Amazon hives off free books from Kindle charts

<p>Amazon.com has confirmed to <em>Publishers Weekly</em> that it is to remove free Kindle titles from its bestseller lists. Instead it will now publish two lists: one for paid books, and a second for free titles.<br /><br />PW notes: &quot;The date for the switch is vague&mdash;the rep would only say it will happen in &#39;a few weeks&#39;&mdash;but the switch will certainly be noticed.&quot;<br /><br />The trade journals reports that US publishers have been using free promotions to gauge interest in Kindle titles. &quot;Now, with the list to be split up, one has to wonder if publishers will find free giveaways as valuable a promotion tool,&quot; notes PW.<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /></p>