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Old 03-20-2009, 12:39 PM   #1
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You can make money by simply uploading old books on Amazon

For books past the copyright, people can upload the books and format it...add some links, etc...and charge $1. And make oodles of money! Seems like a great business plan. I for one, do not have time to figure out how to upload and correctly format one of those books. In any case, the time it would take to do it would be worth more to me than $1.

So MobileRead should think about about uploading all of its books onto Amazon.
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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For books past the copyright, people can upload the books and format it...add some links, etc...and charge $1. And make oodles of money! Seems like a great business plan. I for one, do not have time to figure out how to upload and correctly format one of those books. In any case, the time it would take to do it would be worth more to me than $1.

So MobileRead should think about about uploading all of its books onto Amazon.
You'd have to add enough value to it to dissuade people from just downloading the free public domain version of a given work. It would have to have superior formatting compared to the free one, and a linked TOC would be nice as well. Speaking for myself, though, I try not to pay for public domain works (I spend enough on new books!!!), so it would have to be a pretty compelling improvement.
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A lot of people just don't know they're available for free. When my cousin first got hers, she was downloading her favorite classics from Amazon because they were so cheap until I told her about places like MobileRead, Feedbooks, etc.

Of course, now Amazon has started putting up a lot of those classics for free so you'd likely only be able to sell more obscure titles. Sounds like a lot of work for little return.
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For books past the copyright, people can upload the books and format it...add some links, etc...and charge $1. And make oodles of money! Seems like a great business plan. I for one, do not have time to figure out how to upload and correctly format one of those books. In any case, the time it would take to do it would be worth more to me than $1.

So MobileRead should think about about uploading all of its books onto Amazon.
This would probably work if people weren't already doing this and uploading free versions.

Only public domain stuff I buy is from mobi. They sell giant collections for super cheap with proper TOC w/ links.

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Old 03-20-2009, 03:04 PM   #5
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If I were an artist (which I'm not), I could see perhaps doing nicely illustrated versions of classic public domain books and selling them for a fee. If I were a scholar in a field (also not) I could see producing a nicely annotated version. I think there are possibilities out there, but I think it would take substantial effort to put out a worthwhile product. People who are simply putting their name to free works and trying to get money will be found out by the marketplace, I believe.

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Old 03-20-2009, 05:04 PM   #6
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For books past the copyright, people can upload the books and format it...add some links, etc...and charge $1. And make oodles of money! Seems like a great business plan. I for one, do not have time to figure out how to upload and correctly format one of those books. In any case, the time it would take to do it would be worth more to me than $1.

So MobileRead should think about about uploading all of its books onto Amazon.
Why on earth would MobileRead try to make money on public domain books?

To me, this goes against everything we stand for..take advantage of people who are not aware the books available for free from numerous sites.

Baaad idea.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:59 PM   #7
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I think people would be surprised how many books are available in the public domain. There are quite a few places with large collections, which sure beats getting them off Amazon, even if they are quite inexpensive.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:47 PM   #8
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For books past the copyright, people can upload the books and format it...add some links, etc...and charge $1. And make oodles of money! Seems like a great business plan. I for one, do not have time to figure out how to upload and correctly format one of those books. In any case, the time it would take to do it would be worth more to me than $1.

So MobileRead should think about about uploading all of its books onto Amazon.

I have converted and uploaded a lot of books to MobileRead. (2792 at the last count.)
They are a gift, and I would be extremely upset to find other people trying to profit from my work. I think that you misunderstand the motives of many of the book uploaders here.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:39 PM   #9
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Yea, there are a ton of books available on public domain, but will somebody actually downloand is a different question. I've known about this for a while.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:58 PM   #10
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I agree with desertgrandma and Patricia. I think this would be a bad idea.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:42 PM   #11
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Not a good idea for someplace like Mobile Read. It wouldn't be in the 'spirit' of things.


Now if some independent wanted to create some 'Enhanced' editions like Penguin did with Pride and Prejudice those might be interesting. It adds value that some might want to pay for.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:08 PM   #12
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sounds like mobileread should charge markbot a $1/each for downloads!
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