Winds is one of Barnes and Noble’s Free Friday Reads!

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So here's the big news I mentioned yesterday. The Winds of Khalakovo is now available for all you Nook readers out there for free as part of a promotion with Barnes and Noble. You can go to the B&N page for Winds and download it to your Nook!

This promotion runs through June 9th. Please spread the word. I'd love to get Winds into as many hands as I can.

I'm actually a bit nervous about one aspect of the promotion. On the B&N page—like many feedback systems, I suppose—you'll find people giving low ratings in protest of B&N for whatever reason. They don't like the genre, they had problems downloading, they hate B&N. Whatever. The feedback has nothing to do with the work, and so in their efforts to make B&N notice them, they hurt the author with low ratings. All in all, it's still a wonderful opportunity, but I wish people would think about those they're hurting with those 1-star clicks.

12 Comments

  1. Paul (@princejvstin)

    May 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

    One star reviews are a problem for any online site.  
     
    If I had a nook as well as a Kindle, I'd get this in a heartbeat.  

    • Brad

      May 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

      Thanks, Paul! And yeah, that's true, though oddly, there's more danger of them showing up here because of the volume involved (tens of thousands of downloads) and when things are free, people seem to treat it in a more cavalier way. It seems non-intuitive, but people seem to get rather petty and nasty with free stuff, where if they had paid for it, they would take it a bit more seriously.

      • Paul (@princejvstin)

        May 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

        That is strangely true, and dovetails a bit with a twitter conversation I had with Laura Anne Gilman the other day about ebook pricing.
         
        Free is not as free as people think.

        • Brad

          May 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

          Yeah, I'm no expert in this, but free can often be a turnoff. Charge something for it, and people think it's valuable. Charge more for it, and they think it's more valuable, and in fact may want it more than if it was free. I think this sort of paradigm is thrown out of whack with the newness of e-books, but I think it's still in play. All-in-all, though, I'm glad to have the opportunity as a new author to get my name out there.

          • AK

            May 30, 2011 at 5:40 am

            I showed up here due to getting a free book on my brand new Nook and, after finishing it at 4am, a search for information on any sequels. To throw a buzzword at your discussion, the marketing term for products and pricing as you describe is ‘perceived value’. It depends largely on the product and the consumer’s knowledge of the product. If all flashlights were $10, and a $2 flashlight came on the market, I would most likely not choose that for my home emergency kit. A flashlight is not that complex of a device, so for such a price difference to be had, there must be some part or parts of much lower quality in its build. Such would be my perception.

            In this case, I saw a simple free promotion (I’ve never seen free novels given out, so I suppose that a free electronic book could be a discussion in itself as far as their pricing structure goes, but I would think it would hurt the $12 and up ebooks the most). The publisher is trying to generate buzz for your name as a new author for better business in the long-term. Point is, I think the free price tag is more reflective on your publisher than yourself or your work. As Paul said, every online storefront has a problem with customers critiquing the store instead of the product, but it seems to happen regardless of price.

            In the end, both you and your publisher have secured a book two purchase from me. Thank you for the great story.

  2. Brad

    May 30, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for the feedback, AK! And thanks for the insight on marketing/pricing. It's a fascinating subject to me, not just because I'm caught up in it with the book at the moment. And I'm so glad you liked the book enough to dive into Book 2 when it comes it. The next one is called The Straits of Galahesh, and it will be out in April of next year. Cheers!

  3. Karrde

    June 3, 2011 at 7:12 am

    After hearing the interview on Dragon Page I was intrigued, and figured I'd add it to my "to be read" list.  Not thinking of it much I then saw on facebook that it was available free, so I grabbed it.  I'm only about a quarter of the way through, so I don't want to say too much yet, but I am enjoying it so far, I just have one problem.
    The section breaks w/i chapters are non existent, I double checked this against a printed copy to make sure I wasn't misinterpreting  things.  The most obvious example of this problem Nikandir's first vision when he comes upon Nasim.  Without that small break, just jump in text was completely disorienting.  I wasn't sure if the book was corrupt or something.  This problem exists on both an original Nook, and in the Nook app for the iPad.  I'm not sure what you can do, but maybe push it up the line to the production team at nightshade.

    • Brad

      June 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Thanks for the feedback. Others have noticed similar things, and I've passed it up to Night Shade. Some errors were found and the copy will be corrected (though I don't know when). This was first discovered in Chapter 34. Did you find it in places other than Chapter 34? The one you refer to, where Nikandr comes upon Nasim, are you referring to Chapter 7, where Nikandr first meets Nasim on the eryie, or Chapter 11, where Nikandr comes across him in the forest after speaking with Atiana?

      • Karrde

        June 3, 2011 at 8:25 am

        Chapter 11 specifically, though there are many places where there's enough of a jump that it seems like there should be a section break and none appears on the device.  Most of them are linear, but the non-linear jump to the vision is what makes that one stand out more.
         
        Not sure about Chapter 34, as I'm only up to Chapter 18 right now.

        • Brad

          June 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

          Ok, thanks much for the feedback! I'll let NS know.

  4. DaveL

    June 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I am an avid Nook user and have so far enjoyed this book.  However, one of the flaws with the Nook is the inability to quickly flip to the map at the beginning of the book and then flip back to the page being read.  Also, there is no scaling the maps so they are very small for me. Is there an online version of the maps on the Web that I can reference?