Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More Kindle

Someone told me I could email pdfs to my Kindle? How do I do that?


Hey, my book is available for free at the Kindle store. You don't need a kindle, as you can download a reader to your computer and then the book. Why is this important? Well, my book is #5 on the bestseller list for, uh, free books (which doesn't actually sound so awesome, does it? ), and if this keeps up, I might beat JANE AUSTEN! And Sherlock Holmes!

So everyone please go download it? It's free!



Laura K. Curtis said...

You should have an address like "such-and-such@kindle.com." It will be whatever your Amazon screen name is. If you email from your Amazon registered email addy to that addy, it will be transferred to your Kindle via whispernet.

You can find all the stuff about what email addresses you have authorized to mail to the kindle address, go to Amazon/my account/manage my kindle.

Edittorrent said...

I'll have to try it-- thanks! Wow. This is SUCH a cool device. I have to remind myself that the point is to read ... I haven't done that yet.

Edittorrent said...

I already own your book in trade :) but I alerted the twitterverse about the freebie. We'll get you to #4 at least. You've got to beat that book about playing blackjack.


Meghan S. said...

I downloaded the book and I RTed Theresa's tweet! :)

As a (currently unpubbed) writer, I'm curious about something. Who decides to offer a book free on kindle (or other e-readers)? The author or the publisher? And what is the motivation behind it? I mean obviously being #5 on amazon's top 100 free ebooks is awesome, but how does it relate to sales, etc.?

Edittorrent said...

Meghan, those decisions are typically initiated by sales and marketing staff at publishing houses, with some input from the retailers. It's good exposure for the book and for the author, and sometimes for the house. It can translate into increased earnings, though the mechanics of that are a bit complicated.


Edittorrent said...

Meghan, T is right-- the publisher staff decided. The point is to get word of mouth going. This only works if the book is going to be on sale for a long time, as mine is, I hope. ;)


Melissa said...

Just to add to what Laura said, if you email your document to name@kindle.com, you get charged a small fee to cover the whispernet shipping (something like $0.25 or $0.50). If you want to save some money, you can email the file to name@free.kindle.com and it will transfer over to your kindle next time you turn on the wifi in your kindle (and also send you an email with the file in it).

Also, good luck on your book sales!

Meghan S. said...

Thanks Theresa and Alicia for answering my questions! I will try to keep spreading the word over the next few days/weeks :)

Leona said...

It's already #4. And I must have missed Theresa's tweet or I would have retweeted!


Unknown said...

Better than the e-mail bit which is slow and problematic is Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/), freeware that converts files and loads them onto your Kindle fast and clean. I use it to put my own writing on my Kindle for proofreading. It will convert pdf and rtf to Mobi (Kindle format).

Edittorrent said...

I'll try that, Belinda! Thanks

Anonymous said...

Alicia, I loved your book! I'm glad (for your sake) to see they are charging for it now. I also read several of the other top 20 free books, and yours was of a completely different class (well, you know, not counting Jane Austen). :-)