I’ve put my ebooks on a lot of free ebooks sites and “promoted” them on sites that promote such things, always with the “free” in mind since, after all, the books are free so why pay for promoting them? I’ve made a few exceptions, as experiments. I once advertised on Goodreads.com and saw no results from that (that’s a “not-recommended” by me) (but I thought maybe that’s because the good people on Goodreads consistently rate my books a full star lower than they do on Apple, Amazon, Smashwords or Barnes&Noble)(Anyway, I digress)(oops, I digressed again)
So there’s this website called free-ebooks.net and according to them some of the books I’ve uploaded there have seen some decent download numbers, more than 2000 for the ones that have been most prominently featured on their site, so when they had a promotion for ‘front page featuring’ I decided to spend a few bucks promoting The Free Indie Reader #1, a collection of great short stories by several of my favorite indie writers. The book has seen more than1000 downloads from the various sites it’s been on since the beginning of the year, including around 240 from free-ebooks.net, so I was curious to experiment and see how it fared with this ‘front page featuring’. Today I received an email and, you’re really not going to believe this, so I will copy and paste it here:
Time to email all your friends and family!
Hi Tom Lichtenberg,
The “Homepage Feature” you ordered has been received. It is scheduled to be live on our homepage http://www.free-ebooks.net/ on October 9, 2031 for 1 week.
Your eBook The Free Indie Reader #1 will occupy this Premium position on Free-eBooks.net and put you and your ebook front and center.
That’s right, folks, that’s the year two thousand and thirty one. I’m not saying how old I am now, but if I’m still alive at that time I’ll be a couple of weeks shy of my 73rd birthday. So that will be a nice little gift, won’t it? I wrote them back and ask them if this was a typo, or a joke (It was April Fools Day, after all).
UPDATE: They wrote back today and apologize for the date and the ad is live this morning:
Our webs-server provider experienced issues over the weekend and we are currently running the sites from our backups while we sort out said issues. In order to make it up to you I have extended the listing for another week at no cost.
You can get your free copy of The Free Indie Reader. You’ll be glad you did. There are some great stories in there by Lisa Thatcher, Michael Graeme, Giando Sigurani, Carla Herrera, WIllie Wit, Judy B and Paul Samael, excellent writers one and all.