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New online bookshop for self-published authors launched

A new online bookshop that allows self-published authors to sell print copies of their books direct to consumers has launched this week.

Bocabel, which is registered in Australia but is promoted as an international service, invites self-published authors to register on their site and upload listings of their books. Authors are responsible for posting copies to customers, who pay for the books through PayPal. Authors receiving immediate payment for their books minus a 10% commission to Bocabel. 

John Power, who co-founded Bocabel with Sam Constantopoulos, told Books+Publishing their aim was to build an online service that could overcome problems faced by self-published authors, such as distribution, promotion, transactions and author payment. ‘We take delight in turning the industry on its head, allowing self-published authors to collect around 90 percent of the retail price of their works, which is the inverse of traditional returns to mainstream published authors,’ said Power and Constanopoulos in a statement.

Power, a journalist and editor, and Constantopoulos, a print group business manager, said the site has benefits for both self-published authors and customers. ‘These benefits [for customers] include: immediate access to a new world of books; easy-to-use search functions, including the capacity to search for books according to author location (another world first!); freedom to lodge reviews of books or delivery processes; as well as the pleasure to supporting authors of experimental or small-volume publications,’ said Power.


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