Thursday, August 01, 2013

EBooks for Independent Bookshops - another quick update.

Earlier this year, I put something up on here about a possible option for Indie Bookshops to be able to sell EBooks, and actually make some money doing it. 
It's an Australian company called Readcloud. 

  • the bookshop gets around 35% of the download price.
  • bookshops don't have to do anything to process the sales, it's all done for you.
  • You can decide the books that are highlighted on the website. 
  • The prices of the books on sale are negotiable (not necessarily r.r.p.)
  • There are over 100,000 books available to download (all major publishers are included, and many smaller imprints) and the number of publishers signing up to it is increasing all the time.
Anyway, here's the latest update. Readcloud are still in negotiation with a Big Publisher to get the rights to sell their EBooks in the UK. It's a bit of a struggle, but they think they're pretty close to sorting it out. 
Once that's done, then, in theory, it's good to go. 

To the 30 or so Bookshops who've expressed an interest, we are almost there. 


Kake said...

As a customer, I'm really excited about this! Independent bookshops are one of the main ways I find new authors to try out.

Simon Key said...

Sorry for the delay in replying. Thank you. I'm really excited about this myself. It's going to be interesting (gulp) to see how many people use Read Cloud when it goes live.