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Your Book Listings
Use this link on your website or in social media posts. If this is a freebie, anyone who clicks on this link will need to join your mailing list before downloading your free book.

Buy Cross-Promotion Tokens

If you want more readers to discover and download your freebie(s) faster, then why not just buy tokens instead of earning them? Use this form to buy tokens with your credit card or PayPal account. The minimum deposit is only $5!

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Book Availability

We can sell your book on Thirsty Author, or you can offer free giveaways, or you can simply link your book to your Amazon page or website.

Mailing List Options

When running a free book promotion, readers will added to your mailing list automatically when they download your book. If your book is for sale, they will be asked to join your list at point of purchase. If you aren't using a 3rd party mailing service such as MailChip, we can collect the emails for you to download.

MailChimp Integration

We will automatically add new emails to your newsletter. Please provide your API Key from MailChimp. If you've created one before, you can grab it here. If not, you can create a key here.

Mad Mimi Integration

We will automatically add new emails to your list. Log in to Mad Mimi and copy your key from the Account Page's API tab.

SendInBlue Integration

We will automatically add new emails to your newsletter.Log in to SendinBlue and copy your API key from This Page

Aweber Integration

We will automatically add new emails to your list. Activate Aweber using the Fetch button below.

SendGrid Integration

We will automatically add new emails to your newsletter. Log in to SendGrid and copy your API key from This Page

Your Book Files

If you're selling your book on Thisty Author OR plan on offering free giveaways, then you need to upload at least 1 format of your book to our secure vault. PDF is the most popular format and will result in the most sales.

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Pricing Options

We can add an instant buy option to your book and sell it for you on our website. We pay a higher royalty than Amazon and will actively promote your book. Leave price at 0 to disable the purchase option.

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Supercharge Your Giveaways!

Are you're tired of waiting for readers to visit your giveaway page? Why not promote your book to fast-track your success?

Here's how it works. Click the 'Promote Book' button next to your giveaway and choose what you're willing to pay for email subscribers, then we'll promote your book to our hungry readers. Whenever someone downloads your book to join your mailing list, you pay that amount.

Bids start at only 5 tokens. The higher your bid, the more often we'll display it... which means faster results for you.

Instead of spending your advertising dollars blindly, hoping an expensive ad in a magazine or website will work, with Thirsty Author you pay for results.

Please note:

  1. In addition to your bid amount, we also look at the number of times people download your book whenever we show it, and give some preference to books our readers enjoy. In other words, books that few readers download might require a higher bid than a popular book to get the same results.
  2. We display promoted books in our book download emails as 'other suggestions', and also in our Hungry Reader Newsletter. Our newsletter will give you the fastest results, but your book may not be included if your balance is low, since a small budget could be exhausted very quickly.


We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; in this policy we explain how we will treat your personal information. In general, if there’s any personal data we no longer need, we delete it. We don't ask for more information than we absolutely need, and don't store it any longer than is necessary.

The Data We collect, And Why

Your First Name: When you register, we ask for your first name just so that we can personalize our emails to you.

Your Email Address: When you register, we ask for an address and verify it by sending you a secret code. See notes on Transactional Emails below.

IP Address: For security purposes, we collect IP addresses of visitors for the purposes of protecting our website from hacking attempts.

3rd Party API Credentials: If your giveaways use the options to automatically add email subscribers to your lists, then we collect and store your API keys to make this possible.

Cookies Policy

We do not use cookies to target marketing emails or ads, or to track your activities on other sites. We only use them to make our site work better and to improve your experience. For example, we store the method of your last login (Facebook versus manual Email method) so that we can highlight the applicable button when you return so that you don't sign in separately via Facebook and Email in different visits, which can cause confusion and multiple accounts.

Email Policies

Transactional Emails: The email you provide us when you register is our only way to reach you for lost password recovery, customer support, notifications about your account or giveaways, changes to our policies, etc. These emails are not used for marketing purposes and are never shared with third parties. You cannot unsubscribe to these emails and continue using our service. If you choose to close your account with us, you will no longer receive emails of any kind.

Our Newsletter: You may voluntarily choose to join our mailing list, typically by checking a box during registration. Our mailings contain book promotion tips, news about our new services, and other content of interest to "thirsty authors" like yourself who want to increase their book sales. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of any of our mailings, and you will be removed immediately.

