Monday, August 18, 2014

Total Boox - Pay-As-You-Read Ebooks

There is a new ebook distributor on the market, Total Boox. Only instead of charging you full price to download a book, you pay as you read.

From Book Business Magazine:
“For example, if you'll read 5% of the book (from any part of the book), you'll be charged 5% of the price. Moreover, you'll own that 5%. So it is not merely a pay-as-you-read model, but an own-as-you-read one. You gradually own a larger portion of the book, and if you read the whole book you have paid the full price and you own it as if you purchased it upfront.”

For readers, this means if they start a book and don’t like it after one chapter, it’s only cost them maybe 20 cents. They can also download a ton of books at one time and not pay anything until they begin reading.

But think of that in reverse for an author. What if 1000 people “download” a $2.99 book, but only 100 read it? For a self-published author, that’s the difference between $2093.00 if downloaded from other retailers and $209.00 from Total Boox. (At 70% to the author.) Technically, people won't download from Total Boox until they begin reading, but if they were accessing the book through Amazon, they would have to download to begin reading.

I will be curious to see how well Total Boox can attract both readers and authors.

What do you think of this new business model?


And I haven't posted any photos of Spunky in a while. 
These two demonstrate his patience!
 


44 comments:

  1. Reading 100% and owning 100% of it should be the choice I would consider than paying full and not reading it all.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great pictures of Spunky. As I don't posses an ebook I can't comment.
    Have a nice day,
    Yvonne.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love the pictures of Spunky!

    Total BooX sounds great for readers...a little worrisome for writers! Guess our openings will be more important than ever!

    ReplyDelete
  4. At first glance Total Boox sounds like a good thing for readers. It would be a great way to try new authors and genres without paying a lot. But not so sure how it would be for authors. Love the photos of Spunky. Boy, he is patient. He looks good.

    ReplyDelete
  5. As a reader, Total Boox sounds promising. Nothing as bad as buying a full priced book and not finishing it because it's terrible. On the flip side, it's not so great for us who are trying to start out as writers. I don't plan on charging much for my first few books because I'm an unknown. That means, I may only get .10 cents!! AAhhhh!!!

    Elsie

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's possible it might attract more readers who are reluctant to buy a book without knowing much about it and whether they will enjoy it. Presumably these same people wouldn't buy the book from Amazon anyway.

    How is Spunky doing these days?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I find even when I dislike a book I still want to give it a shot and read it until the end. I guess something like that would be good if you weren't quite sure about a book you were considering buying and wanted to read a little first. But I agree, it doesn't sound very good for the authors.

    ReplyDelete
  8. As a writer, I'm not sure about this option. I wonder how many authors will opt to share their books in this manner?

    That bottom picture of Spunky is a hoot!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Elizabeth is right - openings will need to rock. Actually, the whole story will need to rock.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Mason, I have a lot of photos of him covered in stuff. He just doesn't care.

    Elsie - I know! That's a scary thought.

    Jo, you might be right.
    Spunky is doing really well. You'd never know he has cancer.

    Sarah, most sites let you read the first few pages anyway.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Not sure what to think of this idea. It would probably work well for me as a reader. The busier I am the less likely I am to continue to read a book that doesn't capture me rather quickly. I'd save money but I'd also be less motivated to give a book a longer look.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Aww, Spunky is so cute. I am not sure what to hunk about this new ebook option. I like the idea as a reader.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a great idea. For readers who have limited income like myself reading some of those expensive ebooks slowly instead of buying the cheaper ones only might help expand my palette.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Now that's a fantastic idea. I have so many books that I can't continue reading these day that I've become very cautious about buying before previewing on Amazon. This is definitely a new approach. Wonder if they will ever tie the % read into the rating of a book?

    Spunky deserves a medal.

    ReplyDelete
  15. There has to be a logical explanation for this, hey I know. Spunky snook out to his local to grab a few beers and now hes drunk!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Spunky always makes me smile! :)
    Interesting concept, but I'd rather just buy :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. New business models are always worth looking into. Whether it succeeds or not is down to whether an author is prepared to allow their books to be the experiment.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I agree with the other characters. It's a great idea for readers but not so good for writers.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I didn't mean to say "characters" I meant to say "writers". I'm in writing mode right now.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'd rather own and pay for a whole book. That way, even if I didn't like it, someone else might...even if it's in "e-format".

    And that is one patient cat, too! :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm really not sure how I feel about that. I've been sat here thinking about it, and all I've come up with is 'cute cat!' As with most publishing initiatives these days, I'll sit back and watch what happens.

    ReplyDelete
  22. It doesn't sound as good as Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited, which I think is good for authors and readers both.

    ReplyDelete
  23. This might work for others, but I'd rather just buy a whole book.

    Spunky is patient and cute.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Spunky is such a cool cat. I think he likes you messing with him :)

    I think this deal is better for readers than writers. I have many books on my Kindle I haven't read yet. How sad that would be for those authors.

