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Ebook retailer seeks advice
#11  DaleDe 09-19-2009, 04:49 PM
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#12  JSWolf 09-19-2009, 04:54 PM
Quote lybrary
Folks, thanks for the great advice. We do offer currently more than 3000 ePub ebooks (example: http://www.lybrary.com/27913.html

However, it is true that we don't do that for our own publications. We do already have the capability to offer downloads in all available formats to our customers, but we have not yet gotten serious in converting all of our publications into ePub or other formats.

If we wanted to keep it simple for now and only choose one other format besides the PDFs we already offer, would ePub be the best choice? Or should we rather go with another format?
for one additional format, ePub would be best. ePub can be read using Windows, OS X, and a variety of readers like Sony 505, 700, 300, 600, Bookeen Opus, the different V3 & V5 clones and even the Jetbook. Just make sure that no flow is more than 300k and it will work on all devices.

#13  pking36330 09-19-2009, 05:04 PM
I would like to see a retailer offer a strong 'Library' offering in which members could 'rent' rather than purchase ebooks. I know Overdrive provides this for some library's but not any I can get a library card to access. FictionWise has a similar feature, but I think their resolve to support it went south when they sold to B&N.

For fiction reads, I'm willing to pay a subscription to a large library of content that can only be checked out for a finite period of time and then expires. If its a classic in my estimation, I'll buy after I read it in order to keep access from then on. But much fiction is read and then never read again, and I'd like to 'rent' those one-time reads instead of owning them. I know this request will be controversial, so I include the following disclaimer.
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#14  lybrary 09-19-2009, 05:11 PM
The library-rent business model is quite interesting. It would certainly fit to our name. Let me ask you, how much would you be willing to pay subscription if all fiction available as ebooks today would be available in the library offering? And would you be fine with some kind of upper limit of titles you can rent per month depending on the subscription price?

#15  brecklundin 09-19-2009, 06:07 PM
talk to publishers like Schiffer as well as Collector Books (as well as others) to see about getting their reference book catalogues moved to ebook formats. It would be huge to the antiques & collectibles market, both for collectors and dealers) to have reference libraries on a portable device. I would sense DRM is a must on these books simply because of the mindset of those both in the business as well as collectors...these people are always looking for "deals" and sharing books would not bother them one iota.

Color devices ARE coming so the sooner the catalogues are moved the better. Even today I would buy a dedicated tablet PC just to be able to carry our reference library around wherever I go...once a color reader using something like eink is out I would pretty much offer up rum to JoBoo in order to not hit a curve-ball but to get these references!

#16  fugazied 09-19-2009, 07:23 PM
Quote JSWolf
Create your eBooks also in ePub (following the molibe ADE/ePub spec), LRF, Mobipocket, & eReader so you can satisfy your audience.
Yep, if you can do this and combine it with reasonable pricing, instant downloads and a decent range then you will have no trouble finding customers.

I would suspect your biggest challenge is dealing with publishers (whose demands off counter what customers want) so good luck with that!

#17  ahi 09-19-2009, 08:21 PM
Quote lybrary
Folks, thanks for the great advice. We do offer currently more than 3000 ePub ebooks (example: http://www.lybrary.com/27913.html

However, it is true that we don't do that for our own publications. We do already have the capability to offer downloads in all available formats to our customers, but we have not yet gotten serious in converting all of our publications into ePub or other formats.

If we wanted to keep it simple for now and only choose one other format besides the PDFs we already offer, would ePub be the best choice? Or should we rather go with another format?
Wow... from my admittedly cursory look at your homepage I assumed all you sold were Gambling, Games, Juggling, Magic, and Numismatics books. This, I should note, made me not browse further.

You might want to better highlight that you offer a rather broad range of books!

- Ahi

#18  boydcarts 09-19-2009, 11:29 PM
I just took a look at your site and saw that "Social History of Byzantium" eBook is selling for $99 US. (Amazon sells the hardback for $83). I understand you may not have much control over your costs, but I imagine you won't be selling many $100 eBooks even if the hardback isn't available for less.

#19  AnemicOak 09-20-2009, 12:43 AM
Quote kacir
A pdf file, especially the one formatted for A4 or Letter page, is not a good format for majority of e-book reading devices.
That's true for reading devices, but everything I've read says more people read on their PC than on handheld devices. Offering a PDF for those folks makes sense especially since it's so easy.


Quote brecklundin
talk to publishers like Schiffer as well as Collector Books (as well as others) to see about getting their reference book catalogues moved to ebook formats.
That would be great. Imagine some of those big super heavy books Schiffer puts out (I'm thinking some of their military history stuff) as ebooks. Although I wonder how well they'd translate to a reflowable format on a small screen they'd likely be great on something like the DR or the upcoming Plastic Logic. These are one kind of book I might even consider buying PDFs of and reading on my laptop.

#20  lybrary 09-20-2009, 06:20 AM
Quote boydcarts
I just took a look at your site and saw that "Social History of Byzantium" eBook is selling for $99 US. (Amazon sells the hardback for $83). I understand you may not have much control over your costs, but I imagine you won't be selling many $100 eBooks even if the hardback isn't available for less.
I agree, however the problem is how to stay ahead on 200,000 titles (and growing) when it comes to pricing. On would need to monitor several other retailers and adjust pricing regularly. On top of that the margins we can play with aren't that large to begin with. The real problem is that many publishers price their ebooks the same as their printed books. I think they should reduce the ebook by at least 30% if not 50% to start with.

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