Are recipes ebooks a thing of the past?

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I'm interested in selling an ebook which would include a collection of my favorite recipes. Should I even bother? I've heard the argument that you can find most recipes online so why would anyone buy it? But you can find information on pretty much ANYTHING online and infoproducts still sell...what are your thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    If I'm indicative of a typical consumer, these products are NOT a thing of the past. Recently purchased an awesome eBook called 1 Pan 2 Plates, and actually got the link from the food section of a local paper.
    Sure people can look up individual recipes online, but a proper book actually inspires them to try different things.

    Marketed properly, with compelling recipes, and it'll do well.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    My first thought was just what you said - there are lots of recipies online so who needs a recipe ebook? But a suggestion would be to narrow down to a specific niche such as organic recipies, dessert recipies, comfort foods, casserole recipies, regional cooking etc. This way you have an angle that may work better than just "recipies". You may also want to publish it as a kindle book as well. Just some ideas...
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  • Profile picture of the author christianS
    Of course you should bother. Everything is found online, but not everybody knows where to look, has the time to do so or wants to.

    If you compile this information into a beautiful little ebook, you deserve to get paid for that – and many people do.

    The trick is to get in front of shoppers, though. So if you are publishing on Kindle, have a look at what's popular and go from there.

    Bottom line: go for it for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by cbvsolutions View Post

    I'm interested in selling an ebook which would include a collection of my favorite recipes. Should I even bother? I've heard the argument that you can find most recipes online so why would anyone buy it? But you can find information on pretty much ANYTHING online and infoproducts still sell...what are your thoughts?
    Definitely NOT a thing of the past. The recipe books that sell well for me are the ones that have a "theme" or it targets a very specific audience.

    For example, what do you think would sell better to their target audience:

    #1: Homemade Recipes 101

    #2: Grandma's Secret Homemade Recipes, Southern Cooking You Won't Find Anywhere Else



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  • Profile picture of the author Neromancer
    What we have found are recipes for pets are really hot. We have several ebooks and Kindle books that do well - organic / pesticide free and GMO free recipes are growing as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Originally Posted by cbvsolutions View Post

    I'm interested in selling an ebook which would include a collection of my favorite recipes. Should I even bother? I've heard the argument that you can find most recipes online so why would anyone buy it? But you can find information on pretty much ANYTHING online and infoproducts still sell...what are your thoughts?
    We teach how to make money on an easy to sign up forums, some even FREE dedicated to IM/MMO e.t.c and still make a good living off it mainly because the information isn't always available in full.

    A lot of people still don't know how to source for it, some need more than just finding stuff online and working with it.

    Also, putting your offer right in front of the targeted hungry market helps you make quick money off it.

    Human and business perspective is diverse.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    IT DEPENDS
    i am working on receipe ebooks from different countires....asain food, middle eastern food...etc....
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  • Profile picture of the author oWriter
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    Indeed, not. Compiled and niche-focused recipes packaged into a nifty lil ebook is something I'd definitely have in my mobile or Kindle. Very useful. So go for it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      cbvsolutions,

      People are still buying recipe books. But I think it would be important to find an active niche and cater to hot categories of recipes. I don't think "general" or ordinary recipes are going to do well.

      Dig down deep and find a "type" of recipe that is very unique, hard-to-find, or very specific to one group of passionate cooks.

      I think adding great photos of the finished dishes will also aid your effort.

      And of course, the key to selling your book is marketing it to the exact people that the recipes will appeal to. If you go general you will probably fail. But if you find the right groups of people, your offer can appear to them to be irresistible because it is one-of-a-kind.

      Whenever the subject (topic) of your product is freely available on the Internet, you have to rely on the uniqueness and originality of what your offer (or the price - which is usually a losing game).

      The very best to you,

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author sweetcrabhoney18
    Putting out mini recipe books is how I got my start online. It's not easy but it's so worth it. Make sure your recipes and the format they are in are as unique and original as possible if you are publishing on Kindle. There are other places you can publish your recipes so think out the box. Find an angle for your recipes and make it as fun as possible. If you can add pictures then do! Profit is highly possible. Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyler Pratt
    If your recipes are unique and cannot be found anyplace else, that I would say you have some good to offer.

