'Tusk', photobook for iPad, downloaded +5k in one day
This post is also available in: Spanish, Catalan
Tusk, a photobook for iPad by Ana Cabaleiro, was downloaded more than 5000 times in one day. We wanted to celebrate Ubicuo Studio’s first anniversary by giving away all our publisher Apps.
‘Tusk’: downloaded more than 5000 times on 29th August
We were really surprised when we realized that Tusk was downloaded more than 5000 times in one day. This App was published on November 2011 and we can say that it has been downloaded more times in 3 days than in 10 months. We haven’t earned money as we gave away the App, but visits to our website and Ana Cabaleiro website (author of the book) have increased. Besides, Ana Cabaleiro is a really emerging photographer and now she can says she has reached an audience of more than 5000 people with the publishing of her photobook for iPad.
This is the distribution revolution. We also run a publishing house which publishes physical books “Atem Books“. We know the costs of producing 5000 copies of a book. We know the costs of storing these copies. We know the costs of distribution. For Atem Books, a really independent publishing house, it would have been impossible to distribute so many copies of physical books – and it would have been impossible to distribute these copies to a lot of countries. The costs of doing so could be (approximately):
- Production of 6000 copies of Tusk (and Tusk is composed by two books): no less than 25.000€
- Logistics, storage, distribution: no less than 3.000€
- Promotion costs to reach audiences of USA, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan,… (all the world): no less than 5.000€
And… When do you receive money from the distributors? Usually never or too late. They don’t tend to pay in time. You have to wait long months before the pay and you have to ask for your money a lot of times before they pay you. App Store pays you every month.
How many promotion copies you’d have to pay to reviewers?
How many copies would end up being ‘damaged goods’?
Differences between publishing books for iPad and publishing physical books
One of the differences between publishing books for iPad and publishing ‘traditional’ books is that ‘traditional’ books are physicial. They have to be produced. One by one. And if you produce 6000 copies copies of a book and you don’t get to sell them, you’ll lose a lot of money with the production, distribution and promotion costs. When you publish a photobook for iPad you pay the production costs only one time: and you can sell this book infinite times. Besides, you can update the book with more content and improve it.
Other differences are: books for iPad let the reader interact with the book. Readers can be co-authors of the book (‘Conrad Roset, the App’ is a book which let the readers create artwork)… you can also add multimedia content (geolocation, additional information, music, video, interviews, links,..) so you can build a better atmosphere for your readers. Ana Cabaleiro, for instance, wanted the readers to listen a song while watching her photos.