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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Mar 31 2020 8:39 AM

Mentioned this sometime ago, but I think that now is the time to revisit the idea.

Make it possible (simple procedure) for new authors to self publish in Logos. They will promote the platform when promoting their works, and the author will get the Lions share of the revenue.

This model will require the author to pay for the publication (tagging) of the work and Logos keep a small amount for hosting the resource and handling customer service etc..

What are your thoughts?

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 1 2020 4:50 AM

I have one ready....

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Natasha Lampe | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 8:07 AM

I would absolutely love this. There are books I am trying to compile (and hope to finalize in the coming years) and would gladly pay Logos in the future to tag my works and sell them on Logos. Hopefully this is something that will become available in the future.

I could see this being very popular for sermons, study guides, etc. and as someone that loves buying sermons and study guides on Logos this would be an area where I would gladly spend more money. 

I do suppose there could be the issue of 'quality control', however. I self-publish fiction and know that sometimes self-published works don't always have the best quality because, well, literally anyone can self-publish. Some self-publications are downright unreadable. However, there are certainly ways to remedy this--for a well-deserved fee, of course.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 10:31 AM

Count me on the other side of this. I think that, if this is done, those resources should be treated like Faithlife Ebooks, and upgrade to Logos format if a book is demonstrating value by selling well. Maybe even create a platform for selling personal books, but I would hate to pay the price for a Logos book and then find out it was poor quality. I want to trust the resources I get from Logos will be of a certain level, not that the author had sufficiently deep pockets. For me, it would decrease confidence in the platform. 

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Natasha Lampe | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 12:05 PM

Justin Gatlin:

Count me on the other side of this. I think that, if this is done, those resources should be treated like Faithlife Ebooks, and upgrade to Logos format if a book is demonstrating value by selling well. Maybe even create a platform for selling personal books, but I would hate to pay the price for a Logos book and then find out it was poor quality. I want to trust the resources I get from Logos will be of a certain level, not that the author had sufficiently deep pockets. For me, it would decrease confidence in the platform. 

I agree with these concerns which is why steps would need to be taken to check the quality of the work. I'm 100% behind the idea of this, but certainly steps need to be in place to make sure the quality isn't compromised. I feel the author would be obligated to pay Logos for their time reviewing the work (to see if it fits quality standards) first. If it passes a quality check, then the author can pay for editing the work (not full-blown editing, but copy editing that fixes typos, punctuation, grammar, etc.) and tagging the work.

It certainly wouldn't be easy--nor should it be--but I don't want poor quality on the platform just as you and others don't, either. However, it could certainly open up for more works that may be great additions to one's library. 

I do like your idea of a separate platform, perhaps. Or starting out on the Faithlife Ebook platform with high-sellers being able to become Logos books with the tagging. Regardless, these works should clearly state somewhere that they are self-published works to let potential buyers know.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 3:59 PM

I also like the idea of a separate platform.  If I'm not mistaken, there's already an "edition" tag that distinguishes between:

  • Logos
  • eBook
  • User Created

My suggestion, if FaithLife were to pursue this, would be to add "Self Published" as another value for the "edition" tag.  That would identify self-published works as a fourth kind of resource, separate from Logos resources, FaithLife Ebooks, and personal books.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 5:20 PM

Lynden Williams:

Mentioned this sometime ago, but I think that now is the time to revisit the idea.

Make it possible (simple procedure) for new authors to self publish in Logos. They will promote the platform when promoting their works, and the author will get the Lions share of the revenue.

This model will require the author to pay for the publication (tagging) of the work and Logos keep a small amount for hosting the resource and handling customer service etc..

What are your thoughts?

if the fact that the book was self-published were clear this would be great. I have come to appreciate the editorial quality of Lexham Press and would not want that impugned through shoddy editing and poor content in a self-published site. That said, I would be a big fan of a self-publishing option. I know that years ago when personal books were initially launched, this was part of the dream. The logistics were probably overwhelming at the time. 

This seems to be most valuable if books would be released for Logos, in print, and cross-published to other digital platforms (Kindle, Apple Books,e etc). This would increase cost for sure, but likely have a self-selecting influence on quality control. 

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 5:22 PM

EastTN:

I also like the idea of a separate platform.  If I'm not mistaken, there's already an "edition" tag that distinguishes between:

  • Logos
  • eBook
  • User Created

My suggestion, if FaithLife were to pursue this, would be to add "Self Published" as another value for the "edition" tag.  That would identify self-published works as a fourth kind of resource, separate from Logos resources, FaithLife Ebooks, and personal books.

This is a great suggestion as well. 

Jacob Hantla
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