As I’ve been browsing around the net lately, I’ve discovered (I may possibly be the last one) that the popular electronics and entertainment chain JB HiFi has launched it’s own ebook store. At first I was really excited, because I thought that this was another channel I could sell my books on, but then I discovered that they are only accepting ebooks from traditional publishers. So until their policies change to let us indie authors in, then I’m just going to have to miss out.
I did however feel it was worth a mention as it may be a platform worth watching in the future, particularly if they sign on with lulu.com or smashwords.com as an indie distribution channel.
Here’s an article I found by Michele Star from cnet.com.au, explaining how it works.
The books are available in EPUB format with DRM applied, which is compatible with most e-readers on the market (except for the Kindle) as well as Apple iBooks and JB Hi-Fi’s own brand new free e-reading apps: JB Hi-Fi Now Books for iOS and JB Hi-Fi Now Books for Android.
Neither of the apps feature built-in access to the store; instead, you purchase books on the website. These will be synced to your account and will need to be manually downloaded to the app. To install a book on an e-reader such as the Sony PRS-T2 or the Kobo, you will need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions.
In order to sign up for the website, you will need to provide your mobile phone number as your account name — as with the Now music service. If you are already signed up for Now, your account will work across both services.
So far, the selection looks reasonably sized and priced fairly, comparable to Kobo‘s Australian pricing — although the search engine could probably use a little work. The most expensive title on the home “What’s Hot” page was under AU$20, but we had better luck finding specific titles searching by author.