When unsubscribing from any optional list, please note that you may receive another email in the next day or so if the campaign is already being delivered, but in most cases you will receive no more newsletters from us.

Emails Collected From Your Giveaways

In order for your readers to download your book, they provide us with their email address. We send them one email containing your book download link(s), and that is it. If, however, the same user downloads books from other giveaways and different authors, they would receive an email from us each time. We do NOT add these emails to our own lists or anybody else's unless the email owner gives their express (not implied) permission.

Once the reader clicks on the download link, our system knows that the email works and that the reader accepts (gives express permission) to be added to your mailing list. We then add the email to your 3rd party list (MailChimp, Mad Mimi, etc), or we store their email and you can download all the emails from your Thirsty Author account at any time. You can delete or download all the emails we collect from you at any time through your Thirsty Author account. We only save them for you in case you have technical problems and need to recover them.

Protection Of Your Data

We use SSL encryption throughout our website so that any communication between you and our site is encrypted. We also make regular offsite backups, change passwords on a regular schedule, keep up to date on operating system updates, and use a firewall and antivirus software.

Correction and Deletion of Data

Correction: You can edit your account details yourself on our website when logged into your account. We don't store any personal information that cannot be edited by you. If you want to receive a copy of your personal data we have on file, we can provide it to you to.

Deletion: If you close your account with us, we can either keep your private data on file in case you want to use our service again in the future, or we can delete every trace of your data if requested. If you don't specify this when closing your account, we will automatically delete everything if your account was closed and you haven't returned to our site in six months. The exception would be if you pay us for a service, then we need to keep details on file to protect against chargeback disputes.

This website is owned and operated by Just For Fun Software Limited. Our office is at 3-35 Stone Church Road, Ancaster, Ontario, Suite 213 L9K 1S5 You can contact us using our website contact form at

Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Introduction 1.1 These terms and conditions shall govern your use of our website. 1.2 By using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full; accordingly, if you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use our website. 1.3 If you [register with our website, submit any material to our website or use any of our website services], we will ask you to expressly agree to these terms and conditions. 1.4 You must be at least [13] years of age to use our website; by using our website or agreeing to these terms and conditions, you warrant and represent to us that you are at least [13] years of age.

2. Customer Data 2.1 You accept control over Thirsty Author customer data and will abide by all GDPR regulations that govern it (, respecting the rights and freedoms of the customer. 2.2 You accept the responsibility to protect and secure Thirsty Author customer data from unauthorized use and theft. 2.3 Thirsty Author customer data will not be used for purposes other than email and social marketing. 2.4 Thirsty Author customer data cannot be shared with a third-party without prior authorization from Thirsty Author.

3. Copyright notice 3.1 Copyright (c) [2018] [Thirsty Author]. 3.2 Subject to the express provisions of these terms and conditions: (a) we, together with our licensors, own and control all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website (except for books and book data uploaded by Authors); and (b) all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website are reserved.

4. Licence to use website 4.1 You may: (a) view pages from our website in a web browser; (b) download pages from our website for caching in a web browser; (c) print pages from our website; (d) stream and download audio and other files from our website; and (e) use Thirsty Author services by means of a web browser, subject to the other provisions of these terms and conditions. 4.2 You may only use our website for your own personal and business purposes, and you must not use our website for any other purposes. 4.3 Except as expressly permitted by these terms and conditions, you must not edit or otherwise modify any material on our website. 4.4 Unless you own or control the relevant rights in the material, you must not: (a) republish material from our website (including republication on another website); (b) sell, rent or sub-license material from our website; (c) exploit material from our website for a commercial purpose; or (d) redistribute material from our website. 4.6 We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion; you must not circumvent or bypass, or attempt to circumvent or bypass, any access restriction measures on our website.

5. Acceptable use 5.1 You must not: (a) use our website in any way or take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the performance, availability or accessibility of the website; (b) use our website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity; (c) use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software; (d) conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent; (e) access or otherwise interact with our website using any robot, spider or other automated means[, except for the purpose of [search engine indexing]]; (f) violate the directives set out in the robots.txt file for our website; or (g) use data collected from our website for any direct marketing activity (including without limitation email marketing, SMS marketing, telemarketing and direct mailing). 5.2 You must not use data collected from our website to contact individuals, companies or other persons or entities. 5.3 You must ensure that all the information you supply to us through our website, or in relation to our website, is [true, accurate, current, complete and non-misleading].

