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Public Domain Books for Beta Launch
Published on February 8, 2023 by Joanna
We're thinking about launching our marketplace in beta mode with public domain e-books. This will give supporters a way to test out the site ahead of the full launch, which is when authors will be able to start selling their e-books in the...
Technology has helped more writers achieve their dreams of becoming published authors than ever before, but the dream of making a stable, full-time income from writing is still out of reach for far too many. One big reason for this is the fact that existing self-publishing platforms are corporations that put profits over people. They take too big a cut of authors' profits and subject authors to unfair business practices.
We think authors deserve a marketplace where they're in charge. As co-op members, the authors who sell e-books on our platform will make business decisions democratically. The platform will take a smaller cut of e-book sales, plus authors will have the option to distribute a portion of the co-op's profits back to themselves as patronage.
Our marketplace will also strive to offer readers a better browsing experience. Instead of burying search results under ads, we'll focus on helping each reader find the right books for them--without ever harvesting their data.
If that sounds good to you, we would love to have you become part of our story!