I thought the title of this post would get your attention…
About a month ago, I had a post on the ability to borrow books for free from the Amazon Kindle store (click here or type in http://bit.ly/vJGJFf into your computer’s web browser to see the post again). It’s relatively easy to do, and many of you have taken advantage of the feature to save some money. The only caveat is you must be a Prime Member: Amazon offers a free trial of Prime or, if you own a Kindle Fire you were automatically enrolled for a free trial membership.
Amazon has had some understandable pushback from publishers participating in the program, so today they announced via press release a new program for independent authors who publish Kindle titles to participate in the lending program, also.
Amazon has agreed to provide a pool of money (actually $500,000) for independent authors who participate in the lending program to be split based upon December statistics in the lending program. The payout of the prize pool is a relatively straight-forward calculation: every title an author has that was borrowed in the month of December is divided by the total number of December “borrows” in the program, multiplied by $500,000.
I wouldn’t mind a slice of that pie, and here’s where I need your help: please borrow my self-published books for free, of course, from the Amazon store! You’ll get a free book to read, and I will have one more chance to win a little prize money and pay for Christmas. It should take less than a minute of your time, and you can borrow my books for free if you follow these steps using your Kindle (not your computer):
- Make sure your Kindle’s wireless feature is on.
- Press the “Menu” button.
- Select the “Shop in Kindle Store” option.
- Select the “Books” option.
- Type in my name (Michael Gallagher) using the keyboard or the touchscreen if you have a Kindle Fire or Kindle Touch and press the five way controller or the Enter key (the one that looks like an arrow pointing left), or the Go option if you have a Kindle Fire.
- A listing of my books will show up. If you look on the right-hand side of each title, the books available to borrow for free have a logo that has a checkmark next to the word “Prime.” Select one of those books and open the description.
- You can see the book details, and on the right-hand side of the screen, just under the “Buy” icon is a “Borrow for Free” icon. Move your five-way controller to the “Borrow for Free” icon and select it, or if you have a Kindle Fire or Kindle Touch just tap the icon.
- After a few seconds the book will show up on your Kindle.
Of course, there are other authors participating in the lending program and they may be of interest to you, also. Try out the “borrow” from Amazon feature and read something for free, whether it is one of my titles or something else – but as I type this (with a big grin on my face), I sure hope you borrow one of my books first!
I’ll be posting about this again during the month for a couple of reasons – obviously to get more people to borrow my books and help me be eligible for a greater portion of the prize – but to let you know how many titles were borrowed: I figure if I am asking you to help me earn some money, I might as well tell you how much you earned for me!
Have a great rest of the afternoon-