A New Way to Give Away Books
Blogger: Rachel Kent
I’m a member of NoiseTrade because one of my favorite bands, Jars of Clay, gave away an exclusive album on this site a few years ago. I now get the occasional email blast with updates and featured artists.
Yesterday, I received an update about their new branch, NoiseTrade Books. They are now giving away free ebooks and audiobooks. The author or publisher can load books to the site and when users download the book, the users agree to give the publishing house or author some contact information and they are also invited to leave a tip. NoiseTrade boasts that they allow the author or publishing house to receive 80% (minus credit card fees) of every tip that comes in. I’m not sure how much the publishing house passes along to the author, but this is something I’d recommend you or your agent check on with your publishing house if you are interested in trying NoiseTrade Books.
I noticed some books by CBA authors up on NoiseTrade so your publisher might already be a part of this new venture.
I am intrigued by this new way of distributing free books, because the author and/or publishing house are given the opportunity to gain more from giving away ebooks than just exposure and a possible boost in sales. The reader contact information can make a big difference for future releases. When an author’s next book comes out he or she could send a newsletter to all of these NoiseTrade contacts and it might result in some sales. It’s also more beneficial because there’s the potential to make a little money from the tips. Tips must come in for the authors and artists because NoiseTrade runs their business off of the 20% they take from the tips.
If your book is still under contract with a publishing house, the publisher has to be the one to upload the book and receive the readers’ contact information and payments from the tips–so if you are asked about participating in NoiseTrade giveaways by your publisher (or if you notice your book up there at some point) be sure to ask if you can also receive the reader contact information and see how the tip payments will be handled. If you are agented, check with your agent before going to the publishing house.
It might be against NoiseTrade’s policy for the author and publishing house to both receive the contact information, but it’s something to check into. I did notice there’s a FAQ section at the bottom of the NoiseTrade Books page. If you have other questions about this company, you might want to take a look.
What are your thoughts about this new model for giving away ebooks and audiobooks?
Would you be interested in having your book listed on NoiseTrade Books? Why or why not?