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Free Book for helping me with a little experiment…

I went to the Cardiff International Comic Expo today. I went because I love comics, I adore anime and Art of all sorts floats my boat… this expo had it all…

…including three fellow authors –

A Trio of Talented Horror Authors...
A Trio of Talented Terror Taleists…

Rich Hawkins, Craig Saunders and Adam Millard. I chatted to them for a while – shop talk mostly – but while I was wandering around later it occurred to me… I’m a writer. Sooner or later I am going to have to try and build my following up and that’s going to require marketing.

I am terrible at selling myself or the things that I produce. I get tongue tied when I talk to people in person (hence why I talked shop with Craig et al – it was all I could think of to say!) so the idea of actually sitting behind a table and trying to persuade people to buy my books?

We are talking nightmares here… serious ones!

Anyway. I have a lot of books on e format and only one in print. I’ve always been intersted in using technology to my advantage, so I realised that as well as print books, I could offer e-books.

Through QR codes. Here’s some info about them, just to bring you up to speed – if you didn’t already know it!

What’s a QR Code?

The history of QR Codes

The QR Code was invented for the automotive industry. Toyota asked their supplier Denso Wave to develop a barcode for safely and easily identifying components. QR generators were originally used in industry. Because of the outstanding error correction performance (they can be read even if up to 30% of the surface are destroyed) and a lot of applications, the QR Code quickly made its way around the world.

How to use them:

QR Code reading apps are available for almost every smartphone with a camera (e.g. iPhone, Google Android, Blackberry, Symbian). The graphic can also be scanned and decoded with older mobile phones with a camera – there is free software (e.g. i-nigma) even for less widespread platforms.

Read QR Codes—recommended software/apps

There are plenty of free QR Code readers on the market. Here are the best ones (from our experience, but we’d like to hear your opinion):

Other mobile systems

Information from –


Now you’re all up to speed, here’s my idea.

As well as print books, I have cards with QR codes on them. The QR code gives the purchaser a code for somewhere like smashwords that allows them to download the book instead of having to carry a print copy around with them. The card also allows me the chance to give them a dedication / autograph that they can keep.

Having decided this I decided to play around with the code idea… I went to the site that I got the information on the codes from and created a code that had the information for a free copy of one of my books.

And as I’m a nice person, I thought I’d share the code with everyone who reads this blog post…



Just Scan the code with one of the apps from the info above (you’ll need something with a camera or a smartphone) and you can pick up a free book. I’m not telling you which one though.

One thing I would like you to do though.

Come back here once you’ve tried it (ie: downloaded the book) and comment below – I need to now how popular this idea could be.

Ta muchly peeps!

5 thoughts on “Free Book for helping me with a little experiment…”

  1. Great idea. I use QR codes on my business cards, postcards, banners and book marks. Even though I don’t have a phone with a QR code app on it. 🙂
    The only problem I have had was when I used the WRONG QR code on a post card. I found myself helpfully promoted a friend’s book. 🙂

  2. I was going to mention the Kindlegraph/Authorgrapgh to you as another option, then I scrolled down a little farther and saw your Authorgraph link 😉

  3. got it 🙂

    I used QR droid on my android, then just typed the url and code into the computer window. Though I had to right click on the image and copy the url and open it in a new window to get the code to show up correctly for some reason…

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