Do you store the free Kindle downloads in your reader and forget about them? A great many readers do and that defeats the whole purpose of authors offering their books for free.
As authors we want people to read and enjoy our books and hopefully post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Authors are basically trying to make a few dollars from a product just like anyone else. They are paid Royalties on books and eBooks that are purchased but they get nothing from giving away eBooks that go unread sitting in your reader. The only way an author can be paid is from the pages that are read.
I hear so many times that people have hundreds of unread books in their devices. Do they ever think about the author that is waiting hear if you enjoyed their book. Even if a review is not posted, the author can see how many pages that have been read.
The same goes for free codes and giveaways. Authors offer these in exchange for reviews. We think our books are wonderful but need to know what others think of our efforts.
It takes a long time to write a book. It usually takes me a year or more to get a book ready to publish. When you put that much blood sweat and tears into something you want to know you've done a good job.
Collecting free Kindle downloads and not reading the book doesn't help an author one bit. If you are one of those collectors think about the authors out there and start reading your downloads.
One of the best things I've had happen is when I'm out at a book signing and someone who bought one of my books tells me how much they enjoyed it and buys the next one. That makes it all worthwhile. All an author wants to do is have his book enjoyed. Tell the authors about your experience and read those downloads.
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding