E-bundles are all the rage

It seems like e-bundling a series of books is all the rage these days. You can get three or four or even more books/novellas in a series by a single author or books/novellas by several different authors, often for the low, low price of 99 cents.

The Bigtime SeriesWell, I have jumped on the e-bundling bandwagon too. Back in December, I released an e-bundle of all the works in my Bigtime superhero paranormal romance series to date – the books Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx, and Nightingale and the holiday story A Karma Girl Christmas. So about 400,000 words of reading material. And yes, I currently have the e-bundle priced at 99 cents, although the price will go up to $9.99 after Jan. 31.

There are lots of different ideas behind e-bundles – attracting new readers, cross promoting with other authors, offering fans a good deal, etc. But does e-bundling actually work? Well, like everything else in publishing, it’s hard to say.

I’ve gotten a range of comments about my e-bundle, everything from folks who had been wanting to try my Bigtime series who downloaded the e-bundle to people who had bought the Bigtime e-books on various devices and wanted the whole series in one reading format/place. But so far, the large majority of the comments have been positive. Will these comments translate into new readers and more sales down the road? Well, only time will tell. If nothing else, I love deals, especially on books, so it was nice to be able to offer readers the whole series to date for 99 cents.

What about you guys? Authors, do you have e-bundles available? Readers, do you buy e-bundles? Why or why not?

Here’s the description for my Bigtime Series e-bundle:

KARMA GIRL—BOOK ONE

After a surprising betrayal, investigative reporter Carmen Cole decides to devote her life to unmasking superheroes and ubervillains in Bigtime, N.Y. But her actions put her in the middle of a battle between the Fearless Five superhero team and the ubervillains of the Terrible Triad.

HOT MAMA—BOOK TWO

Fiona Fine is the hottest fashion designer in Bigtime—literally. That’s because she moonlights as Fiera, a superhero with superstrength and volatile, fire-based powers. And with two new ubervillains in town, Fiona will need all of her powers just to survive.

JINX—BOOK THREE

Thanks to her unwanted superpower, fashion designer Bella Bulluci may be the luckiest woman in Bigtime. But luck can be good or bad, and it seems like just as many embarrassing things happen to Bella as do positive ones. But Bella is going to need every bit of her good luck when she becomes the target of two ubervillains intent on stealing a prize sapphire.

A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS—HOLIDAY STORY

On Christmas Eve, Carmen Cole is assigned to guard toys, clothes, food, and more that are intended for needy children and their families. An ubervillain plans to steal and then sell the toys to the highest bidder, but Carmen is determined to stop the villain—and make sure that this Christmas is a happy one for all the kids who are counting on her.

NIGHTINGALE—BOOK FOUR

Anxious brides. Drunken businessmen. Panicked partygoers. As Bigtime’s premiere event planner, Abby Appleby is capable of handling almost any crisis, but even she’s not prepared when she finds herself in the middle of a fight between superhero Talon and his ubervillain nemesis Bandit.

The Bigtime Series e-bundle is available through the following sites: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo / All Romance eBooks / Smashwords

I’m also giving away an e-copy of the Bigtime Series e-bundle – Kindle or Epub format, winner’s choice. To enter the giveaway, use the form below. Happy reading!

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16 Responses to E-bundles are all the rage

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Jenn, I’ve read all of these books. They’re all great, and this is an incredible bargain!

    I do have quite a few bundles on my Kindle, but I have to admit that as a reader, I like the single author bundles better. When I have a few multiple author bundles on my Kindle, I have to admit that I sometimes will read the first few and then will read another book and then another…and soon the multi-author bundle gets lost in my Kindle. I hope other readers aren’t the same, especially since one of my books is in the Super Romance Bundle, with nine other authors. I also have a 3-book bundle of my Miracle Interrupted books.

  2. Thanks, Edie! I appreciate that.

    I haven’t bought any e-bundles myself yet, but I’m with you. I would probably buy a series of books all by the same author, especially if I’ve read other books in that series or other books by that author that I had enjoyed.
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  3. blodeuedd says:

    Holiday season?
    Anyway books, any kind of books ;D I am too addicted.
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  4. Lori Simpson says:

    I love all of your books! Currently getting the CV collection completed. I get most of the bundles I chose in order to search for new authors, but I love the single author bundles for marathon reading.

  5. Jennifer, I like them as a way to try new authors. If I like one author in the bundle, for 99c that’s already a good enough reason for me, and I get to try three or four other authors risk free.

    I think it’s a clever concept, and I hope your BigTime bundle is a huge success!

  6. Brenda Hyde says:

    I gave books to my grandson :grin: He’s 10 months old, and I haven’t bought picture books in a long time since my youngest daughter is almost 14. It was a blast.

    I didn’t buy any physical books for myself but one of the guys I write garden articles for gave me an Amazon gc for a bonus and I was able to buy a Kindle Fire. That was a surprise and SO much fun. I bought a few bundles– of course. LOL
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  7. Colleen says:

    Jennifer I love your Spider series and just had to try your Bigtime series. Buying it as a bundle was great. I like bundles because I get many books for little price plus many new authors to become favorites. Though sometimes once I finish reading a book by one author to me the story isn’t finished and have to get the next one in the series right away because I don’t want to leave that world and then the bundle gets lost on my kindle lol.

  8. Melissa says:

    I love bundles :) I can’t resist a bargain. this sounds like a great read! Look forward to checking it out!
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  9. Mary Lynne says:

    I have recently discovered book bundles, mostly as an inexpensive way to get an ebook version of a book I already owned in print. In most cases, one book/author has been my motivation to get the bundle; however, that’s given me the chance to try other authors, which has led to new purchases!

    I’ve also bought bundles by one author. In many cases, the first book of the bundle has been distributed for free (or at no cost–is there truly such a thing as free?), and I’ve read that first book and felt motivated to get the bundle (see Jennifer Lyon’s The Proposition as an example). In this latter case, cost is a factor. If the author isn’t that well-known to me, the less expensive the bundle, the more I’m willing to try the author.

    What’s interesting about ebooks and bundling (ahem) is that they can be done relatively rapidly after publication. In print models, the “boxed set” wasn’t of value to a fan of a particular author, as that reader probably bought every book upon publication and already owned them by the time the boxed set became available. But you can do an infinite variety of ebook bundles as a series is written or in conjunction with other authors to drive sales.

    Great topic for discussion! The delivery mechanisms really are changing, aren’t they?

    • I will buy both an e-book and a print book of titles that I really like, especially if the e-book is on sale. And you’re right — the possibilities are endless when it comes e-books, especially bundles. The more the merrier, right?
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