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Old 03-28-2014, 06:55 PM   #61
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...aaand their mail just arrived. Cutting it close.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:03 PM   #62
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...aaand their mail just arrived. Cutting it close.
I received one email, and didn't need to do anything. When I went back to look at the email again, there was a second copy with a notation from Gmail that many users had flagged such messages as spam.

So, if you use Gmail, check that spam folder!
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:36 AM   #63
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So, if you use Gmail, check that spam folder!

That's where mine ended up. Not surprising since they sent out multiple copies to most people. Not that I need it, but they really aren't giving folks much notice.


Here's a quote of the email in case anyone wants to know what they said...
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Diesel eBooks will be closing at the end of this month. It's been a great ride! We're exploring our options - eBooks are still in the infant years and there are many opportunities opening up now and in the future.

IMPORTANT: you must download your eBooks by month end. Downloads will not be possible on April 1st. We want to thank you for being such loyal customers. Understand this doesn't necessarily mean you won't see Diesel in another form in the near future.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:51 PM   #64
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I just got my notice. (I do not use any of those free mail addresses)

Really, a shame that a decent e-tailer can not survive. Or had to resort to cutting margins so slim, they will not survive.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:22 PM   #65
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Well, I received the email okay, but when I logged in I was only able to re-download 3 DRM-free books. All the rest gave errors about the publisher having withdrawn the books and it was beyond Diesel's control. Fortunately, they are all in Calibre anyway but it is annoying.

Long live Kovid and Alf!!
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:31 PM   #66
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I received my first email today, 30th March, with a deadline of April 1st. Too bad if I was out of town or sick for a couple of days, huh? Either way, no books on my bookshelf.

This is why we clean DRM, to those opposed to or apathetic about such activities.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:49 AM   #67
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The original DRMed copies would still work, if you downloaded them at the time. This is more about backing up your files.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:46 PM   #68
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Yep - I lost credit with BoB. Live and learn - don't leave credit unspent!
On the other hand, I recently received a $52 check for my unpaid subscription at Fictionwise...

(I'm not sure to what? Surely I didn't have that many months of their club pre-paid)
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:24 PM   #69
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It is sad to see independent ebook retailers shutting down. As the owner of an independent ebook retailer myself - Lybrary.com - it makes me think. I want to offer a few answers to some of the questions posed in this thread and would like to ask a few questions myself to help me build and guide my business. Lybrary.com is in business as ebook retailer since 2000, which makes us one of the longest running ebook stores.

Adobe tax: that DRM tax Adobe charges is not very much and can not be the reason why a retailer would go out of business or not be able to compete.

Agency Model: Yes, definitely this has made it extremely hard for independent retailers to compete. Our answer to the agency model was the following. One, we do not retail agency model ebooks. Yes, that means we cannot offer certain titles, but we can better support all those publishers who do not use the agency model. In this way, we help these non-agency publishers be more successful. I think if other retailers would do the same, and most importantly if customers would preferentially buy non-agency ebooks, it might cause the big publishers to rethink their strategy. Well, maybe I am too much of an idealist. Probably the big publishers don't give a damn either way. But you have a choice. Supporting independent retailers like Lybrary.com and others will certainly be good for customers long term.

Second, we don't try to be like the big retailers. We try to find niches where we are better than the big ones. For example we are world wide the leader in magic and conjuring ebooks. We have about 4000 titles in this category which won't find in any other store, certainly not at the big ebook retailers. We are working on building other niches. I think that this is the solution for independent retailers. Find a niche, develop relationships with authors and publishers in this niche. That will allow one to attract customers and content. In those niches we can compete with the Apples and Amazons. We have done this successfully for 14 years and I am pretty sure we will continue to do this for decades to come.

A couple of questions to the experts here.
- what would be interesting subject niches to specialize in? Anything that is not well served by the big boys?
- any particular features or offerings that would make you preferentially choose one retailer over another?

Thanks for reading. I appreciate any feedback, suggestions and recommendations.

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