or two until my section page link titled “More Free Puzzle Magazines” appears, then Click on that link to view more free puzzles.