Looking To Start A New Business? Here's An Idea...

12 replies
Here it is in a nutshell: start a service that converts
ebooks to Kindle format.

I spent the last several days learning how to convert
one of my ebooks to Kindle and just uploaded it to
Amazon.com today.

It is not really that difficult, but there are a few steps
to learn and it is time-consuming.

As I was researching how to do it, I ran across just a
couple of services out there that provide this service
(and it's not cheap!)

I may have missed it, but I didn't see any services
like this being advertised in the Warriors for Hire
section. It seems to me that fellow Warriors might
make up a great target market for this service.

I've got too many irons in the fire right now, but
thought someone out there might just want to
jump on this. You might even be able to out-source
the work itself.

Your thoughts?

Brian
#business #idea #start
  • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
    I am off to create a new product for a WSO! Thanks Brian!
    Signature
    birminghamshootingrange.comfor sale |"Knowledge is NOT power... ACTION on Knowledge is power"
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1276257].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
      You're welcome Winebuddy... I look forward to your WSO

      Brian

      Originally Posted by winebuddy View Post

      I am off to create a new product for a WSO! Thanks Brian!
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1276271].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
        An update for those of you thinking about
        selling on Kindle...

        I uploaded my first offering to Amazon's Digital
        Text Platform (http://dtp.amazon.com) on
        Tuesday, 13 Oct, and it is now live 2 days later.

        So far so good

        Brian
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281125].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jay Sullivan
    Brian, you can only sell ebooks for kindle if you are a US citizen right? Also, if i am not mistaken, doesn't mobipocket creator convert pdf to kindle format FREE?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281311].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
      Jay,

      My understanding (someone correct me if I'm wrong!)
      is that you must have a US bank account and a Social
      Security number.

      I'm not familiar with mobipocket. But I do know that you
      can convert pdf's and word docs for free at the amazon
      dtp site. The problem I experienced is that the formatting
      gets messed up and you still need to manually clean it up.
      (Hence my idea for a business converting ebooks to Kindle)

      Brian

      Originally Posted by Jay Sullivan View Post

      Brian, you can only sell ebooks for kindle if you are a US citizen right? Also, if i am not mistaken, doesn't mobipocket creator convert pdf to kindle format FREE?
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281345].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Guy G.
        Originally Posted by Brian Cook View Post

        Jay,

        My understanding (someone correct me if I'm wrong!)
        is that you must have a US bank account and a Social
        Security number.

        Brian
        Hey everyone,

        We're a Canadian business and recently set up an account to sell kindle books. If I'm not mistaken, Amazon will only deposit funds into a US account. However, they will cut a cheque and mail once your commissions total over $100

        Cheers,

        Guy

        P.S. There will be withholding taxes, but I think there's some paperwork you can fill out to have them waived???
        Signature

        Business Relations and Marketing Manager
        Angulus Marketing

        http://www.angulusmarketing.com

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[2933808].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dremora
    Brian, why don't you write a step by step tutorial of the conversion process and offer it as a wso? I'd definitely buy it!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281336].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
      That's an interesting idea... unless someone beats me to it

      Brian

      Originally Posted by dremora View Post

      Brian, why don't you write a step by step tutorial of the conversion process and offer it as a wso? I'd definitely buy it!
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1282763].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jay Sullivan
    Excellent, i just figured out an abolute easy way to convert PDf to kindle format within like 3 minutes..Brian, i don't have the luxury of owning a Kindle, have you got one? ( I'm guessing you do...) if so, can i send you a doc to see if it displays properly in Kindle?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281377].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
      Jay,

      I don't have a Kindle either (yet)!

      The amazon dtp site has an online-viewer that lets
      you check how your book would look on Kindle.

      Even so, I've asked my sister (who does own a
      Kindle) to check out my book and let me know how
      the formatting looks to her.

      Brian

      Originally Posted by Jay Sullivan View Post

      Excellent, i just figured out an abolute easy way to convert PDf to kindle format within like 3 minutes..Brian, i don't have the luxury of owning a Kindle, have you got one? ( I'm guessing you do...) if so, can i send you a doc to see if it displays properly in Kindle?
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281398].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jay Sullivan
    Thanks Brian, i found something to view it with, and i see what you mean! The document would still need formatting to look decent on a kindle, and not just messy..hmm..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1281474].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dpepper
    Hi,

    I have also uploaded a document to Kindle though it has been a while, it's not hard to do. As a matter of fact I was planning on uploading another book, but I'm writing a report right now. Hmm, I should finish said report then look to offer my services, or write a report

    PS. I have a Kindle they are fabulous especially if you are traveling.

    PSS. Wow, I just noticed the date when this thread was started, still it could work!
    Signature

    Dolores Pepper
    .................................................. ..............

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[2933897].message }}

Trending Topics