Finding Books at Cheap Rates Online

Book directory images 3Whether you need books for school, for business, or for leisure reading, you can now depend on online services to satisfy your requirements. How can you find books at cheap rates online? Here are a few ideas.

Before you look at buying books, you might want to consider reading from libraries on the Web. This option would be good if you need a textbook for school that you think won’t need after you’ve passed the course. School fees and prices of books have gone up tremendously in the recent years and e-libraries are a smart way to save on educational expenses. People also resort to this, because they find books difficult to sell afterwards when a new version has already been published or better alternatives are the ones being used. In addition, this is also recommended if you have limited space in your home and you wouldn’t want any more storage problem for books.

You can have access to countless books on the Internet via paid subscription or free registration. You’ll be able to see some sites on the Net that allow you to read out-of-copyright books from cover to cover without any fees. You just need to fill in a registration form.

Free Online Book Marketing for Authors

To entice web news services to pick up your story for their target audience, keep your web content newsworthy and lively, and not reading like promotional material. Following news guidelines, you may be quoted by news services. Being quoted increases your chances for subscriptions or syndication. By keeping the writing fresh–meaning not copied directly or duplications of other writing you have already placed on the web in previous articles or press releases–your stories will continue to receive search engine attention.

When you recycle web content from articles and press releases you have written for submission in locations around the web, be sure to thoroughly re-write and edit the copy, adding new text, links, videos and photographs (if the service allows images and videos). By the way, before you chose a submission service, free or paid, note what features they have available for you to upload images and video, and add URL links.

If you are not an author, but intend to use your web presence campaign to secure public speaking engagements to increase product sales or promote your business, your Internet press releases and articles can cover new product descriptions, announce personnel promotions or publicize where you have spoken in public or will be speaking in the future. Be sure to include in your promotional materials as many live links to your relevant websites, blogs, contact page, ordering information and catalogues as the free press release and article submission service will allow. And explore several services to maximize your reach.

Compile a list of free internet press release and article submission services that you can regularly use on a periodic basis to file items. Then, use the same Internet promotion tools to market yourself, not only as an author, but also as a public speaker, editor, editorial consultant, ghostwriter, professional writing coach, scriptwriter, speech writer, producer or whatever your specialty may be.

Another method to make browsing searches easier for prospective customers to purchase your book and clients to contract your services is to build free websites, free blogs, free video channels and social media networks. Cross promote all of the Internet media for your web presence campaign by using URL and blog directories, social network bookmarking, Internet conversational groups, free search engine submissions, forums, virtual communities and the cloud. For example, write search engine optimized Internet press releases, articles, blog text, website copy and comments on blogs, in which you may include active links that point to contact and ordering information for your books and digital products.Book directory images 1

A Pocketful of Internet Savings Coupons

Free web content to establish and manage your online presence are like savings coupons and they are all over the web. Using free resources, you can literally turn the contents of your computer, bookshelves, forgotten boxes under beds, file drawers and storage units into cash! There are great ideas hidden under that junk! Don’t let these writing ideas turn into dust! You can use them to market your books and products. Re-write and sell yourself with what was once useless stuff taking up precious space in your house and expensive space in commercial storage lockers.

Being a writer may mean that producing copy is easy for you. However, simply being able to produce copy is not enough. Even copy considered good for print media may not be such good copy for the Internet. One must either learn to search engine optimize Internet copy to take full advantage of technology or hire a reputable professional to write credible copy and provide search engine optimization (SEO) for maximum free internet exposure. But remember, you can’t fool the search engines, which are being updated constantly to catch your clever tricks.

The only way to win the search engine optimization game is to provide lots and lots of original, well-written copy on a regular basis that appeals to a wide audience. Many website masters and designers are learning the hard way that they still must also appeal to the human reader. The copy must satisfy two audiences–search engines and people–each of which has a different set of needs. The only trick in the search engine optimization game is to strike a balance between technology and humanity. And the balance is weighed by the use of appropriate words for each in the same copy, without overuse or under-use of words for human readers or keywords that lead a human reader to a search engine result.

Creating Web Content & Free Internet Buzz

Internet press releases, social media networking, Internet articles, blogs, websites, forums, virtual communities and the cloud, not only can create free web presence, but also can enhance brand equity and sell books, public speaking engagements, writing proposals, consulting contracts, editorial services, products and digital media.

Sell Books With a Book Contest

 

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Do you want people in your social networks talking about your new book? Host a book contest! With the right prizes, this promotional tactic can generate book sales, blog subscribers, Twitter followers, or Facebook fans (or all of the above).

Book contests are easy to implement and inexpensive, and they offer wonderful opportunities for you to connect with your readers and those who should become your readers. They also give your friends and fans an opportunity to “introduce” you to their networks.

Here are a few guidelines to get you started:

Decide what you want to accomplish. The contest goal is important because it helps you structure the contest and establish rules. When Barbara Techel hosted a recent contest to promote “Class Act: Sell More Books Through School and Library Author Appearances,” she wanted people to buy the book, but she also wanted to generate more authors as Twitter followers because they’re the book’s target audience. Other common contest goals include increasing the number of blog subscribers and Facebook fans or generating pre-publication orders.

Be creative. Host a contest before publication to help select your cover design or to name a character in the book.

Don’t require a purchase. It’s against the law.

Determine your prize. Give away five copies of your book; offer the books of other people when you’re working to generate more followers, subscribers, or fans; or use other merchandise as prizes. Just make sure your prizes are appropriate for your target audience. Techel attracted authors by offering prizes donated by businesses that help authors market their books.

Set a time frame. Most book marketers agree that seven to 10 days gives you enough time to build momentum and get action.

Establish rules. How do people enter? How do they win? If entries are judged, be sure to explain how that happens. To generate more Twitter followers, Techel asked people to follow her on Twitter and retweet a specific tweet posted on her contest website page.

Encourage people to share contest information – and make it easy for them to do so. Most of us are willing to help you get the word out – we just need to be reminded to do it and sometimes instructed how.

Be organized. No matter what system you use, make sure you’ve got a way to track entries. For example, if you’re running a Twitter contest that requires people to follow you and retweet the specific contest phrase, include a unique contest hashtag. It will make it easier for you to track and gather entries. In situations where the winner is selected at random, use Random.org. It’s easier than doing it yourself and nobody can challenge the outcome as biased.