www.firstchapters.net is a new book discovery site where readers can sample the first three to four chapters of great books free of charge. First Chapters promotes books in all categories and genres, including poetry and short stories.
Although the website only went live a few weeks ago, it has already received thousands of hits and is being followed by hundreds of readers. New features will be added soon.
First Chapters uses ‘crowd power’ techniques to publicise the site. Authors and readers are encouraged to promote First Chapters on their own blogs, and on social networking sites.
The reasoning is simple: one of the great features of Amazon is the ‘Click to look inside’ facility. But sadly, it’s often a very short extract, and sometimes the pages you get are non-consecutive. Everyone likes to read the first few pages of a book before they buy, there’s no better way of selling good books!
See the First Chapters website for details on how to get your chapters up there.