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Old 02-07-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Design the ultimate eBook site

Hi all,

I am looking for more suggestions of what you would like in the ultimate eBook site. Both from the perspective of an Author and a Reader.

For the Authors we have:

Free autonomous uploading to the library, you maintain full direct control over your eBook and it's appearance in the library.

If need be we will convert your eBook to ePUB format for you free of charge.

The ONLY fee you pay is 15% of the (sale price - PayPal fee which is 30 cents plus 2.9% of the sale price) So if your eBook sells for $2.99 you will receive $2.21

$2.99
- .39 PayPal
- .39 ZuluExpress
= $2.21 You


For the Readers:

Completely anonymous eBook purchase and download. You don not need to become a member or be logged in to the site to download our free public domain titles or to purchase paid eBooks.

For Members:

Book Lists on your Member's page:
"Wish List" for both free and paid eBooks with direct purchase and/or download.
"My Uploaded eBooks" eBooks you have published in the library
"My Downloaded eBooks" free and paid eBooks can be re-downloaded any time anywhere.

For Everyone:

No Adds
No Popups
No Cookies

Coming Next:

"Recommend This eBook" links so that you can "One Click" recommend an eBook to your friends on Twitter, Face-book and other social networks (requires that you enter your login details for the desired network in your profile). Your recommendation will include a link to take them straight to that eBook in the library.

Please check out the site (www.zuluexpress.com) if you get a chance and let me know what you think, and what would like to see added.

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Old 02-07-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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You should explain that it is not possible to download a ebook at this time only to place on your wish list.
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Hi pagansoul,

To download an eBook simply click the green arrow below the word "FREE"
you can do that either from the library or your eBook "Lists"

I just tested it both as a visitor and as a member.

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Old 02-07-2010, 10:35 AM   #4
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No Adds
No Popups
No Cookies
Why do you consider "no cookies" to be a good thing, if I may ask? I want a site to remember who I am, to offer me suggestions as to what may interest me based on what I've bought previously, and so on. Why should I have to re-enter all the information that I've already told you, when cookies provide a perfectly good mechanism for that information to be stored for re-use?
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:40 AM   #5
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The ultimate eBook site would also sell eBooks with no DRM. That means current NYT bestsellers DRM free (as an example).
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A lot of people are suspicious of cookies and about the only thing that can't be done without them is auto-login. As for a member's habits on the site are concerned, I can get that information from the database. SQL is a beautful thing

However, if people want auto-login they by God they shall have it!! That's kinda the whole point of the thread. This is actually a genuine opportunity for people to quite literally design "The ultimate eBook site".

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The only kind of eBooks we have are non DRM ePUBs
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:54 AM   #8
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This thing just has an awful design. Great initiative, awful design.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:12 PM   #9
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Agreed: The site sorely needs to be brought up-to-date visually.

You may benefit from one of the online web template sites that will let you download a ready-made design and use it as-is, or (if you're good with photoshop) make light to heavy modifications to it. The Read an E-Book Week site did this with FreeWebsiteTemplates.com, and it made a huge difference in the look of Rita's site.

There are, of course, sites that will charge you for a template, but I'd start with the free services, because the template variety and quality aren't bed.
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The overall asthetic of a site (or anything for that matter) is made up of many things. So it would be really useful if you could be a little more specific.

Do you mean the colors, contrast, layout, quality of images/custom graphics?

And are you talking about the home page, other pages in particular?

I've had feedback from other MR users saying they really like the look of the site so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do about your suggestion.
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The overall asthetic of a site (or anything for that matter) is made up of many things. So it would be really useful if you could be a little more specific.
Okay: From my perspective, the "Zulu green" is okay. The banner and navigators don't work as-is: The banner should be at the top. I'd more closely tie together the site name graphic and the Zulu character, make them parts of the same image basically. The navigation buttons are overly large and awkward-looking, and should be underneath the banner.

The homepage needs clearer subdividing of the three sections. Vertical dividers would work, so would table frames or different table cell colors (at least for the center column, to provide separation from the other two). I'd remove the center justification on the homepage text.

I would also remove the center-justification from the Publishing page text... and if the Forums page is not active yet, remove the navigation button.

The other pages are essentially okay.
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The only kind of eBooks we have are non DRM ePUBs
Does that mean that you won't be selling e-books from the major publishers who insist on DRM and geographical restrictions?
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Thanks Steve, now that is something I can chew on
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Yes Harry that's right, only DRM-free ePUBs with no geographic restrictions. That may not help us get rich but we built the site as a place for authors to self publish and sell direct to the public. We don't accept copyrighted work from anyone but the author.
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Hi Ondabeach,

I hopefully sent a nice long pm to you about your site. Hope it helps mate, I too would say the site needs a graphical update. I have used templates for a web making tool called Joomla. Nice tool as it has a behind the scenes GUI that makes it easy to change things, I used it as I am a noob when it comes to site design. I came up with a great looking webpage with it.
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