Friday, July 11, 2014

Digital Book Day


(Update 7/13/14: Camelot & Vine is currently #1 on the Kindle free Women's Historical fiction list!)

Digital Book Day is a response to failure. No. Wait. It's a phoenix, rising from the ashes. Either way, I get to participate in what's sure to be a success.

For the last three years, World Book Night has given millions of free books to readers all over the world. Volunteers hand out donated books everywhere. These are not cast-offs that the second-hand stores can't sell. These are new books by best-selling authors, donated by authors and publishers.

Or I should say they were, because World Book Night is not going to happen this year due to lack of funding.

Enter bestselling thriller author C.J. Lyons to save the day! Digital Book Day, that is. Lyons is organizing it, and Camelot & Vine is a part! On Monday, July 14th just go to the Digital Book Day link and search for Camelot & Vine, or your favorite author (how could that not be me?), or just browse. Then download your free copy of anything listed there.

Oh--and, you lucky dawg, you get a bonus because you read my blog. Nobody knows this but you: Camelot & Vine is already free through July 14th at Smashwords, where you can download it free in any electronic format including Kindle. So you can have C&V now, and any book on the Digital Book Day site on July 14th (Bastille Day! Alléluia!)



11 comments:

William Kendall said...

Thanks for pointing it out... I'll get into Smashwords today.

TheChieftess said...

I was at Flintridge Books the other day and saw that they have Camelot and Vine front and center in their new books display, including C&V book marks!!! I picked up a book mark...(I've already bought several copies of C&V)...when I got to the desk the cashier commented about C&V and asked if I was interested. I told her not only had I already read it, but that I had bought several copies as well...(oh...yeah...I did let it slip that I knew Petrea!!!) I asked her if she had read it...she declined but said that she had been thinking about it. Of course I extolled its virtues...and pointed out that it is a delightful read and that she really should read it...She agreed!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, William.

They've been lovely to me at Flintridge and the book sells very well there. Thank you for selling it for me!

Petrea Burchard said...

Amazon has lowered its price on Camelot & Vine (ebook) to zero. This is to be expected, as they won't be undersold. I say, go for it! Through Monday, 7/14, the Camelot & Vine ebook is available for FREE on Amazon, Smashwords, and DigitalBookDay.com.

Bellis said...

Not sure whether to be happy about this or not. What's in it for you if it's free? You put a lot of work into it.

PS When will the audio book be ready?

Petrea Burchard said...

Well, I wasn't sure until I tried it. A lot of new authors do it, and now I see why: it's about the numbers. C&V is now #3 on the Amazon bestsellers list for ebooks, Historical/Women's fiction. (Except I can't find the list!) This has also brought the paperback up to #39. So I give away some ebooks, which don't cost me a thing, and the paperback sales go up, which is great. It's like using the ebook as a handout to increase sales.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oops. I was incorrect about that. It's the ebook that's #39 on a different list, Contemporary Women's Fiction. So the title is way up on two lists. After the 14th, we'll see if interest continues.

altadenahiker said...

Well, library books are free, so this seems like a reasonable idea.Good luck!

Petrea Burchard said...

I think so. Worth a try. So many authors have been trying "free" and for some reason, perverse as it may be, that raises their sales. I've certainly seen a lot of downloads over the last couple of days. I don't know how or even if it will affect my sales.

Margaret said...

Well I missed this train. That's how the cookie crumbles.

Petrea Burchard said...

You have 'til the end of today, Margaret. I just downloaded my free digital book, "Done & Dusted: The Organic Home on a Budget" by Stephanie Zia. DigitalBookDay has been really popular, so if you get an error message keep trying.