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Hi,

Is there a site where I can join and buy other people's e-books on their launches, and have others buy my e-book on my launch?

To help Spike Amazon search results in our favour

Cheers
#kindle #site #swap
  • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
    This kind of system gaming can cause issues... and, depending, can result in KDP accounts being permanently closed.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      This type of scheme/scam usually leaves a pretty obvious footprint. Find a just-published book, especially a self-published one, with a dozen or more 5-star reviews, all on the same day. Bonus points if the reviews are all gushing but totally non-specific.

      I recently came across one which had 23 5-star reviews, all gushing with praise, all on the same day, and not a single one from a verified buyer. You think Amazon isn't going to catch on to that kind of hijinks?

      Remember who has all the buyer data here. And the computing power to spot such a pattern, especially if you had a big enough group to actually influence a launch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Freebiequeen1999
    I remember a world where people wrote books because they had a burning desire to write, to share their experience, thoughts, hopes, dreams.....where people wrote non fiction books on subjects they were excited about and expert - now...just shuffle content, spin other content, slap it together, get a "hot" ecover, and then what? Now fake reviews...great...thanks - I make it a point to not look at anyself pub kindle books even though I am a Prime member
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    • Profile picture of the author ezb1
      Originally Posted by Freebiequeen1999 View Post

      I remember a world where people wrote books because they had a burning desire to write, to share their experience, thoughts, hopes, dreams.....where people wrote non fiction books on subjects they were excited about and expert - now...just shuffle content, spin other content, slap it together, get a "hot" ecover, and then what? Now fake reviews...great...thanks - I make it a point to not look at anyself pub kindle books even though I am a Prime member
      There are many indie authors who do write to share their "experience, thoughts, hopes, dreams"..... me, for example. I write about what I care about: bargello quilting, chemotherapy research (diagnosed w/breast cancer), depression (M.A. in clinical psychology), and I could go on. No, they don't make me a ton of money, but I do enjoy what I write about and don't appreciate being lumped in with someone who's just trying to game the system.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Freebiequeen1999 View Post

      I remember a world where people wrote books because they had a burning desire to write, to share their experience, thoughts, hopes, dreams.....where people wrote non fiction books on subjects they were excited about and expert - now...just shuffle content, spin other content, slap it together, get a "hot" ecover, and then what? Now fake reviews...great...thanks - I make it a point to not look at anyself pub kindle books even though I am a Prime member
      Ms. Queen, if you ignore all Kindle books just because they self-publish, you are missing out. There are a lot of formerly traditionally published authors who have chosen the self-pub route. Why settle for 10-20% royalties when you can take home 35-70%?

      With the "look inside" feature and the ability to download a sample before buying, it's relatively easy to weed out the pretenders and the GRQ crowd.

      As Tink said, there's a lot of really good self-pubbed books, especially in fiction.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      LOL

      Originally Posted by Freebiequeen1999 View Post

      I remember a world where people wrote books because they had a burning desire to write, to share their experience, thoughts, hopes, dreams.....where people wrote non fiction books on subjects they were excited about and expert - now...just shuffle content, spin other content, slap it together, get a "hot" ecover, and then what? Now fake reviews...great...thanks - I make it a point to not look at anyself pub kindle books even though I am a Prime member
      But then came the first "How to Make $1,000/day as a Self-Published Author on Kindle" WSO...
      and the second, and the third, ad infinitum.

      In a couple of days, Amazon is having it's 20th birthday, and they announced a sale to celebrate that just a few days ago. There's already a WSO telling you (from experience???) how to make a bundle on the 15th of July.
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  • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
    There are MANY well written Indie pubbed books ;-) Really. Especially in Fiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author startefl
    i'm hugely passionate about writing, but at the same time, I've got 2 kids and I need to be able to provide for them. I wouldn't scam but I'd bend T+C until they day I can afford to devote more time to writing without the pressure of having to write for financial reward.

    Thanks for the info
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