‘Try Before You Buy’ With New Independent eBookstore, Openbooks.com

A brand new model of bookstore is causing lots of discussion in the consumer and publishing world. Why? Because Openbooks.com allows readers to download and read a book first before deciding if and how much they want to pay.

For the first time ever, an exciting new start-up company based in Poland is putting the consumer first by offering booklovers the freedom to discover great new reads without having to commit to any money upfront. This game-changing platform promises to turn the distribution model on its head and put the purchasing power directly into the hands of consumers.

Its back to basics ‘try before you buy’ approach utilises modern technology to reignite a passion for reading that’s been overshadowed by larger corporate publishing machines that simply don’t put the interests of readers or authors first. The company has clearly realised the power of consumers in this digital age, and have decided to work with it instead of against it which, it has to be said, is a great move.

But how do Authors benefit from this?

Contrary to what you might think, this ‘try before you buy’ model actually provides a wealth of benefits for the authors involved, in terms of exposure and reach. The platform encourages unlimited sharing and copying of ebooks. Openbooks.com lets you directly share the books you love easily and quickly, and anyone who receives a copy of the book can easily make a payment when they decide to support the author. This provides writers with the ability to make substantial extra revenues from their books.

In addition, unlike others, the majority of the payment received for a book via the Openbooks.com platform goes directly to the authors (70% from net revenue sales) and they also maintain all rights to their content.


Having been operating in BETA mode since January, the site holds over 200 titles, covering fiction, non-fiction and self-help and has focused heavily on user engagement and feedback. The site officially launched on the 14th April and now includes pick of the week – eBooks cherry picked by the team, bestseller and top contributed book lists, as well as community content such as user reviews and book discussion threads. With over 6,000 downloads to date, it is clear that booklovers across the globe are embracing the ‘try before you buy’ trend and OpenBooks.com ‘Read, Love, Share’ concept.

You can check out Openbooks.com here.