Since the bundle sales are new to some of you, and possibly confusing, I thought I would try to answer some of the questions that I get asked most frequently. There is a lot going on with these and I want to make sure that you know what is happening.
I’m posting this because on Monday, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale is going to go live. I’m very excited about that! This bundle is going to be a great deal, with over 100 different resources (worth around $600) plus $140 in bonus offers that you get free if you buy the bundle. At only $29.97, the bundle is an amazing deal. On Monday you’ll get the full list of books and bonus offers included.
Although it’s a great deal, $29.97 can be a lot to spend at once. If you are looking through the bundle on Monday and think, “This would be really valuable to me, but I just don’t have that money set aside right now,” might I suggest something? Mother’s Day is coming up very soon. Perhaps you could request that this be part of your present this year. It would bless your family so much, because these books are aimed at helping you to become a better homemaker, mother, wife, chef, and more. If there are books in the bundle that you don’t want, they can also become gifts to others!
You can read about my top 5 resources, if you’re curious.
Now, onto the FAQ!
Q: Do these books go on my Kindle or other reader device?
A: Yes! All you need to do is download to a PC or tablet (something with internet access and a PDF reader), and transfer the files to your reader.
Q: Isn’t the number of resources overwhelming? I’ll never read them all.
A: It is kind of overwhelming. But don’t think of it as something you need to read or use right now. Instead, pick out a few books that are really interesting to you and start with those. Over time you may want others. And even if you don’t, usually the bundle price is worth it to get the ones you do want. The bundle price makes the books less than $0.31 each. I like to keep mine in specific folders on my computer so that I can pull up the ones I’m really interested in whenever I want. Sometimes I’ve forgotten about some and I find a little “surprise!” And other times I frankly don’t read certain books. That’s okay. If there are several that jump out at you and they’d cost more than the $29.97 that the full bundle costs if you bought them at full price, go ahead and buy the bundle.
Q: Do these books come in print? Can I get them in print?
A: Some do come in print. Many don’t. Printing books requires finding a printer, distributor, and charging more for the books, plus shipping. The bundle doesn’t offer any print books, because we simply couldn’t offer this kind of discount if we had printing and shipping costs involved. All the books are contributed from bloggers, most with very small businesses, who can’t take that sort of hit. With digital distribution, a lot more is possible. If there is a particular book you would really like to see in print, contact the author directly to request it. Some will be willing to offer it (separately from the bundle, of course) if enough people requested.
Q: Can my friend and I share these books? Can I send a book to a friend digitally or print a book for someone?
A: Digital books need to be treated just like a hard copy, in order to be fair to the authors. If your friend would like to borrow a book temporarily, that is okay. If you don’t want certain books in the bundle, you can send those files to your friend and delete them from your own computer. If you and a friend both wanted some books from the bundle and your choices didn’t overlap, you could purchase one bundle and split the files — as long as no book is on both of your computers at once. And certainly you can print out a page or two (not the whole book) as a “sample” for a friend if they’re curious about buying a book!
Q: Can I print any of these for my own personal use?
A: Yes! If you have bought them and own them, you can print them for yourself. Many readers like to print cookbooks and put them in plastic “sleeves” inside binders, so that they’re easy to use in the kitchen. As long as it’s for personal use, this is just fine.
Q: How can I organize and use these? There’s so many.
A: I keep folders on my computer where I put all my ebook files. As I promote them, I’ve organized them by “sale” I have participated in. But they could easily be organized by topic or whatever other system you choose. If you have a reader, they can be organized on there. Favorite books or favorite parts of books (recipes, helpful tips, etc.) can be printed and put into a binder if you like. Whatever makes the most sense to you.
Q: Who writes these resources? Are they qualified?
A: The majority of these resources (in this sale) are written by bloggers. Most of them center around cooking, parenting, homeschooling, saving money, homemaking, etc. They don’t really require “expertise” or credentials to write! For example, if someone writes a book on a house-cleaning system and it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay — no harm done. It’s not really a professional category. That said, most of the authors are very passionate about their subjects and have either put in a lot of time researching and writing, or have actually lived the systems and advice for months or years before writing their books.
Q: Who can troubleshoot if I have trouble purchasing or downloading?
A: Questions should be directed to email@example.com. You can also see their FAQ page (about technical and fine print issues) here: http://www.keeperofthehome.
Q: What about the bonuses — do I have to use them? Do they ever expire? Are they worth it?
A: No, you don’t have to take advantage of the offers. They’re there in case you want to. I’d definitely take advantage of the freebies from Redmond Clay and Cultures for Health, because I love those companies. I might not use the “credit with purchase” offers, depending on what I want. And yes, the offers do expire. Make sure you look through the terms and conditions of each so that you don’t miss out. I definitely think these offers are worth it — some truly awesome “natural” products, for FREE!
Q: Why are there so many bundles lately?
A: Honestly? Because they make a lot of money for authors and provide a lot of value for readers. Authors can work together to reach a much larger audience than they would individually, and get their book into thousands of hands. They also can earn a fair amount of money on the sales, which is great for bloggers — it covers costs of running the site and helps justify the time they spend reading, researching and writing posts (time spent away from their families). For readers, they get access to dozens of books and resources for pennies on the dollar, affording them the ability to own a number of books they might not otherwise afford. Who has $600+ to spend on ebooks? Not many. Who has $29.97? Most! Since they’re such a great deal all around, they’ve been very popular.
Q: Why are you promoting this one? Why should I buy?
A: I get invited to participate in a lot of bundles. In fact, I’ve been invited to at least 6 so far this year. 10 if you include the “Bundle of the Week” smaller option. I’ve contributed a book to most of them, but haven’t promoted all of them. I’ve chosen only three to really promote to you. I chose these three because I thought that they were unique collections (not the “same old” books) and a great deal. There are a lot of resources in this bundle that I have been wanting, or have enjoyed having. Sometimes I am thrilled to find out who is participating in these bundles, because it means I finally get my hands on some books I’ve been hoping for! (Participating authors get the other books for free.) You’ll be hearing more of the highlights from these books next week, once the sale officially begins. I hope you’ll follow along and learn more about them, because some are truly excellent and I’m excited to share them with you. I don’t want you to buy because I make money (although admittedly, that’s nice!) but because I want you to have some resources that can really help you on your journey towards natural, Christian homemaking, parenting, cooking, and more. Why not buy them at a price that’s a steal?
Q: Is this for everyone? Do you want everyone to buy?
A: No, it’s not for everyone. There are going to be readers who are past the young-children stage of their lives, or who aren’t interested in all of this information from a religious perspective, or who, for whatever reason, are not interested in this bundle. And that’s fine — I don’t want you to buy it if it isn’t for you. I want those of you who say “I wish my home were more organized,” or “I wish I had resources for homeschooling my children” or “I need some help with my budget” to buy this bundle. I want those of you who can really, honestly benefit from it to buy.
I don’t promote things that I can’t recommend 100%. I don’t work with companies or products that I don’t stand behind fully. But I still understand that no matter how much I believe in something, it’s not going to be for everyone. So if it’s not for you, that’s okay! Don’t buy. And if it is, awesome! I’m glad you’re able to get some great resources for a great price.