6. Registration and accounts 6.1 You may register for an account with our website using a valid email address. 6.2 You must not allow any other person to use your account to access the website. 6.3 You must notify us in writing immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your account. 6.4 You must not use any other person's account to access the website [unless you have that person's express permission to do so].

7. User login details 7.1 Your user ID must not be liable to mislead and must comply with the content rules set out in Section 10; you must not use your account or user ID for or in connection with the impersonation of any person. 7.2 You must notify us in writing immediately if you become aware of any disclosure of your log in information. 7.3 You are responsible for any activity on our website arising out of any failure to keep your log in information confidential, and may be held liable for any losses arising out of such a failure.

8. Cancellation and suspension of account 8.1 We may: (a) [suspend your account]; (b) [cancel your account]; and/or (c) [edit your account details], at any time in our sole discretion without notice or explanation. 8.2 You may cancel your account on our website by contacting us directly.

9. Your content: licence 9.1 In these terms and conditions, "your content" means [all works and materials (including without limitation text, graphics, images, audio material, video material, audio-visual material, scripts, software and files) that you submit to us or our website for storage or publication on, processing by, or transmission via, our website]. 9.2 You hereby waive all your moral rights in your content to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law; and you warrant and represent that all other moral rights in your content have been waived to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. 9.3 You may edit your content to the extent permitted using the editing functionality made available on our website. 9.4 Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach any provision of these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may delete, unpublish or edit any or all of your content.

10. Your content: rules 10.1 You warrant and represent that your content will comply with these terms and conditions. 10.2 Your content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any person's legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action against any person (in each case in any jurisdiction and under any applicable law). 10.3 Your content, and the use of your content by us in accordance with these terms and conditions, must not: (a) be libellous or maliciously false; (b) be obscene or indecent; (c) infringe any copyright, moral right, database right, trade mark right, design right, right in passing off, or other intellectual property right; (d) infringe any right of confidence, right of privacy or right under data protection legislation; (e) constitute negligent advice or contain any negligent statement; (f) constitute an incitement to commit a crime[, instructions for the commission of a crime or the promotion of criminal activity]; (g) be in contempt of any court, or in breach of any court order; (h) be in breach of racial or religious hatred or discrimination legislation; (i) be blasphemous; (j) be in breach of official secrets legislation; (k) be in breach of any contractual obligation owed to any person; (l) [depict violence[ in an explicit, graphic or gratuitous manner]]; (m) [be pornographic[, lewd, suggestive or sexually explicit]]; (n) [be untrue, false, inaccurate or misleading]; (o) [consist of or contain any instructions, advice or other information which may be acted upon and could, if acted upon, cause illness, injury or death, or any other loss or damage]; (p) [constitute spam]; (q) [be offensive, deceptive, fraudulent, threatening, abusive, harassing, anti-social, menacing, hateful, discriminatory or inflammatory]; or (r) [cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any person].

11. Limited warranties 11.1 We do not warrant or represent: (a) the completeness or accuracy of the information published on our website; (b) that the material on the website is up to date; or (c) that the website or any service on the website will remain available. 11.2 We reserve the right to discontinue or alter any or all of our website services, and to stop publishing our website, at any time in our sole discretion without notice or explanation; and save to the extent expressly provided otherwise in these terms and conditions, you will be compensated for the current balance of your account through direct payment procedures outlined in Section 21. 11.3 To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and subject to Section 12.1, we exclude all representations and warranties relating to the subject matter of these terms and conditions, our website and the use of our website.

12. Limitations and exclusions of liability 12.1 Nothing in these terms and conditions will: (a) limit or exclude any liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence; (b) limit or exclude any liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; (c) limit any liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or (d) exclude any liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law. 12.2 The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Section 12 and elsewhere in these terms and conditions: (a) are subject to Section 12.1; and (b) govern all liabilities arising under these terms and conditions or relating to the subject matter of these terms and conditions, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in these terms and conditions. 12.3 To the extent that our website and the information and services on our website are provided free of charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature. 12.4 We will not be liable to you in respect of any losses arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control. 12.5 We will not be liable to you in respect of any business losses, including (without limitation) loss of or damage to profits, income, revenue, use, production, anticipated savings, business, contracts, commercial opportunities or goodwill. 12.6 We will not be liable to you in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software. 12.7 We will not be liable to you in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage. 12.8 You accept that we have an interest in limiting the personal liability of our officers and employees and, having regard to that interest, you acknowledge that we are a limited liability entity; you agree that you will not bring any claim personally against our officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website or these terms and conditions (this will not, of course, limit or exclude the liability of the limited liability entity itself for the acts and omissions of our officers and employees).

