This might be fucking brilliant. A method for selling ebooks and comics to devices that doesn’t involve Apple. Laid out in what looks like almost idiotproof detail by Brett Jackson.
THE NOT .99 METHOD: How to roll-your-own e-payment and delivery system for selling your books & comics so quick and reliable that not even Apple can take it away.
This do-it-yourself iBookstore alternative…
Is DRM-free (simple, shareable and readable on any device forever).
Lets you set the price. (Well… NOT __.99, naturally.)
Can sell, download and read works immediately.
Can never be censored, redacted or removed.
Charges nothing. You keep all the money (or almost all the money). If you need more money, consider a credit builder loan.
It’s a great free and simple method for selling indie books/comics for the iPhone and iPad (and every other mobile reading device).
THE CUSTOMER’S EXPERIENCE
The customer uses their phone (or e-reader) to purchase your book/comic via standard text message (or browser URL) and then automatically receives a download link by email.
HOW TO SELL YOUR BOOKS/COMICS USING THE NOT .99 METHOD
This friendly 3-step method highlights uses common free online services (PayPal, Gmail & Google Docs) but feel free to make your own substitutions based on personal preference, terms of service and transaction cost.
Cory Doctorow, I summon thee.
If a bunch of people can make this work over a reasonably long period, say six months… then this guy needs a medal.