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Oakley Kwon
Works at Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government
Attends RMIT University
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Now, before your hackles come up, I'm really not selling anything, just asking whether writers who are contemplating self-pub think my ideas are any good.

I'm thinking about developing an online marketplace where authors who are interested in selling their self-published books can do so on the marketplace by setting up their own mini online shop like 'eBay'. The point of differentiation however is that the marketplace only includes 'quality' self-published works. 

In my mind the platform should:
1. automatically pull in existing book reviews that authors have from other places like Amazon, Google, or Goodreads - but of course for authors who are very new and have never published before, there would be the usual function of allowing new readers and bloggers to provide reviews of the book - on the condition that the book averages good reviews over a period of months in order to comply with the 'quality' requirement.

2. allow authors to add specific detail about their book ie. degree of action, romance, who the book would likely appeal to (to help attract the right match in readers to their book)

3. not limit readers from purchasing directly from the marketplace but will cost compare with other places that the author is selling their book on like Amazon etc and allow readers to choose where they want to buy the book (either directly from the author via the marketplace or from other sellers such as Amazon etc).

This will probably be a labour of love so it'll be free (including free of commission) - well, at least maybe for 3 years to give people a fair go.

As for quality - unfortunately for now all I can come up with is a screening process where authors will need to supply a copy of their manuscript or book and statement answering questions that work toward determining the quality of the book for the back-of-office team to review and make an assessment about before inviting the author to start a mini-shop on the marketplace. Or maybe an internal editing system with certified editors that self-pub authors need to get through before they can be approved to sell on the site. I think that for books that do not meet the quality standards, there'll be a list of conditions (ie. get the book re-edited etc) the author should meet before reapplying to sell on the marketplace.

So, these are my thoughts for now. Has it got merit, would writers use it, or is it a thumbs down and I shouldn't bother? Or should I just handball the idea over to someone like Amazon ;-)
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+Richard Kendrick thanks! I'm sad to hear that readers are hostile toward authors at all, anywhere.
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Sharing this, because I'm going there in 2016! Anyone want to join me?? Or have tips on best times to go and what to look out for?

#travel   #canada    #placestosee  
 
Canadá,  en el glaciar Skywalk  los pies parecen flotar sobre el suelo de cristal que sobresale sobre el  Valle Sunwapta, el viento que se levanta como el río que  corre muy por debajo.  Con vistas a las montañas y glaciares, sensación única en las Montañas Rocosas de Canadá, cerca de la frontera con los pintorescos parques de Banff y Jasper. Las vistas de las montañas y los glaciares son verdaderamente inolvidables, pero lo son más aún desde la plataforma con fondo de cristal que está suspendida a unos 200 metros en el aire sobre el valle. Fantastico!!
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From beautiful places :-)
 
Japan cherry blossom pink, beautiful ♥
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los desiertos son aridos y en los designos de dios son hermozos pero el
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estos para ver tanta hermozura le veremos destruido pura ruinas no mas
muerte jose parra venezuela le pido al mundo que teman de dios no del
nombre amen
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Yes, that's me ... with a very large shark! And still alive!  #australia   #fun   #bucketlist  
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Happy New Year from Canberra Australia! May it be a memorable one!
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Hi +Zain Khan​
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Now, don't get too excited, but I'm thinking about setting up a new online marketplace only for self-published authors to sell and market their 'quality' books.

I've being working in this space for a little while now and the problem that readers keep telling me is, that they're all for supporting indie writers and buying self-published books, but believe that the question of 'quality' still remains elusive for the general self-pub community/industry. Consumers are generally 'time-poor' and they go for traditional over self-pub because there is some guarantee of quality.