    ReplyDelete
  25. The concept is interesting, but we're used to reading sample pages for free, so having to pay for a sample is a bit meh for the readers. And it doesn't seem that benefiticial to the writers either. So I can't see it taking off.

    ReplyDelete
  26. What Lynda said. With Amazon, I download samples before buying so I'm not sure readers would be enthusiastic about having to pay for that first 10%.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Spunky has a lot of patients!

    What's the point of paying for sample pages when we normally get them for free? And I've bought tons of books to support my friends but have never read them (not enough time). They wouldn't benefit in the end. On the other hand, I've downloaded a lot of impulse buys that I've never read. But that's my choice.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Sounds great for readers, crappy for writers, LOL!

    I hadn't heard of this. I'm curious if this will take off.

    ReplyDelete
  29. You have too much fun at Spunky's expense. Then again, he doesn't appear to mind. Cute.

    I like the above concept as a reader, dislike it as an author.

    ReplyDelete
  30. What will they think of next? I think it's kind of a weird idea, but the arguments you offer make it sound good for certain readers. Personally I guess I'd rather pay for a book all at the same time--I rarely start a book that I don't finish eventually.

    This will be interesting to see the outcome. It sounds like somewhat of a hassle to me.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    ReplyDelete
  31. your kitty is a canvas =)

    and i don't like so many people trying to make a quick buck on books (moreso, i really dont like people returning books - i never return books unless i bought a duplicate by mistake like i did for my son, go to the library, cheapskate!) sorry, rant over.

    thanks for all your support for my broken branch falls blog tour

    ReplyDelete
  32. More developments. Yes, great for readers but could lead to potential losses for authors. Maybe if it creates an incentive to publish a more-carefully edited book it may prove a boon. I don't know how many books I can't read past the first page/chapter because of grammar, spelling, formatting mistakes. So sad.

    Denise

    ReplyDelete
  33. Spunky is one cool cat. Total Boox is just another way to attract buyers, time will tell if it becomes a successful method. As a writer I'm skeptical, as a reader, it may have a shot.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Awwww, darn that Spunky is so cute!

    The pay per read is an interesting idea. I'm not sure what I think.

    As a reader I like Amazon's/Smashwords free sample. It's usually a chapter. that's typically enough for me to know if I'm going to like it or not. Do I have to pay to read the first few words in this new place?

    As a writer 209 is better than nothing. Those people might not have even looked at it - still if there isn't that free portion they still might not...

    ReplyDelete
  35. This is an interesting concept. Sounds really mean for the author though because some people may stop reading not because they don't like the book but because something interrupts them and they never get back to it.

    Your cat is super patient!

    Mary Montague Sikes

    ReplyDelete
  36. Aww. My cats loves those felt mice.

    Not sure how I feel about it. Will have to mull it over. If it attracts a lot of readers, I'd want to be there.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hi, I've been away for a long time and wanted to stop by and say hello. I'm trying to ease back into blogging. I've really missed communicating with so many of ya'll.
    I can't see Total BooX having any advantage for the author. As a reader, I would be way too tempted to try out one new book right after the other . The downside is that I would get stuck reading a million first or first and second chapters and the author would suffer financially . I don't like the idea . I often read more than one book at a time, but having to pay the price of the full book keeps me from downloading more than I can handle at one time and more than I need . Hope that made sense .

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hmmm...I don't love this model. It's like going to a restaurant and paying per bite, not having to pay the full price if you don't choose to finish your entre.

    Of course, that would never happen because the profit model would be so out of whack that no one could make a living. Same for authors! We need to be able to eat too!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I hadn't heard of Total BooX until now. There are definitely pros and cons to the concept. Pros - Readers may be more willing to try out more books from new authors. Readers aren't paying for books that they never get around to reading. Books aren't being returned for a full refund. Cons - Authors aren't getting paid the full price for their book. The stats may show lots of books being downloaded, but if they aren't being read or only partially read, it is affecting the authors income. Definitely something to keep an eye on.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi, L. Diane,

    Interesting concept ... as a reader I like this idea, because many books I start an never finish. So it does appeal to me in this aspect... however, as a writer, it doesn't sound as wonderful. Of course, we writers want our readers to be happy and devour our books, but what if they don't? This does give them an out, but it also takes away from our revenue.

    Since Amazon does feature first chapters on many books, a reader can certainly get a feel for the book whether they like it or not before purchasing... so As A WRITER, I don't love this.

    In answer to your question about the blog hop, we are posting a comical, uplifting, and inspirational, story about cancer to be published in the anthology...

    ReplyDelete
  41. I like the way Mark said it. We can pass the book along to someone else. Plus, it scares me to think I'd have access to readers who couldn't get past my first few pages. Yikes, that would feel horrible.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Hmmm, I echo many of the other comments. Not so sure this will be a win option for writers. Trying to keep up with technology is positively exhausting!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Great photos -- such a cool cat. Will Smashwords be distributing to Total Boox?

    ReplyDelete
  44. Total Boox is an odd concept. I don't think I'd be interested in it, and I definitely think it's not good for authors.

    ReplyDelete