Novelnook Upgrades Itself

New Features have arrived, and more to come!


We have recently implemented a few of the features we have foreshadowed in previous posts.  Here’s a list of what to expect on Novelnook:

1) Frontpage – Our blog, featured authors, featured eBooks, a new login module, FAQ module, and the newest users, are all live for your viewing on our home page.  We are working to develop a component that will allow us to display our wordpress blog directly on our site – more to come on this.

2) “Bookworms” – We have added a feature that allows authors to be “followed” – simply click “become a bookworm” on their profile page and you will instantly be notified of any updates or additions the author makes via your inbox!

3) Publishing – The “publish” function is now more obvious in the authors dashboard.  There is a large blue button that is always showing – simply click this to bring up the eBook upload form.

4) Logo – To keep things fresh, we will be updating our logo with the seasons, holidays, and special occasions.

5) Author Custom URLs – We’ve done some thorough research and discovered that we have the most simplified version of custom URLs out of all eBook publishing websites.  Here’s an example:

6) Point System – The point system is online.  You are now able to earn points in the appropriate amounts and we have updated all current member’s point totals.  Please see the how-to-guide / points tab for more information.  We will be moving the points article to its own menu item soon to make it more user friendly to access.  Features are still being developed (for you to unlock via your points).

7) Number of Purchases – Each eBook now has a number of purchases tracker for all to see.

8) Bugs with Author Application – We have fixed all known bugs with the author application and registration process.  We will handle all errors and issues as soon as we receive them, so please continue providing us with feedback.

9) Popularity – To give our readers an update on our rise in popularity, we have over 1,000 followers and around 100 published eBooks from over 70 active authors since our BETA launch on October 2nd.  We’ve reached 500 unique visits in just one week since activating google analytics and we have yet to begin our marketing campaign in full force.  These numbers are purely based on word of mouth from our users!  We thank you for supporting us and look forward to growing our user base through aggressive marketing in the future.

We have been hard at work – improving our site to meet authors needs.  Expect many more updates this month as we continually add and modify our services in preparation for our official launch in November.

Have a suggestion? Shoot us an e-mail and we’ll respond immediately…

– Colton Joseph (CEO & Founder)


Novelnook Points

Get Rewarded

Our point system is designed to give users something in return for their time spent on our website.  We believe that game dynamics play an important role in today’s websites by keeping users engaged.  The reward system creates an environment that keeps users coming back for more.  We made it easy for you too, you don’t even have to “spend” your points – features are unlocked automatically.  Your points accumulate over time, through website interaction, and even when you share Novelnook with friends.  When you reach certain point totals you will unlock new and exciting features.   Some are even recurring – i.e. every 2,000 points.  These features are mainly for authors but can also benefit readers.  So, how can you earn points? And what are the features that you can unlock? We put together a little teaser for you below.  Check it out!

Earning Points

Many of you may still be confused what the entire system is for, which leads us to to…

What are points for?

Keep in mind that the list above is designed to be a teaser and our full point system consists of far more than what is displayed here.  There are over 15 different ways to earn points and dozens of features to unlock.  Our entire point system will be fully operational near the end of October.  We are currently testing the system on our beta users and have been receiving great feedback.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.  Check back for more updates.

Novelnook Answers It’s Followers

Q & A

We have received some fantastic questions regarding our services over the past few days. Our hope is that by answering we will clear up any uncertainty of what we’re offering here at Novelnook.

Why would I publish on Novelnook when I already have my eBooks on Amazon?

“I’m not sure I see much incentive to making, say, $400 at Amazon in a month, and then -maybe- $5 at this place”

A very valid question and concern as a self-published author. First, this statement is based on very little factual data, as we haven’t even launched yet. We understand Amazon will get much more traffic but this comparison is highly debatable.

There are dozens of reasons why Novelnook should be chosen in addition to your current eBook seller sites.

1) To start, we encourage authors to post their material wherever possible. It only increases your target audience. Common sense.

2) Our services are FREE. If you are not willing to take the 15 minutes to post your eBook on our website, then self-publishing may not be for you.

3) Publishing your material on Novelnook doesn’t hurt you in any way. You have numerous options of sharing the link to your new eBook on your blogs, social networks, etc. which gives you a chance to earn more for your products by “funneling” users to your Novelnook author page.

4) Our website is designed to encourage reader and writer interaction. Amazon and other eBook stores have recently undergone scrutiny regarding their user ratings and reviews. Unfortunately, there are claims of “fake reviews and ratings”. This lends little faith to Amazon’s rating and review system. Check it out here . Novelnook avoids this issue by requiring a user to purchase an eBook prior to commenting and rating the material.

5) We also provide initiatives for authors to increase their exposure WITHOUT paying. Most eBook sites require additional payments to take advantage of their marketing services. However, by earning “points” on Novelnook, you will be eligible to unlock features which help with advertising your eBook – free.

Will Novelnook market my eBook for me?

Along with the above marketing features, we spend the majority of our funds marketing our own website and its authors. We have designed our entire business model to bring in large amounts of traffic. To name a few measures; our web development team has gone to great lengths to ensure SEO rules are applied to the entire website, search engine friendly URL’s are in place, and META tags and keywords are properly configured. The more traffic we get, the more you get.

What is Novelnook’s marketing strategy?

Our marketing campaign consists of numerous social networking initiatives in addition to Google Adwords, StumbleUpon, Facebook Advertising, PPC campaigns and much more.

How does Novelnook make money?

Novelnook is an investment. We are investing in the idea that authors will want to earn more for their hard work. As we grow, advertising, investors, and special features will keep Novelnook profitable. Not to mention, our operating costs are very minimal.

Do authors retain the rights to their eBook(s)?

Absolutely, it’s your material – we believe that you should receive 100% of the profits and maintain all rights to your eBook. We are merely a marketing outlet for the author. You may also remove your eBook whenever you choose.

How many eBooks can I publish?

As many as you can write.

Does Novelnook offer editing or formatting services?

Currently, we do not. However, this is something we are very excited about providing and we will DEFINITELY have formatting options available post-beta testing.

Editing services will be offered in the future as well.

Will Novelnook publish hard copies of my eBook for sell in retail stores?

We do not currently offer this service – this is something for much later down the road as we are focused on the expansion of our eBook store.

Can Novelnook copyright my eBook for me?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide this service. We do, however, supply many helpful resources to guide you through the copyright process. Note that in order to post your eBook on our site you must have it copyrighted first.

So publishing is free, but what if I want to pay for premium services on Novelnook? What do you offer?

Professionally designed eBook covers are available for a fee.

Sometime after our beta testing, specialized marketing options will be available for authors to purchase. It is important to note that this will not take the place of our free marketing features we already offer.

How do authors receive their money?

Paypal is our current platform for transactions. Authors receive direct payments from customers into their paypal accounts – much like eBay – except no seller fees are charged by Novelnook. The only fees are those that are incurred by Paypal (typically around 2.9%). We recommend authors apply for a FREE business paypal account – which will further lower your fees.

We will be adding major credit cards in the near future.

So, what’s the catch?

We love hearing this question asked because it means we’re on to something. There are no catches. Publish your eBook for free and receive 100% of your profits direclty to your Paypal account.

We hope this answers your many questions and we welcome further discussions regarding Novelnook – don’t hesitate to ask.