A grassroots community of readers and writers.
You have no business wanting to write unless you are a reader. —Kate Dicamillo, two time recipient of the Newbery Medal
In 2015, somewhere between 450,000 and 750,000 books were published by indie authors (rock on folks!) Several of those books topped the Amazon bestseller list and became beacons for other indie authors, who were devoted to producing high-quality and highly-read books.
Still, the majority of indie books reached fewer than 250 readers.
E-box proposes this solution to the limitations that indie authors encounter, as they try to expand their audience: a readership of fellow indie authors, who are committed to supporting their craft, as well as their own products.
What's in an E-box?
A book is a gift you can open again and again. —Garrison Keiller, author and NPR radio-show host
E-box is a $10 subscription service which delivers three, carefully-selected, self-published eBooks to your inbox on the first day of each month (henceforward, the best day of each month).
When you open your E-box, you will find your three eBooks, as well as an occassional bonus item. You will also find a list of books which have been published by fellow subscribers in the past month, so you can continue discovering the talent in our community!
Compare to other book boxes, which range from $20-50 in price.
Or to Kindle Prime, which, at the same price-point, offers no curation.
Perks for our authors.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Maya Angelou, Pulitzer Prize nominee
Jumpstart your sales. Each month, we purchase eBooks in bulk from the authors who will be included in our box. If included, your eBook will sell more copies in one swoop than the average eBook sells in a lifetime.
Collect Amazon reviews. Amazon reviews give your book leverage in a saturated market. We request that our subscribers choose at lease one eBook to review at the end of each month.
Get publicity. Even if your book isn't selected to be included in our box, we will feature your book blurb and blog information in a list of books published by our subscribers. Everyone who receives an E-box will also have the chance to check your book out!
How do we select the books that will be included in your E-box?
I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. —JK Rowling, author of 8 bestselling books
We review books submissions from indie authors and evaluate them on the basis of quality. We look for fresh characters, an engaging plot, and clean, beautiful prose. We believe quality writing can come from any genre!
We also give our subscribers the chance to vote for the books they would like to read in their next box. If a book catches your eye in our list of subscriber publications, give it a vote and you may unwrap it in your next box!
Occasionally, we assign fun themes to our E-box (watch out for Halloween!)
Ready to Join?
The value of our service depends on the size of the audience we are able to unite for our authors.
Our aim is to hit 251 subscribers by the end of the fall. That's more readers than the average eBook reaches in its lifetime.
If you'd like to make E-box a reality, enter your name and email address. When we pass 250, we'll be in touch with you to celebrate our new community and begin your subscription!