This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 1 2018 9:15 AM UTC +00:00.
Eden Books is an online bookstore dedicated to romance and women’s literature. We're a multi-vendor marketplace with a social media component.
In a time when the large online book retailers are restricting, hiding, and even disallowing the availability of certain books, an alternative to the status quo is needed.
Eden Books seeks to provide a supportive and encouraging environment that will allow the largest genre read to continue to spread hope, love, and happily ever after.
We give authors control over how their books are sold. Each author will have their own “store” and can sell books and other merchandise. There’s also a social media side, so authors and readers can talk about books and buy them from one site. One-stop shopping! Authors deserve a supportive and encouraging online bookstore that takes a common-sense, interactive approach to sell the stories WE love. We listen to the community and are addressing the concerns, needs, and wants of authors and readers.
No limits, no restrictions.
Eden Books is Paradise Found.
- A clean and easy-to-navigate website designed for today's busy reader.
- Spotlight categories that will include new releases, debut authors, authors of color, and bestselling authors.
- Easy search by author name, book title, and the various tropes into which a story may fall.
- Four different levels of monthly memberships that will keep wallets happy.
- Transparency to author and reader so Eden Books can be held accountable.
- Actual human customer service.
The design and build of the Eden Books site has been funded by founder, Robyn Crawford. The funds we're raising will go toward:
- Server and SSL Certificate (for two years): $4,100
- Attorney: $1,000
- Exclusive Eden Books merchandise: $3,000
- Miscellaneous: $1,300
- Kickstarter fees (10% of total raised): $1,050
The breakdown: $4,100 for website server/certificate + $1,000 for legalities/accounting + $3,000 for EB exclusive merchandise + $2,400 for everything else = $10,500
Please follow our progress and learn more about authors and new books on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EdenBooksUS
For answers to commonly asked questions and to learn more about Eden Books, please visit our landing page at www.edenbooks.org
**data collected from the Romance Writers of America and Statista.com
"Not only will Eden offer the books and author interaction readers are looking for, it will also provide a supportive, responsive environment for authors that other vendors lack." -Bronwyn Green
“I truly cannot wait for this online bookstore. Why? There is plenty of room at the top for Eden Books to sell books that are not necessarily sold by other retailers. As a reader, it was getting very disheartening to know that some of my favorite authors could not sell a taboo book because of the content. I read to escape, and I should be able to choose to read a taboo book or not. What is even more exciting is not only will I be able to purchase an author's book, but even their merchandise. One stop shopping, I'm so there. I'm a firm believer and supporter of Robyn's vision for Eden Book. So should you.” -Michelle Rodriguez
“I am so excited about having a place that promotes and encourages creativity and art in it’s unique form! Eden Books has, from the beginning, pushed for authors to write and express themselves freely. I’m looking forward to this fresh approach for romance and women’s fiction writers and readers!” -Fabiola Francisco
"Who’s excited for the Kickstarter campaign for Eden Books? I am! As an avid reader and blogger, I am so excited for Eden Books, an internet bookstore for true bibliophiles. No censorship, no discrimination. We get to read the books WE want, by the authors we want. I am honored to be donating to the Kickstarter campaign, I hope you donate too. Even a little goes a long way and every donation is greatly appreciated. Read on!" -Bibliophile Chloe
“The moment I heard about Eden Books, I thought, "Wow, finally a place for someone like me." Free to publish without creative limitations? Yes, please. I've been on the frustrating side of trying to put out stories that you know your readers will love, but platforms say you can't publish them because of content. With Eden Books, I have hope for a publishing future where authors aren't afraid to write outside the box. They can publish the stories they want without any of the headaches they're used to. Eden Books seems like paradise for someone like me, and my readers can eat the forbidden fruit without restrictions! Everyone wins!” -Kristi Webster
“Eden Books has created a no restrictions platform that is about to transform the book world. Finally, an exciting new place where romance readers and authors can socialize without limitations. Creating a coffee talk environment while shopping for your next great read.” -Cary Hart
“Artists everywhere need to be able to get their work in front of as many eyes as possible. They also deserve to have that audience be unbiased, and be on a platform where the artist interests come first. Not many platforms offer that, and Eden Books has taken on that challenge. I’m so excited to see what’s in store in the near future and hope that readers and authors alike, give this platform the attention it deserves.” -RL Jackson
"Hi, new fans! I just wanted to let you know that I’m so excited about Eden Books! I cannot wait to search out the new authors, the fewer restrictions on tags and content. This is going to be such an amazing partnership and I hope you join us in it. It’s going to be unprecedented!" -Angela Burrer
“Eden Books is everything an author has been looking for. It’s going to showcase art in its purest form: no limitations, all-access, freedom, and best of all no censorship! For the reader it’s more than just an online bookstore. It’s a community where we can all feel safe while getting our hands on what we love - romance books, info, and merch from our favorite indie authors! I feel honored to be a part of Eden Books and I honestly can’t wait until launch!” -Noell Mosco
Risks and challenges
In today's competitive market, there are always going to be challenges facing any new venture. These are some of the issues we’re up against:
1) Web Design and Content
Even with the amount of extensive research and interviews with authors, readers, designers and coders, we know there are items that we simply can't account for right now. Every dollar raised over our goal will help cover those unexpected costs.
2) Being Seen in the Marketplace
We truly believe the romance community will be excited to shop in an online store that understands who they are and what they want. While we'll work with a marketing team, we know word of mouth is everything!
3) Remaining Fiscally Fit
As with any retail business, meeting projected sales goals can be challenging. We are formulating two advisory boards comprised of authors and readers who will be representatives of the community. Staying on top of the changes within the romance industry will ensure we continue to evolve and grow.
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