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1  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Self-improvement books for Bitcoins - a guide to dating on: January 19, 2011, 09:46:48 AM
Thanks for your review, morpheus. We'd be happy to provide you with the full book for free if you're interested. It is, at the moment, being polished and proof-read. We're glad to see that, even if you don't recommend the book, you often state that it is spot on. I hope that some of the negative points you saw will be corrected in the full book.

A few points:
- Alejandro is not american, that may be part of the reason you never heard of him if you are american yourself. This is also the reason why his grammar might be sometimes a little rough around the edges. Anyway, he is no world renouned pick-up artist.
- I believed it is stated in the excerpt that the concept of power is expanded upon in a later section of the book. Alejandro believes that social status is only a part of power.
- The reason the bibliography contains only one item is that it's an excerpt: you get the only reference quoted in the text, but there are a few more, including "The Art of Seduction" and some famous seduction books, including those by Mystery and Style.
- Some of the points are treated in more details later, including the part about being shy. Some techniques are treated in the part about meeting women. The point of the chapter you read was to skim on every misconception that one might have about himself, but not be too chatty about them. So the paragraph just says: there is no point in being shy, there is no risk in talking to women. How to actually overcome shyness is a more difficult and could not be explained in one paragraph.
2  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Self-improvement books for Bitcoins - a guide to dating on: January 17, 2011, 12:40:16 PM
Sales are not doing well, so far, but it's been less than one day.

We might release the final book on several formats, but PDF has been an open standard since 2008 and we don't use any kind of DRM or Adobe-specific features. I don't really see the point in releasing an ODT version, but an HTML one could be useful if you want to read the book on a small device.
3  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Self-improvement books for Bitcoins - a guide to dating on: January 17, 2011, 09:32:26 AM
Well, like I said, we're testing the market, it's an experiment. If nobody cares about buying ebooks sold exclusively for bitcoins, then we'll try something else. Now, a few pragmatic reasons to sell books exclusively for bitcoins, and you'll see we're not bullshitting you:

- we can target our audience better, as bitcoins early adopters will tend to be more geeky and scientific people
- people might want to support a bitcoin project, and pay a little more in bitcoins that what they would pay in dollars
- having bitcoin-specific material is an incentive to use bitcoins
- some authors don't want to get paid in bitcoins yet, but will feel robbed if we pay them at the current exchange rate, and the rate goes more favorable to bitcoin in the future. It's much easier to have with specific contracts for bitcoin sales, and our first author wanted to write a new edition of his book, so...

Anyway, there won't be any hard feelings if the experiment doesn't work, and we won't turn our back to Bitcoin.
4  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Self-improvement books for Bitcoins - a guide to dating on: January 17, 2011, 01:20:59 AM
You're right about the number of goods influencing the market size, of course. But we have no idea of the market size today, and whether we can pay our authors right now for writing books for the bitcoin market exclusively. If the experiment fails, we may try again in the future, or we may choose to publish non-exclusive material.

I hope you'll notice that the target number of downloads is very low for that kind of book. If we can't reach 50 downloads now, we can hardly justify developing a website and signing contracts with authors.
5  Economy / Marketplace / Self-improvement books for Bitcoins - a guide to dating on: January 17, 2011, 12:57:28 AM
Hello everyone

We're a very small team of self-improvement book authors, and we're curious about Bitcoin as a way to sell e-books. For some of the subjects we write about, we believe customers would enjoy the anonymity. But we're not sure there is enough of a market to build a whole website yet.

That's why we're launching an experiment. Our dating and seduction author, Alejandro, is writing a new edition of his "Guide to women, relationships and sex", exclusively for the Bitcoin market. You can find 8 pages from the guide here: for the symbolic price of 0.1 BTC. We will use the number of downloads as an indication of the size of the market. If we reach more than 50 downloads, the full book will be published. If we reach more than 100 downloads, we will create a dedicated website and expand our book catalog.

Please note that we'll never ask for customer info, and that our books will never have any kind of DRM.

Of course, even if you don't want to pay for the excerpt, feel free to voice your opinion and/or offer suggestions. Would there be some topics of self-improvement you'd like to see in book form ?

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