Australia’s first indie ebookstore has launched

A new ebookstore launched last week in Australia, but I didn't cover it. I kinda got distracted by Chris Walter's commentary (and the ensuing debate) on browser based ebooks, and I forgot to write about the ebookstore itself. Readings Booksellers is an indie bookstore chain with 6 stores in and around Melbourne, Australia. The ebookstore is based on, the browser based reading app from Inventive Labs. This means you can't download the ebooks, obviously, but it also means that you can share an ebook just by sharing the URL.

The ebookstore is well designed and easy to navigate. It's easy to find a title by either author or publisher, and you can try a sample right there in your browser (no account required).  There are about 120 titles available, and prices range from $11.95 to $19.99 AUD. No, you didn't read that wrong; the prices really are that high.

One thing you might not know about Australians is that when it comes to content they get screwed. Do you recall how I get pissed about a $10 ebook? They only wish they could get prices that low. They regularly have to put up with $30 paperbacks.

It's good that a new ebookstore has launched, but with prices that high I don't think it will have much success.

Readings Ebooks via BookBee

About Nate Hoffelder (11472 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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