The Australian iTunes store is offering 66 free ‘first in the series’ crime/mystery novels this weekend. This should appeal to a trying-to-be-frugal fan of the genre like myself. Problem is, at first glance there’s nothing I want to read. I’ve only heard of two of the books and have already read one of these (Teresa Solana’s A NOT SO PERFECT CRIME) and own the other one though have not read it yet (Ben Pastor’s LUMEN). Without doing a modicum of research choosing from the others would be basically picking the covers I like (which we all know is not how it’s meant to be done).
What to do? Download all 64 of the freebies and worry about whether they are any good later? Download none of them since I already have a gazillion (ok, 170-odd if you want facts) unread books? I’m leaning towards the second option even though I can hear my dad’s voice in my head urging me to take the freebies (he would never knock back free stuff). I’m more inclined towards the “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” view of life and am not sure I want even relatively inoffensive digital clutter in my life.
What about you? Are you a fan of free books? Or do you find yourself being overwhelmed by the array on offer? Of course if you can recommend any of these based on something other than an eye-catching cover please do.