Thursday, November 12, 2009

Book promotion idea: readers can get your books for FREE, but you still get full-price

Amazon has their own branded credit cards, issued by Chase Bank.

You can use any credit card to buy from Amazon, but if you use your Amazon card, you can get FREEBIES from Amazon. You earn three points for each buck you spend with your Amazon/Chase Visa at Amazon, and one point for each buck spent anywhere else.

I have one card for business and one for personal use, and I use them a lot. Once I've accumulated 2,500 points, Amazon sends me a $25 reward certificate that I redeem online.

Now here's where it gets even better.

If you are an author whose books are sold by Amazon, this can be an easy and inexpensive way to send out occasional freebie copies of your books, and at the same time you'll boost your sales ranking a bit. (I am not condoning its use for this purpose.)

And even better than that:

If you encourage your fans to get a new Amazon/Chase credit card, they can get a $30 credit to pay for things like copies of your book. You'll make the usual money, people get free books to read and possibly recommend, and your Amazon sales ranking may go up.



  1. Thanks for telling me about this! I will see if I can sign up today.

  2. Hey Michael, that's a great tip, thanks. I don't use credit cards much, but I like the idea of being able to send books right from Amazon and get a little something back. Looks like a win-win.