Friday, March 28, 2014

Find All My Fantasy Novels at Inkbok a New $4.95 a Month Ebook Subscription Platform

Startup Inkbok launched today and all of my novels are its catalog. For a mere $4.95 a month readers get unlimited reading of books and articles on Android, iOS, and web. Like other cloud-based subscription catalogs, users can see and consume the content but they can't download it and keep it. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Most people want to read entertainment and information without really needing to keep a copy. Services like these also have value because they give their subscribers access to content across platforms and no one has to worry about having the right format for anything.

Inkbok distinguishes itself as a company dedicated to delivering value to its subscribers, compensating and encouraging its contributors, and giving to charities. Subscribers fees are distributed every month by these ratios: 30 percent to Inkbok, 60 percent to contributors, and 10 percent to community chosen charities.

Here are some details from Inkbok's press release:

“As Inkbok grows, it will benefit all of our authors and increase our impact on the outside community. There is nothing like this in the literary industry today,” says Konrad Urbanowicz, Inkbok’s Vice President and head developer. With Inkbok taking only 30% of it’s gross revenue to cover all of it’s expenses to run the site, pay employees, and make a profit, Urbanowicz is certainly correct that there is nothing else like this. 

This gross revenue sharing model is a new alternative to the traditional royalty system the publishing industry has used for years, and Inkbok may have struck a chord. In the past three months, they have gained 80 publishing partners and over a thousand authors. “The response thus far has been nothing short of amazing; our collection is growing exponentially,” says Urbanowicz.

When asked why a platform like Inkbok is needed, Todd Ebach, President of Inkbok, stated that people have a natural desire to search and discover, readers included, but they don’t want to pay for the process by buying each book. The team at Inkbok believes that offering readers the freedom to discover through a subscription model will result in more people reading and more exposure and royalties for authors. “We want to recapture that exciting feeling of spending hours in an old used bookstore and never knowing what you might find.”

The word “community” seemed to be the driving force of our conversation. When asked about this, Joey Ebach replied, “Reading is a conversation between the author and the reader. Our desire is to bring this conversation into real time, connecting authors with readers, and readers with other readers.” The team views Inkbok as more than just a business, but a place where stories and ideas are created, discussed and shared. “Early on, we chose not to seek out funding from investors or venture capitalists,” says Ebach. “If we did, they would have never allowed us to give 60% of our gross revenue to authors and 10% to charity; that’s not exactly profit maximization. Rather, we are a group of book lovers working to create the best reader writer community in the world.” 

Browse my novels at Inkbok

See my author profile.

You'll need to sign up for the service to read anything, but you can browse the catalog and see what's there first.

Please keep in mind that this is a brand new company building this system from the ground up AND this is it's first day. As time goes on more titles will be added and the site will add more features. I can attest to not having any problems using Inkbok as a supplier. Adding my written works went smoothly and the pages for all the books look nice.