    Try setting up a fanpage that teaches people how to cook, what pots to use, etc. then sell them your recipes ebook.
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  • If its unique and informative definitely sale it online. I sale letters online and its doing pretty good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi,
    Go to Amazon and put in some keywords that you are considering and see what pops up. You can get a wealth of information on Amazon. You'll be able to see what is popular and what is selling.
    Good luck with your business.
    Geri
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    I still promote Anabolic and Metabolic Cooking which are both recipe books...

    And my list absolutely loves it.

    But besides that miniscule case study...

    The fact of the matter is that there will always be people who want recipe books.

    It's up to you to craft your offer and get it in front of those people who want them.

    All in all, I say go with it
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean DeSilva
    Recipe books certainly are a lot more commonplace on Amazon now. If you want to sell them, you have to hyper niche yourself.

    I'll give an example, curiosity got a hold of me and I was looking at some vegan cookbooks. I probably saw about 50 of them, so I narrowed to healthy vegan cookbooks, which still bought up a lot of results. I'm not a master chef by any means, so I further narrowed to amateur friendly vegan cookbooks and found only three matches, and I bought two of them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adriaan
      Yes, it definitely is still viable.

      Irrespective of what you are selling, you should know where to find your target market, where do they hang out?

      Then, join them and provide usefull help. Slowly you can start marketing your products to them.

      In your case - what types of recipes are you referring to? For example: "healthy home cooked meals under 20 minutes"

      Now search for: "healthy home cooked meals under 20 minutes" + forum
      You should subscribe to, and participate in, the top 3 forums.
      The same goes for the top 3 blogs, which you are going to guest post to.

      In both these activities, you should provide links back to your site you are selling these recipe books from.

      With the list building part, you could send 1 recipe per week to your list, and ask them to share it/ rate it and comment on your blog.

      You could also post photos of your dishes to Pinterest, while Tweeting about new recipes.

      As you can see, the social activity surrounding recipes is simply amazing, and can be profitably exploited!

      Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author xpesos
    Of course you should go for it, if you got interest and content you must start working on it ASAP
    You can use different platforms like clickbank, kindle, Ebay
    Plus you may find some big pinterest or facebook recipe page owners to do a JV with you
    There is still a lot potential in this
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    • Profile picture of the author DiggitySEO
      One of the best ways to make money in the recipe Ebook business is to keep your ear open for fad diets and nutrition trends, and hit them right when they're taking off. Examples:

      1) Tim Ferris' slow carb diet
      2) The jucing craze
      3) Vegan gluten free recipes
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        a book is a book is a book what ever, do what you want.....

        Its really not about the food at all. A nice looking front cover image of mac and cheese tho..gets me every time.

        No really.. it has already been said nice images will help a lot. Look at iHops new menu.. according to their sales reports since the new menu, it helped a whole lot!

        More importantly tho is the STORY. how these recipes bring you and family together how they bring friends together... I was on a blog not to long ago about recipes. They had the most interesting reads on all of these dishes I read like 40 of them. I then look at a recipe book they were selling. Guess what.. all the posts I just read were the experiences from each of those dishes! It was PURE genius! ( no I didn't buy, my wife is the impulse shopper in the family! haha - she would have for sure ) I wish I wish I could remember the name of the blog.

        you get the idea Good Luck!

        If you need some basic basic tips on food photos let me know!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    No... The trick is to find something and put a creative "in-demand" edge onto it.

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  • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
    There will always be interest in great food. You are correct if you think that competition is high though. People google a recipe type and often look for freebies, but a quality offering will spark interest and possibly sales.

