Goodreads Rolls Out Kindle Ebook Giveaway Program

amazon, kindle, goodreads, ebook, e-book, authorGoodreads announced in a blog post that it has established a giveaway program for Kindle ebooks, currently in beta. Previously, the program had only been available for print books.

Authors or publishers—whoever controls the digital distribution rights—can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook and choose how long the giveaway will run. When it is finished, Goodreads will chooses winners at random and automatically send the Kindle ebooks to users’ preferred devices and cloud accounts.

Kindle ebook giveaways will initially only be available in the US. During the beta period, Goodreads will work with Amazon Publishing to host Kindle ebook giveaways. When the program is out of beta, though, it will be open to any author or publisher who sells their ebooks on Amazon.

The cost of listing a Kindle ebook giveaway will be $119 for up to the 100 ebook limit. Listing a print book giveaway, however, will continue to be free.

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