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April 25, 2012, 03:28:01 PM
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Over the last year or so I've been writing a book on photography.

I actually only did it as a project for myself, with no intent to even show it to anyone else; but it is now approaching completion and it occurred to me that it might have value to someone somewhere.  Being an evil capitalist pig, that implied to me that I should try and sell it.

It would be, basically, a PDF for sale for some nominal number of BTC.  Given that it was never intended as a money maker I wouldn't want to charge a lot for a copy, nor to bother with DRM.

Selling work like this is completely new to me, either traditional or bitcoin.  Does anyone here have experience of selling a book for bitcoins (I'm not interested in fiat, only bitcoins)?  What are your thoughts?

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April 25, 2012, 03:33:00 PM
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I have bought a book/PDF via bitcoin before. It was easy. The seller posted it to a site that has password protection. Then when he received his funds he sent me a link and password to access it. You could, of course, use email just as easily.  If I can remember the website we used I will post a link in this post later.

EDIT: here it is. http://www.bitcoinservice.co.uk/

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April 25, 2012, 03:37:23 PM
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Okay, I'll push some business to a site when it is due. Try https://www.coindl.com/ you upload your file to their site and set a price then it is added to their webshop and if people want to download your book they pay the price and get your file. Then the site takes a 20% fee and sends you the rest.

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April 26, 2012, 08:58:13 AM
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Thanks for the interesting links chaps.

20% (coindl) and 10% (bitcoinservice) off the top seems a bit excessive for, essentially, a web server and a bitcoin address.  Even more so given that the "service" seems to be the supply of a associated bitcoin-funded account, which is only necessary because that's the only way they can get their cut.

For low volume, I wonder how much trouble RodeoX's suggestion of emailing a PDF would be.  It's not like I expect to sell thousands of copies (if any).

As an additional question: is there anywhere one can go to buy books-for-bitcoins?

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April 26, 2012, 09:32:21 AM
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Thanks for the interesting links chaps.

20% (coindl) and 10% (bitcoinservice) off the top seems a bit excessive for, essentially, a web server and a bitcoin address.  Even more so given that the "service" seems to be the supply of a associated bitcoin-funded account, which is only necessary because that's the only way they can get their cut.

For low volume, I wonder how much trouble RodeoX's suggestion of emailing a PDF would be.  It's not like I expect to sell thousands of copies (if any).

As an additional question: is there anywhere one can go to buy books-for-bitcoins?

I'd suggest listing your e-book on Amazon's marketplace, then placing a mention in the description that you can purchase via Bitcoin by email.

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