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07:56 am: Dreams of Schemes–New Book Marketing Idea

I had a dream last night about book marketing…and when I woke up the first thing I read was:

"The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream." (Jeremiah 33:26)

I dreamt that since the end user method of sales was not producing enough money for writers–due to the glut of free and cheep e-books–that ebooks started carrying advertising.

In the dream, cheap books had lots of ads. For another dollar or two, you could buy an ad-free one.

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)

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From:roseaponi
Date:March 28th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. That's a thought. Why have people not considered that? I picked up some free print books (public domain classics) from a vanity press at a writers conference that had ad pages in them, so it's not such a leap. It's probably going to be the new standard practice :)
I'm working out some different marketing ideas, too. I have this gamification idea where I'll offer a free prequel/bonus to whoever follows a trail of clues - hints in the artwork, other author blogs, references to public domain literature - to a specific link, takes a fun little quiz at the end like "You're most like *character* in (this upcoming story)" and there will be a pop-up that says congratulations, you win the free prequel! with the link to download it.
The advantages would be a fun game for the readers with a reward at the end, and they would also discover new authors and get emotionally invested in the new stories coming out.
What do you think?
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From:roseaponi
Date:March 28th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
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That was supposed to be italics, not strike through... Sigh... This app is maddening.
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 28th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Lol. I wondered. It didn't make sense without that word.
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 28th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I love things like that...sometimes they work really well. Sometimes they don't. So, it is hard to say ahead of time...but it's neat idea.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:March 28th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
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I like it! Cheap paperbacks in the 60s used to have those--especially for cigarettes.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:March 28th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm not saying you should push cigarettes, but I'm sure it was a lucrative ad source.
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 28th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
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LOL I got it. ;-)
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From:filialucis
Date:March 29th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, what a nightmare. I'm now even less inclined to get into the whole ebook thing, because I can't imagine this scenario not happening in some way in the not-too-distant future. :S
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 30th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
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On the other hand, I would rather ads in books than no books!
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From:carbonelle
Date:March 31st, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
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Amazon.com does this already: you can buy your kid an add-free Kindle for about $20 more (or get a steep discount if you accept the ads)
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