After reading Jenny Bhatt's post, Reader Question: Turning a Hobby into a Business, it is (high tea) time to take my passion for tea onto the track of doing business with other tea enthusiasts. I will combine my 10+ years blogging experience of creating online content with a longtime consumption of the beverage from the plant called Camellia sinensis. Rachel Parker: I am ready to "eat my Wheaties"! ;)
Now it is time to learn all the features (e.g., how to download a book with Adobe Digital Editions) and do research on the self-publishing industry and e-book market. What could I learn from Seth Godin's new Kickstarter project, "The Icarus Deception"?
Here is an excerpt from Alexandra Alter's article, Your E-book Is Reading You:
There are some 40 million e-readers and 65 million tablets in use in the U.S., according to analysts at Forrester Research. In the first quarter of 2012, e-books generated $282 million in sales, compared with $230 million for adult hardcover books, the Association of American Publishers recently found.
Meanwhile, the shift to digital books has fueled an arms race among digital start-ups seeking to cash in on the massive pool of data collected by e-reading devices and reading apps. New e-reading services, which allow readers to purchase and store books in a digital library and read them on different devices, have some of the most sophisticated reader tracking software. The digital reading platform Copia, which has 50,000 subscribers, collects detailed demographic and reading data—including the age, gender and school affiliation of people who bought particular titles, as well as how many times the books were downloaded, opened and read—and shares its findings with publishers. Copia aggregates the data, so that individual users aren't identifiable, and shares that information with publishers that request it.
(WSJ.com, July 19, 2012.)
I am thinking of starting out with shorter stories (see "Kindle Singles: compelling ideas at their natural length") with a twist, like the e-book, Tea Party Fairy Tales. I want to create a Tea Party Manifesto in order to connect tea enthusiasts around the globe. My vision: Tea For The Win! My mission: "Tea53"...
So far, I have ordered the following e-books:
- "Kom igång & skriv!" ("Get about & write!" in Swedish) by Johanna Wistrand.
- "Lyckas med bokutgivning" ("Succeeding with book publishing" in Swedish) by Sölve Dahlgren, Lars Rambe och Ann Ljungberg.
- The Flinch by Julien Smith.
Do you think it will be a "walk in the park"?