13. Breaches of these terms and conditions 13.1 Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may: (a) send you one or more formal warnings; (b) temporarily suspend your access to our website; (c) permanently prohibit you from accessing our website; (d) [block computers using your IP address from accessing our website]; (e) [contact any or all of your internet service providers and request that they block your access to our website]; (f) commence legal action against you, whether for breach of contract or otherwise; and/or (g) [suspend or delete your account on our website]. (h) not be held responsible for paying out the balance of your account prior to termination of your account. 13.2 Where we suspend or prohibit or block your access to our website or a part of our website, you must not take any action to circumvent such suspension or prohibition or blocking[ (including without limitation [creating and/or using a different account])].

14. Variation 14.1 We may revise these terms and conditions from time to time. 14.2 The revised terms and conditions shall apply to the use of our website from the date of publication of the revised terms and conditions on the website, and you hereby waive any right you may otherwise have to be notified of, or to consent to, revisions of these terms and conditions.

15. Assignment 15.1 You hereby agree that we may assign, transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with our rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions. 15.2 You may not without our prior written consent assign, transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with any of your rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions.

16. Severability 16.1 If a provision of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect. 16.2 If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision of these terms and conditions would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

17. Third party rights 17.1 A contract under these terms and conditions is for our benefit and your benefit, and is not intended to benefit or be enforceable by any third party. 17.2 The exercise of the parties' rights under a contract under these terms and conditions is not subject to the consent of any third party.

18. Entire agreement 18.1 Subject to Section 12.1, these terms and conditions[, together with [our privacy and cookies policy] shall constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website and shall supersede all previous agreements between you and us in relation to your use of our website.

19. Law and jurisdiction 19.1 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Canadian Law. 19.2 Any disputes relating to these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario, Canada.

20. Our details 20.1 This website is owned and operated by Just For Fun Software Limited. 20.2 Our office is at Suite 213, 3-35 Stone Church Road, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, L9K 1S5 20.3 You can contact us using our website contact form at;

FAQ: Giveaways

  1. Do I have to pay to use this service?
    No! Creating a freebie on Thirsty Author is 100% free, including mail integration and other advanced features that cost money on other platforms.
  2. How does your cross promotion work?
    Our system uses 'tokens' to automatically trade book promotion between authors. You earn 5 tokens each time your book is downloaded from your freebie page (from your own promotional efforts) , and spend tokens whenever someone joins your mailing list through cross promotion-- we promote your freebie as a 'suggested download' when readers download another author's book. For example, if you promote your freebie and get 100 book downloads on your own, then you should be able to get hundreds of extra downloads as a bonus.
  3. What if I run out of tokens?
    We'll just pause the cross-promotion of your freebie until you earn more tokens. You can earn more tokens by promoting your own freebies in social media, on your website, or using services such as TheFussyLibrarian. Every time somebody dowloads your from your own freebie page, you earn 5 tokens.
  4. How many tokens will I be charged for each subscriber I gain through cross promoting?
    Each subscriber added to your mailing list will cost you at least 5 tokens. That's the minimum (default) bid. Authors who bid higher for subscribers will have their book shown more often and see faster results.
  5. When cross-promoting my giveaway, are these real people downloading my book?
    Yes! Readers are not paid or incentivized to download books. They just love to read!
  6. Are the giveaways emails you collect verified?
    The readers we subscribe to your list all have verified email addresses and are double opt-in, giving you the highest quality list possible. This means you’ll get a list full of engaged users at actual email addresses. We send them your book download link by email so they are only added to your list if they click to download the book which proves they have a working address.
  7. How do your giveaways work with Amazon countdowns?
    This is an better alternative to running an Amazon free promotion. Amazon free promotions don't give you any way of reaching your fans after they read your book.
  8. Without Amazon’s reach, how will my free giveaways be successful?
    If you create an Amazon free promotion and do nothing to promote it, you probably won't get more than 100 downloads. But if you promote it in social media and message boards you can typically expect a few thousand downloads. So you should be able to get many free downloads with or without using Amazon, but we offer far more benefits, including extra promotion, and building a valuable mailing list!
  9. Why don’t I just use my mail provider's autoresponder to send my free book to new signups?
    With ThirstyAuthor you can be very creative by customizing your books download page, and your book is also listed in our book directory with links back to your website or Amazon page. But the biggest advantage of using Thirsty Author is the free cross-promotion. When readers receive your book by email, they also get instant download links to similar books. This is similar to a group giveway except we do grouping for you, and everyone benefits from extra subscribers. We'll also promote your freebies in social media and in our Hungry Readers newsletter.

