Feeds

Oz bookseller fires back in online battle

Amazon in Dymocks’ crosshairs

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Australian bookseller Dymocks, practically the “last man standing” as the combination of online competition, inept management and a rising currency decimates the local publishing industry, is firing back with what it calls an “end to end” online service for local authors.

Perhaps hoping that Jeff Bezos is busy looking for his missing rocket, Dymocks is prepping the service for an October launch.

Aimed at the vanity publishing market, the D Publishing: it’s a publisher with all the publishing value-add – things like book (or e-book) design, editing, cover art and so on – outsourced back to the author. However, D Publishing will assign an imprint to works and sort out their ISBN numbers.

The Dymocks masthead will then print books on-demand “anywhere in Australia”, where customers want a printed copy, as well as distributing e-books for authors that take that option.

If the model works, D Publishing will add design and editing services for authors (presumably with the risk put back on the author).

On the upside for self-publishers, the on-demand print model avoids the relatively high expense of most vanity publishing models. CEO Don Grover says existing self-publishing operations charge as much as $AU3,000 for a print run of 100 books. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.