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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE

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Added June 23, 2013:

Dear Reader:  This list of websites, which we compiled in March 2012, grew in the meantime to almost 100.  Please visit our two new blog posts with even more possibilities to announce your work for free:

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/part-2-45-more-websites-to-promote-your-book/

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Original Article from March 11, 2012:

1. Goodreads
Use your free membership to promote yourself and your books. Reviews are essential and reviews on Goodreads site help your book to really stand out to millions of visitors.

2. Wattpad
Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and read e-books. Wattpad delivers billions of pages from its library of works created and published by the Wattpad community.

3. On BookTalk,
You’ll find an online reading group and book discussion forum that can help you discover new books. If you are an author or publisher looking to promote your books, you are welcome to use BookTalk.org as a tool to reach a vast audience of book lovers. They have a Google Page Rank of 5, over 14,000 members and close to 700,000 site views per month. Book discussion forums are free and open to anyone including authors and publishers. Create a free account and write about your books in either the Fiction Book Forum or Non-Fiction Book Forum. Mail a few copies of your print book and it will be advertised. They will advertise your book on the Home page for 15 to 30 days and on the Featured Book Suggestions page permanently.”

4. And then, there is another Booktalk
Booktalk.com is an online booklovers’ community composed of many of today’s bestselling and popular authors. Personalized author home pages contain excerpts from bestselling novels as well as information about upcoming releases, author notes and personal hobbies and interests as well as publisher, literary agent and book industry information. Writing related articles by Booktalk authors and others in the writing community and upcoming literary events are also included.

5. KindleBoards
Authors are always welcome to post about their books in the Book Bazaar.

6. Library Thing
Social networking site and forum for book lovers. Free profile where each book contains tags, reviews and links to conversations about the book.

7. Shelfari
Enables you to build a virtual book shelf, that include book reviews from Amazon and to interact with your Shelfari community.

8. Authonomy
Features weekly top rated books, top talent spotters. You can join the forum, upload books and post reviews.

9. WritersNet
List yourself at this writers and authors directory, sorted by genre or location. Various resources for writers, agents and publishers.

10. Bibliophil
Forum about books. Offers: profile with books appearing in signature, list of favorite and wished books.

11. Booksie
Share Your Poems, Short Stories, Novels, and more with the world. Sign up, it’s free.

12. BookBrowse
Selected book listing, authors interviews, link to authors’ website; Reviewed by humans, not all books accepted, check submission guidelines.

13. Nothing Binding
Upload and manage your book cover image & book promotion materials. Showcase your work for free: writings, books, articles, short stories, essays, poems and more.

14. Book Buzzr
Has a 30 days free trial listing and a paid listing with monthly payment of under $5.

15. Filed By
Kind of “Twitter” for authors , platform for books, have your own author site, post short blogs.

16. Bookhitch
Free Listing : a 60 words description and 5 keywords per book. Premium listing : $19.95/year – 120 words description and space for book reviews.

17. Jacket Flap
For children books only. Directory of children books, publishers and professionals related to children book publishing. You can create your own profile to add your book and blog for free.

18. Scribd
Find out what others are reading on Scribd. This service is somewhat comparable with Wattpad. Authors upload their PDF, Word, and PowerPoint docs to share them with the world’s largest community of readers.

20. WhoWroteWhat
Authors can advertise free for thirty days. Submit a portrait photo (jpg), up to fifty words inviting readers to your website and your URL where your book(s) are for sale. After thirty days it is as low as 27 cents a day.

22. Bookreportradio
A lively mix of author interviews, audio book previews and chats with those influential in the literary world, The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs alike.

23. Tim Greaton Forum
Tim Greaton is presenting the most talented authors & artists, living and working in our world today.

24. Figment
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories and authors. (In a nutshell.) Figment was co-founded by Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and Jacob Lewis, the former Managing Editor at The New Yorker and Condé Nast Portfolio.

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FREE (e)-book listings:

http://www.kindlemojo.com

http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.ca/

http://blog.booksontheknob.org/

http://authormarketingclub.com/members/submit-your-book/

http://addictedtoebooks.com/submission

http://thekindledailydeal.com/contact.cfm

http://www.freebooksy.com/about/

http://thefrugalereader.wufoo.com/forms/frugal-freebie-submissions/

http://digitalbooktoday.com/join-our-team/

http://www.bookandreader.com/forums/

http://www.canadianbookclubs.com/forums

http://www.ebookforum.info

http://www.friends4brandt.com

http://www.bookgrouponline.com/forum

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

http://forums.onlinebookclub.org

http://www.bookandreader.com

http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/forum

http://www.reading-forum.co.uk/forum

http://www.online-literature.com/forums

http://www.writing.com

http://www.ebookstage.com/authorAreaPage.xhtml

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For your book to sell, you need to create the demand. You need an audience, a platform – which you will get when your book shows up on many websites, visible to readers.

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How To Promote Your Book To The Kindle Community


Once your e-book (or paper book) is placed in the Kindle Store, how do you actually start to make sales? Eventually, the quality of your book is what will determine whether or not it takes off.

However, in order for your book to have a chance to get it in front of enough readers (and reviewers) you need to promote it heavily. There are many ways to do this without incurring any costs, just your time.  One easy way, beside all the social media sites, is to promote it on Amazon directly.

Browse Kindle forums and boards and become an active member, preferably before you even finish your book. This gives you enough time to get acquainted with the whole process, to be known as an author and to show off your book as soon as it is available.