    One thing that really sells recipes books is photos. A photo really sells a recipe. Even if we read the ingredient list, what really makes us want to try it is how it looks when finished. We often eat with our eyes first. If you can find unique recipes that would seemingly have mass appeal and have a teaser page of sample recipes and photos to offer a sneak peek then you have a chance to sell some ebooks.
    Good luck to you!
    GfS
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    For those of you who produce recipe books: Would you have any interest in a membership service that provided something like 5 images a week for use in your books/newsletters/websites?
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
    As an author of several recipe books, I say yes, recipe books do sell.

    Obviously look at the growth of the Food Network, which is an entire network devoted to food recipes, and more.

    The golden nugget is from savidge4:

    More importantly tho is the STORY. how these recipes bring you and family together how they bring friends together...
    The truly successful recipe books offer more than just giving a list of ingredients, with directions.

    The story of the recipes is what is important. How the particular recipe impacted your family. A story about where the recipe came from, which includes details of how the recipe was enjoyed by those who were part of the feast. A little bit of the history of the recipe and more.

    I know I am stating the obvious, but don't just copy recipes from others. The recipe should have your own spin with tips and tricks for creating the recipes.

    Your recipes need to be uniquely yours, with your own experiences thrown in the mix...

    And when I think of selling recipes I always think of I M Master, Willie Crawford, who got his start putting together a group of family recipes...

    Also I M Master, Ron Douglas comes to mind as another person who turned recipes into a profitable On-Line and Off-line business...
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  • Profile picture of the author Wizardofwisdom
    Originally Posted by cbvsolutions View Post

    I'm interested in selling an ebook which would include a collection of my favorite recipes. Should I even bother? I've heard the argument that you can find most recipes online so why would anyone buy it? But you can find information on pretty much ANYTHING online and infoproducts still sell...what are your thoughts?
    My wife cooks for a living and a recipe book is in the pipeline. The marketing model we're thinking of is to give an ebook away with 6 to 10 recipes in it. (She's on a ton of Facebook groups to do with food and cookery so shouldn't be hard to find takers).

    Then offer a membership for X recipes a month, plus tips etc.

    Personally, I want a physical recipe book beside me in the kitchen that can withstand getting splashed with a bit of tomato juice and is still legible in ten years' time, so maybe that's why recipe ebooks aren't so popular. (I can't be the only one, can I?)

    But a single recipe ... yes, I'll download that. Cooking tips ... the same.

    Hope those are helpful thoughts...
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickX
    Yes and No. If the book comes a long with an emotional trigger then yes. E.g. food recipes to lose weight fast. Recipe books in the fitness and weight loss niche sell.

    However, stay away of books dealing with "the 100 best cocktail recipes" It can be found for free online and no one is going to purchase them...
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    The concept of people wanting recipes is still very much alive, but I think the delivery method has changed significantly.

    I would have a look at getting the content turned into a app for android and apple market places rather than an ebook. Create a community around your content and become the go to person on social media for your type of cooking.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Kindle books with recipes are selling, but you need good pictures in the book, besides good recipes.






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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Logan
    Absolutely not. But it is important where you market them. If you go on Pinterest, you will find many interested prospects.
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    • Originally Posted by Nick Logan View Post

      Absolutely not. But it is important where you market them. If you go on Pinterest, you will find many interested prospects.
      I don't think so. The best strategy is to put all your content on-line and market it in that way. use it as a source for traffic generation. When you then add a community to it, the content will evolve continuously. This is impossible with printed media
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Originally Posted by CocktailsandShots View Post

        I don't think so. The best strategy is to put all your content on-line and market it in that way. use it as a source for traffic generation. When you then add a community to it, the content will evolve continuously. This is impossible with printed media

        This thread is a year and a half old . . . why bring it up again, especially when your answer is confusing?

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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    There are a lot of free stuff on the internet!

    Your work could be probably a waste of time and money if you don t have a great idea.
    You could do very particoular recipes as ZONA diet, vegan etc....

    Integrate with a youtube channel and share videos on social networks as facebook!
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  • Profile picture of the author Write Now
    In another thread earlier today, I mentioned that I several years ago I wrote a recipe book and published it to Kindle. I still receive monthly sales to this day.
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