Before I even think about investing money and time in trying to break through the current stigmas associated with self-pub, I want to know whether you (as a writer contemplating self-pub) would use and 'support' such a marketplace, knowing that their's Lulu, Amazon and Barnes and Noble etc etc down the road. 
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I'm thinking about an online marketplace where authors who are interested in selling their self-published books can do so on the platform by setting up their own mini online shop like 'eBay'. The standout value proposition is that the marketplace only includes 'quality' self-published works. The platform will automatically pull in existing book reviews that authors have from other places like Amazon, Google, or Goodreads - but of course for authors who are very new and have never published before, there would be the usual function of allowing new readers and bloggers to provide reviews of the book - on the condition that the book averages good reviews over a period of months in order to comply with the 'quality' requirement. The platform will allow authors to add specific detail about their book ie. degree of action, romance, who the book would likely appeal to (to help attract the right match in readers to their book) The platform will also not limit readers from purchasing directly from the marketplace but will cost compare with other places that the author is selling their book on like Amazon etc and allow readers to choose where they want to buy the book (either directly from the author via the marketplace or from other sellers such as Amazon etc). I don't intend to charge the first 1000 authors who want to be ambassadors and early adopters of the new marketplace any commission on sales for a period of 3 years (so whatever they sell, they keep). Commission scales after the 3 years will beat whatever the lowest commission is in the market at that time for another period of 3 years. As for quality - unfortunately for now all I can come up with a screening process where authors will need to supply a copy of their manuscript or book and statement answering questions that work toward determining the quality of the book for my team to review and make an assessment about before inviting the author to start a mini-shop on the marketplace. I envisage that for books that do not meet our quality standards, we'll provide a list of conditions (ie. get the book re-edited etc) before reapplying to sell on the marketplace. So, these are my thoughts for now. What do you think?
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I love this! Moving #art  at its best :-)
In celebration of World Book Day (today!) 7UP commissioned Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff to construct one of his famous book tanks. In this case he began with a stripped down 1979 Ford Falcon which he used to build a new roving library on wheels with an exterior framework capable of carrying 90
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My first reaction to buying textbooks is gasp. Then, bite your tongue and just get the thing. Here in Australia textbooks are usually $100+AUD. However, put into broader context - best selling novels of around 100000 words are $25AUD, textbooks can be 2 to 3 times as large in volume and usually co-authored by people who've spent decades accumulating knowledge and experience on a given topic. So, I think, maybe I'm not seeing the bigger picture when I whinge about the price, and regarding the particular issue of copyright, there may be reason for being protective of copyright (from the author's perspective).

Choice and the educational system aside, I think the legal arguments raised by the case of Boundless are interesting and the work of very clever lawyers. Can you or should you protect the "systematic presentation of a progression of ideas and ... the look and feel of that presentation"?  

Because the Boundless case settled out of court, we won't know unless another Boundless-like challenge can take it all the way. However, I would have liked to see this go further as it really could have shaken things up a little.
Boundless Textbooks used to offer free alternatives to popular and expensive college texts, using information available on the open Web. Then came the inevitable lawsuit, and an out-of-court settle...
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Wow! That's too expensive ...
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Beautiful, thank you.
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I've been thinking the same thing. With the new digital and information world - things need a shake up. If you were the first #CEO of the world what would your first move be?
Do our democracies need to be updated? Image source: Intelligenthq   I often wonder, “Do our democracies need to be updated?” That I raise this questi
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Was at the Launch of the CBR Innovation Network today. Packed house. Chief Minister made a speech and so did the interim CEO (Dr Sarah Pearson). Live stream to NZ. $1.25M committed. Transforming the #Canberra #innovation lanscape :-) Well done to all involved. #cbrin #cbr
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oui, super!
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    Innovation Manager, 2013 - present
    Managing the launch of the Innovation Hub across the ACT Government, and a portfolio of innovations within key practice areas.
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I am dedicated to the pursuit of innovation in all areas of life, in all industries, in all countries. At present my focus is on innovation in the public sector, and the publishing and fashion industries.
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  • RMIT University
    Business, 2011 - present
    Executive MBA
  • Australian National University
    Law, 2005 - 2009
    Masters of Law (Legal Practice)
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