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Free or Not Too Free?

Chris Pye I was looking at posts which gave links where free ebooks could be submitted.
It may sound a little naive but: if I've made an eBook with Activ ABook Compiler and passworded it, so that 10%, say, is available for people to make their minds up about buying the password for the rest have an ebook - does this constitute a free ebook?
It would seem more like shareware; so would I be able to I submit it?
I suppose I can say 'free download' rather than 'free ebook'.
(It's about honesty course.)
Any thoughts anyone?

(Edited by Chris Pye at 4:53 pm on Jan. 11, 2003)

Posted on: 4:49 pm on January 11, 2003
KC I'd call that a 'free trial copy' or 'evaluation copy' - something along those lines.

Posted on: 5:05 pm on January 11, 2003
Chris Pye - that's a useful thought.
But what about submitting to sites holding 'free' books?C.

Posted on: 6:21 pm on January 11, 2003
KC I would have said you'll get away with classifying it as free so long as your actual listing makes it clear it is a free evaluation copy, rather than completely free: 'Two Whole Chapters FREE!', or whatever.

But it's probably best to email the site owners really. It depends on their own interpretation of 'free' at the end of the day...

Posted on: 1:02 am on January 12, 2003
EBookCompiler I think most people know *shareware* means you get something (but not everything) free, like a free trial, free demo, some free parts. Maybe this is an idea

Alternate idea...split your ebook into two ebooks if it can fairly logically be done ("and learn even more about XYZ in book 2"

E-Book 1 - a free ebook as in completely free and worthwhile in itself.

E-Book 2 - the shareware or for-sale ebook

E-Book 1 advertises E-Book 2.

Posted on: 12:29 am on January 13, 2003
stsnelson Chris,

This is what I am doing!

I have an ebook I am working on! The first six chapters are used as an email course. This way I can get feedback from subscribers.

However, in that eCourse, I advertise one of my other ebooks that go into more detail about another related topic.

Approximately, one week after a subscriber finish the eCourse, I offer them the option to purchase the course in ebook format for future reference. I figured many people may have erased the emails and want to refer back to them.

In your case, offer the free content as an eCourse. This way you can get the email addresses.  Then advertise the full version within the emails.

Make your final email a recap of the eCourse and pitch your ebook.

Hope I have been helpful.


Posted on: 5:19 am on January 13, 2003
theideaman This is just my opinion, but I've been seing the word free used very loosely, almost to the point of deceiving the downloader, when I see free download, I interpret that as 100% free.  No trial, no demos, no samples plain and simply free.  If a person chooses to offer an ebook on a trial basis for example...it's not a free download, it's not even free for that matter.  But many sites I've seen use the word free downloads which in my mind constitues immediate access to the full product.  In many cases I've found this isn't so.

Posted on: 1:14 am on June 11, 2003

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