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KindleBoards    
There are great places to network with book lovers and authors.  Don’t just promote your book, but aim to add to the community as well.  It’s a fine line between sharing information about your book, starting to sound like a used car salesman, and outright spamming.  Again: Become a member of the community, participate in discussions, let others know what you are reading and tell about your writing experiences, etc.  Don’t use KindleBoards solely as an advertising platform for your book.

KindleBoards Tips and FAQ for authors
Authors: get to know these tips and tools available on KindleBoards:

What are the forum procedures to promote my book?
KindleBoards is a great place for authors to promote their work. But before you post, know our rules of the Forum Decorum.

How do I put a linked book cover in my post?
You can make book cover links and text links, for your book using our Link-Maker.

How do I make a signature that includes clickable images of my book covers?
Click here for a tutorial  http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,46766.0.html   on how to make linked text and book cover graphics.

How do I let readers open an online sample of my book?
One easy way is to use our sample page. Just put your book’s ASIN into the following link: http://www.kindleboards.com/sample/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX

How do I get a profile page for my book and appear on the KB Books page?
A profile page is a clean web page for your book – with no distracting links or menu options. Everything on the page is all about your book – just put your ASIN into the following link:
http://www.kindleboards.com/book/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX

You can even customize it, using the Author Control Panel, to add other links to your book, video trailers, and more:

  • It features a large display of your book cover (500-pixels high).
  • It includes your current book description and current customer reviews from Amazon.
  • It (optionally) displays an online sample of your work right in the browser.
  • You can customize your book’s profile page, with an author message, video trailer, links to other purchase sites, and many more options.

Check it out by clicking the Author Control Panel link, which is in the lower right corner of your book’s profile page. And while you’re there, be sure to set the right genre for your book… this is what KindleBoards uses for its “KB Books” lists of authors and books.

Is there an easy way for readers or authors to recommend my book through Facebook or Twitter?  Yes. Use the “Like it!” page.
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Short Intro from the Forum Decorum
Excerpt from the guidelines about getting the word out about your books:

  • You may post one thread about your book, in the Book Bazaar board in “Writers’ Café” You can use that thread to introduce your book, include a brief review, etc.”
  • Authors are strongly encouraged to use the link maker to include a link with a cover of their book, which takes interested folks directly to Amazon where people can read reviews, sample the book and buy it if they want.
  • You are welcome to keep your thread “lively” by posting information about your book (reviews, author interviews, etc.) – but do not do so more than once per week. Of course, you can always reply to comments from others in the thread.
  • Links to your website. You may have a discrete link to your site in your signature, subject to the signature guidelines.

Signatures:
Generally, you may have text and/or graphics in your signature, including hyperlinked text and graphics. A signature, in length and height, can be no larger than approx.10 lines. It is 89 default font characters wide and 10 default font characters high. That’s about 800 x 140 pixels. This is enough for book covers, plus two lines of plain text.

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Another way to promote your book: Kindle Book Corner.
Let others do the promotion and recommend your book! This is a fantastic means for your friends, family and fans to show support and to recommend your book including an image of the cover. It is for quick recommendations, like you are sitting with a friend at dinner and you say “Hey, I just finished this amazing book and I think you would love it!”
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Why Authors Should Join Book Communities


For authors it is a MUST to be a member of these communities and a free (other than your time) way to introduce your book(s) and show your book titles.

BookTalk: Here you will find an online reading group and a book discussion forum that can help you discover new books (yours?).

They write: “If you’re an author or publisher looking to promote your books we welcome you to use BookTalk.org as a tool to reach a vast audience of book lovers. We have a Google Page Rank of 5, over 14,000 members and close to 700,000 site views per month.

Our book discussion forums are free and open to anyone including authors and publishers. Create a free account and tell us about your books in either the Fiction Book Forum or Non-Fiction Book Forum.

Mail a few copies of your print book and it will be advertised. We will advertise your book on our Home page for 15 to 30 days and on our Featured Book Suggestions page permanently. Mail your books to the below address. Once we receive them you will see your books advertised within a few days. You don’t have to email us to ask if we want you to mail a few copies. Just ship them and wait for your ad to appear. The system works flawlessly and is easy for both of us.”

However, there are way more book communities:

Wattpad: Join the Wattpad community to read, vote and chat with readers and writers for free. If you are a writer but have not yet published a book, you may want to check out the writing section of your profile where you can post your writing for others to read and review.

Goodreads: The Goodreads Author Program is a completely free feature designed to help authors reach their target audience — passionate readers. This is the perfect place for new and established authors to promote their books. Use Goodreads also to get book recommendations for your own reading, keep track of what you’re reading, and socialize over books. 

Scribd: Find out what others are reading on Scribd.
BookMooch:  Exchange books with other members.
Shelfari: Build a virtual bookshelf, see what others are reading, and discover new books.
Reader2: You can find new books to read and put your reading list online with Reader2.
aNobii: You can create and find book lists within this reading community.
Listal: Here you can list, rate, and discover books and lots of other media.
WhatsOnMyBookshelf?: This site offers readers a way to trade books with a simple point system.
Revish: Read, review and share books with other Revish members.
KindleBoards: Authors are always welcome to post about their books in the Book Bazaar.

Book Communities are a great way to kick-start your online self promotion, and get involved with a community of like-minded individuals at the same time. However don’t join to only promote your book, but to discover what other authors write and recommend them. Give & Take!

 

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