Digital Books for Guests

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I thought I would call it that and then ask, are you providing digital books for your guests now? Is there any thing you provide in digital format, such as visitor's guides, etc?

And then this - a digital book mobile, how does that work? As you can see I have yet to convert over to digital.

http://digitalbookmobile.com/

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Speaking of this sort of thing, one interesting option is Kindle_Direct_Publishing through amazon.com. If you write a book or even a booklet, you can upload it to Amazon, their software automatically turns it into a Kindle e-book and it's made available for sale at the Kindle book store. No expensive books to publish. No inventory. No expenses. When somebody buys the book, they send you 70% of the money and Amazon keeps 30%.

I bought a couple of Kindle books on B&B management at about $2 each. They were only about 30 pages each, but had a few good pointers in them. I'm sure they have never been actually printed. Just straight to e-books.

This is a wonderful way for people to write their own books and put them out there for sale without having to pay a lot of money to a "vanity press" operation.

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I just have books (hardbacks) to be stolen.

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depending on what they have it wouldn't be that difficult to create a PDF file they could download you could send it as an attachment to their confirmation. We sometimes send out a word version of our sightseeing guide to help people plan their stay this would be simply a cleaverer version of the same thing. You could also put it on your web site as a free download ie info to do, about your b&B fact sheet about local celebs the possibilities are endless. depends how far you would want to go with it. Should you ever in the future decide to write your memoirs you could publish in this way for free all profits are yours. Paridises's husband would be the chap to speak to about this as he has published 2 e books already. As regards stuff already being out their to download think its still catching up as a advertising medium.

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Huh. We have **lots** of digital books here...long boring story. Just so you know, digital books multiply and cross breed with hard copy books, so if you invest in an eReader, you will have more books (of both kinds) than you ever anticipated. We have all our bookshelves crammed, books piled on top, and books piled throughout our private quarters.

I had never considered creating such content, but it's a brilliant idea. <brain hums....>

As far as libraries, I have a card at a library (large system) that "lends" digital books. I have to "wait in line" until the title I want is available, then I have to download it, and then it turns into a pumpkin after three weeks. I can still see the file, but it won't open.

I don't know that sharing eBooks one has purchased is terribly feasible. I know that Amazon has a mechnaism to temporarily lend a book to a friend, but DH cannot open a file on his tablet that I purchased from a specific, non-Amazon distributor (SO annoying. What if my eReader crashes? I doubt I'll buy from that particular source again).

We've had many guests who have Kindles or some such...they come loaded with their own content for study or relaxation reading (whatever they're here for...)

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 Perhaps regional stuff. Local authors.  Just asking, wondering how that work... 

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What you can do is say write a cook book ie Joe's books of local dishes - yes you can make a hard copy say it costs $6 to make and you sell it at $10 but as well you could upload it to amazon they sell it at 30% commission so you say price it at $5 still make the same money, you are then advertised on amazon depending on what you put on the cover (ie your B&B) you don't have to have any outlay for printing or have to store them anywhere or a minimum order. In this scenario would have ones to buy as a hard copy for impulse buyers but you have the advantage of if you run out or if they say Oh I have an aunt who would like this to you can mention the down load option as well. You could link it to your web site as well which would also have the added advantage of secure payment. It also gives general credibility to your business as if you write a book people are impressed and it is literally no risk! could lead to an extra revenue stream for those of us that are inclined!

Would be handy to have info booklets avaliable as a PDF but I figure its still catching up.

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