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Caleb J. Ross from Kansas City, KS is reading on the toilet by himself August 26, 2012 - 8:30am

Here are the links to get it. Free. No catches. No gimmicks.
From Aug 24th through Aug 28th I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin: a novel will be FREE on Kindle.


Though, okay, one kinda catch. You don't have to, but if you are cool with spreading the word however you are most comfortable doing so, that would be amazing. Are you best at blogging? Then blog. Do you work best by brevity? Then tweet. Are you having fun with the new Facebook timeline feature? Then post a Facebook message. Call your congress person. Tell a stranger.

Here are a few sample messages to help (if you are of the Twitter persuasion). Expand on these if you want. Link to your own reviews.

  • FREE until 8/29. I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin by @calebjross. PW says it's like Palahniuk and Alexie. PW is right.
  • RT (please): Get I Didn't Mean to be Kevin: a novel FREE until 8/29. No catches. Just a damn good book.
  • For those with morbid interests in displayed body parts, I Didn't Mean to be Kevin: a novel is FREE until 8/29.
  •  Didn't Mean to be Kevin novel FREE until 8/29. These people like it: @paulGtremblay @PublishersWkly
What do you get out of it?

A free book, of course. And the respect of your newly gift-receiven friends. It feels good to give something to a friend. Also, for anyone interested, I’m going to post the daily(ish) download count on my blog ( I’ll also write up a few notes about what I did during the week (I may put some ads on Facebook, for example; I’m not sure yet). For those of you familiar with my blog, you may know that I am a data nerd at heart, so I enjoy trying out book salesy things and then blogging about the (un)success. Here’s a list of such posts: The first day's results have already been posted, here:

I hope everyone takes this post as the sincere giveaway that it is and not as a shitty marketing message. After all, I’m giving these books away for FREE, meaning, I’m making exactly $0.


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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 August 26, 2012 - 4:29pm


I called my congress person but they couldn't hear.

Something about some guy's mom and his ear looking like cauliflower. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 26, 2012 - 11:29pm

I walked over to talk with my Congressmen about it, but when I mentioned your name he was all, "FCJR! Get out!"

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 27, 2012 - 8:08am

Everyone should jump on this. Except me, because I don't have a Kindle.

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Bruno Hat from Glasgow, Scotland is reading writing and arithmetic August 27, 2012 - 12:19pm

Arggh, I can't download it because I'm in the U.K. What a f*cking joke.

Anyway Caleb, thanks for the offer. I bought As a Machine and Parts and thoroughly enjoyed it so I'm doing what I can for the cause over here in Scotland.

Guess I'm going to have to order this one the traditional way.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 27, 2012 - 1:14pm

Grabbed it.  Thank you for a free book!

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Caleb J. Ross from Kansas City, KS is reading on the toilet by himself August 28, 2012 - 6:50pm

Thank you everyone!

@Bruno Hat, it should be free in the UK, too (at least until midnight US Central time today):

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore August 30, 2012 - 1:15pm

I'm too late to this conversation, but keep in mind you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle Edition books. There's the free Cloud Reader for your web browser, and also the free mobile app for smart phones. You can even read them on an iPad with that app.