Providing Free Review Copies of Kindle Books


A common problem for authors of Kindle books is how to give out free copies of the final version of their book for review.

At LiberWriter, we’ve created a solution that I think people will find useful.

Once you’ve bought a workspace, and your book is ready to go, on your documents page, there is now a link to press to create a review copy.

That link pops up a form that asks you for the name of the person who will be reviewing the book, and then generates a custom book just for them, with their name inside it and in the title.  This turns out to be a fairly effective, cheap, and pain-free method of ensuring that a book only ends up with who it’s destined for.  If it were somehow leaked, it’d be pretty obvious who did it.  Aside from that, though, the book is exactly like the one that you’ll publish via Amazon’s KDP.   You can then email the newly created mobi file to the reviewer.

Or, of course, if you implicitly trust the reviewer, you can just use the ‘download’ link, and send the person that copy of your book.

We just rolled this feature out, so if you’ve got any comments, questions, or ideas how it could work better for you, let us know!

One thought on “Providing Free Review Copies of Kindle Books

  1. This solves the problem I was just trying to work out! I saw that with my hard copy, a lot of the books I sent to reviewers and as a sample to bookstores ended up for sale on Amazon as “used” copies. Clearly they were either given away to other readers or used book stores, which of course reduced the sales of the new books. With ebooks the same danger lurks of the novel being passed on to other readers by careless reviewers.
    I will try your service to prevent this problem.

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