In this edition of Friday Download: why BitTorrent Bundle might be your new bookstore. With the release of paygates, BitTorrent Bundle has become the ideal platform for writers, whether independent or represented, to get their work in front of prospective readers. Not only can a single Bundle handle all file types, but it allows for the artist and publisher to craft an experience around their story.
This experience can be achieved by bundling supplemental content to extend the boundaries of the worlds within their books, including videos of readings and Q&A sessions by the author, or publishing a preview of sequels they are in the midst of writing. The flexibility of the Bundle platform is a blank page that can carry the literature beyond the pages of a pdf.
Many new graphic novels, non-fiction titles, and comic books have been appearing on Bundle. We’ve had the opportunity to observe how publishers are presenting the titles to the public. We’ve noticed a few characteristics that seem to work well when released:
Cover Art is nothing new in the realm of retail literature. Bundle allows for the display of cover art to entice the prospective reader in, then allows for a secondary background image on the Bundle landing page.
Media Preview is a feature of Bundle that allows for the streaming of audio or video content straight from the Bundle landing page. Successful publisher use this preview capacity to inform the readers about the literature, to paint a picture of the novel or guide.
Pricing is a tricky one, but Bundle allows for 4 tiers of access. Free, email gated, fixed price, and PWYW (Pay What You Want). Organizing what content is available in the free tier, as opposed to the email or paygated tiers is critical. You want to entice readers, but not sacrifice too much of the premium content. We suggest including a chapter or live reading of the book to pique the reader’s curiosity.
Here are a few more e-book Bundles that have caught our eye. From graphic novels and comics to fantasy novels and small business guides, unlock your next read today via BitTorrent Bundle:
Unlock a 200 issue collection of graphic novels from Dynamite Comics for just $6.00 via BitTorrent Bundle.
Download the Bundle, and grab the first chapter of the book and audiobook (published by Tim Ferriss), the writer’s guide and notes, Stoicism 101, and an exclusive “Mastermind Talk” video.
Jorg Tittel and John Agg’s ebook is part Die Hard, part Disneyland; an illustrated trip through the all the weirdness of contemporary copyright culture. Of course it belongs here.
Eckō shares the untold story of eckō unlimited. Get the Bundle to unlock Eckō's original sketchbook, artwork, never-before-seen interview footage, and an exclusive first look at his new book, Unlabel.
A multimedia intro to The Alliance, The Start-up of You, and the office culture we build next.