So way back – like, two weeks ago – when I published my little guide to self-publishing erotica online, a very interesting person reached out to me. She is one of the co-founders of FreedReads, a new Australia-based company dedicated to getting more free books into more readers’ hands. Looks like a good idea, so I decided to hop on for the ride!
Here’s what I know so far: FreedReads’s goal is to provide books via streaming technology, the idea being that they can then be read on any device regardless of if you have a special app for it. No downloads, no file conversions, just the book. Which, given how labyrinthine the various eBook-reader-apps can be, sounds like a breath of fresh air. Readers can create lists of books they’d like to read, leave star-ratings, and share pages with friends.
FreedReads also has plans in place for compensating authors for their work via clicks on advertisements – although I went ahead and “donated” my two free reads, One Night to Tango & Taking The Reins, since I wanna get those babies out there anyway. Basically, it proposes to be another option for all us self-published writers out there, looking for new ways to get our work out into the world, while still getting recognition for our work. And I am always down with that!
Now here’s the bone in it (hehehee!). In order to read for free, there are advertisements attached to the books you’re streaming. I know, I know, annoying, but that’s the Internet for you. Of course, since my work is erotica, it comes complete with full-on “ADULT” advertisement. So, basically, click-to-view porn. Not my cup of tea, but hey, if you’re into that here’s another way to get in there! (And my stories can provide the cerebral gratification to e-porn’s purely visual kick. 🙂 ) Erotica authors should be aware, though, that their work will be associated with porn (of varying degrees of classiness). You have been forewarned!
Interested in taking a look? Click here to visit my FreedReads author page, where you can test out Taking The Reins or One Night to Tango with their eBook streaming system. When a new opportunity comes your way, it never hurts to dive on in and test those waters!