The trouble was that we are all very busy, trying to survive and thrive, so the opportunity to get together and chat regularly wasn't possible.
However, this doesn't mean that we gave up. Oh no. Some wonderful groundwork was put in by Nigel French, owner of Cole's Bookshop in Bicester. He's been in touch with a company in Australia called "ReadCloud", who supply over 100 Indie bookshops down under with a platform to sell e-books. They're keen to work with us over in the UK too.
Here are the benefits of using 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.
- The look & feel of the e-book section of your website will match that of your existing website. Here is an example of what it looks like. This is a test site for Nigel's shop.
- 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.
One of the big draws for me personally, is that ReadCloud is an Indie company, just like us. I like to support independent companies and I want to support this one.
So, here's the deal. They need around 50 shops to sign up in the UK to make it possible. If they get 50 shops, the set up cost will be approx £950 (it's likely to be less if more indies join). There will then be an annual charge of £450ish after that.
Phew, £950 sounds like a lot of money. But we broke this down into sales. That's about £3 a day. If you sell ONE e-book for £8.99, you've made more than that.
We have customers who buy both physical books and also downloads. I'd like to think that if we sold downloads, then some of those customers would buy them from us.
I realise the timing of this isn't great, but please get in touch with me or Nigel if you're interested or have any questions.
Nigel can be contacted here
We've already had a few indies expressing an interest, including Bob from the mighty Gutter Bookshop in Dublin. He knows a good thing when he sees one.
Please share this with anyone who you think may be interested.