FAQ: Selling Your Book

  1. How do I sell my book on Thirsty Author?
    Thirsty Author is an online database that helps readers discover new books and and their authors. You can simply list your book details, or you can put a price on your book(s) and we'll sell them for you. Every time somebody buys your book a commission is added to your balance, and you can cash out with PayPal at any time.
  2. What royalties do you pay?
    We pay you more than Amazon (50%) with a 70% royalty for books priced from $2.99 to $9.99. We don't have exclusivity requirements so you're free to sell your book anywhere and everywhere you wish! We also don't charge for "data delivery" (which works out to roughly $1.50 per $10 book on Amazon).
  3. What other benefits are there?
    When someone buys your book we'll ask them to sign up for your mailing list, just as we do in our free giveaways tools. This way you can contact them to ask them to write a review or buy another your other books. And since we'll be sharing in your success, we'll be actively promoting your books in our system and our emails. We also have an option to send you an SMS text message whenever your book is sold.
  4. How do I get paid?
    Your royalties are on the books page of your authors dashboard. Whenever your royalties reach at least $20 you can request a cashout to your valid PayPal email address.
  5. How do you handle chargebacks?
    It is possible for a buyer to file a chargeback at their bank up to 6 months from time of purchase. These are very costly for an online business, and we take steps to prevent chargebacks and fight them when they do occur. Unfortunately, many times these are automatically settled in the buyer’s favor, and we lose their full payment plus a $20 penalty. Should this occur, we pay the $20 penalty but the royalties that were paid to you for that book will be withdrawn from your current royalty balance (which could result in your balance being temporarily negative). However, we feel a quick cash-out with risk of chargeback would be preferred by most authors over having their earnings held until the possibility of chargeback has expired.

Build Your List Using Free Ebook Giveaways

Free book giveaways (freebies) are the most effective way to gain new readers, but if you aren't using them to build a mailing list, you're wasting a huge opportunity.

Thirsty Author is a free service that helps you create a customizable book page (demo) where readers can download your book in exchange for joining your mailing list. But unlike other freebie services, ours includes automatic cross promotion, which amplifies your signups without the hassle of creating group giveaways. Plus, our service is completely free and is CAN-SPAM & GDPR Compliant.

Simply upload your book into our secure vault, fill out the details, and choose your mailing list provider to create a shareable freebie page. Every time your free book is downloaded from this page, you'll earn cross-promotion tokens that will generate even more downloads!

Mailing list support

You can easily connect your MailChimp, Mad Mimi, Constant Contact, SendGrid, AWeber, or SendInBlue accounts- or you can simply download the collected emails. We send your ebook file to your fan's email address, and they are only added to your list if they actually download it, so the addresses added to your list are 100% verified to be working.

Customize your page

We don't clutter up your giveaway page like the other guys with our own links, banners or branding. Armed with basic CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) skills, you can completely change the appearance of your freebie page including fonts, colors, backgrounds, and more. If you've done something extra cool on your page, let us know and we'll feature it!

Sell Your Ebooks in Our Store (optional)

The Thirsty Author website is a searachable, filtered catalog of great ebooks. You can simply add your books to our website with a link to your homepage or Amazon page, but why not let us sell your books, too? The advantages are:

List Your Books on Our Website - It's Free!

Our website visitors are using our searchable book directory to discover great new reads and authors. You can link to your author page, and every quality link pointing to your website improves your Google ranking.

There's no cost for our services. We just want to build a huge database of great books for hungry readers! So log in and add your books now!

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