I received an e-mail from a site called Bookmato.com
, a platform for selling eBooks. It offers a pay-as-you-read model for eBooks. You can charge by the chapter.
It's an interesting concept, although I don't know if I trust the site. The About Us verbiage has the tone of a Chinese to English translation, a la cheap toaster instructions. So do the book descriptions. Odd.
Here's the e-mail I received that explains the website.Hi,Bookmato is a new e-bookstore that hopes to include your work on our website.Bookmato is a different e-bookstore that is targeting the young generation with a better online reading and purchasing system.* A user-friendly, hassle-free platform to sell your books online. With our focus on convenience for both authors and readers, you’ll find that this is not just another eBookstore.* Bookmato allows your readers to read a number (chosen by you) of free chapters at beginning online directly. And of course, you set your own price for the rest.* Your readers can bookmark your book in case it is not finished, has a sequel or they didn't finish reading it. They can also vote, rate and discuss your book with other readers.* Your readers can use our pay-as-you-read purchase system. The pay-as-you-read system allows readers to purchase your work on chapter basis. In this way, your book will obtain more purchases because some buyers that only want to read a few chapters will actually buy those few chapters.* Your readers can read online and download html, epub, pdf, text and other formats that can cover most reading platforms.* Your readers will have the best online reading experience. Our online reading system is an upgrade to the current page by page system. We offer your readers many shortcuts for convenient navigation including a Table of Contents that is linked to each chapter, and links at each chapter heading which track back to the Table of Contents. In addition to that, what your readers can view on one webpage is not limited by the artificial 'book page', which can hinder the online reading experience. In this way, your books will attract more readers from the younger generation who seek out conveniences like these and are most accustomed to the online purchase system.* This is a bookstore that fits your needs. We offer you an easy, safe and fast way to upload and make changes. You can set prices for purchases or post your books free for others to read and give suggestions. If you have any suggestions, requirements, or recommendations, just tell us and we will make it happen.We saw your works on Smashwords, and we are planning to negotiate with smashwords so that the books posted there can be sold on our website. However, we believe it isbetter to talk to the authors first, so that you can save the percentage charged by smashwords.In order to post your work, please register here athttp://bookmato.com/AuthorLogin/AuthorFullRegistration.aspxOur pricing system contains basically 3 points:1. author posting/publishing cost no money2. reader purchase on chapter basis, you get 80%, we get 20%3. you can set the chapters to be free or non-freeSo we hope you can put your work on Bookmato to allow more audience to read them. In addition, if you don'thave time to do the posting, just send us an e-mail about your situation so that we can help you post it.To take a look around our website, please go to herehttp://bookmato.com/Homepage.aspxIf you have any problem or question, please reply this e-mail.Davis ChenBookmato