Tomely (www.tomely.com), an ebookstore for independent publishers and authors, is set to launch today. Tomely has been designed specifically to facilitate direct transactions between readers and their favourite indie authors and publishers.
All ebooks sold through Tomely are DRM-free, and Tomely allows readers to easily load purchased books directly onto any of their favourite devices, or send them to social reading services like Readmill.
“Tomely is about building an ebookstore for what savvy readers and publishers want in 2013,” said Connor Tomas O’Brien, Lead Designer at Tomely. “There’s a place for the big mega-mall style online ebookstores, but what’s been missing is the digital equivalent of your friendly indie bookstore.”
Tomely provides publishers and authors with the ability to sell directly through their own existing websites, manage their own promotions using a flexible coupon-code generator, and easily send galley copies of books to reviewers. While other ebookstores can force publishers to wait weeks or months for payments to process, Tomely facilitates direct transactions between readers and publishers.
“Tomely seems to have all the bases covered for selling ebooks,” said Adam Robinson, Founding Editor of Publishing Genius Press.
“Instead of trying to create another ‘Walled Garden’, we want Tomely to work well with the devices and services readers and publishers already use,” said Fred Fan, Lead Developer at Tomely. “A reader can receive a discount from Tomely promoting a book on Twitter, read the book they’ve purchased from Tomely on Readmill, then share a readable preview of that book on Tumblr.”
One particularly interesting component of Tomely is the ‘Infinite Book’ (http://tomely.com/infinite-book), which generates an endless page full of random samples of text pulled from inside ebooks uploaded to Tomely. When it was launched last year, the Infinite Book was praised on the Oprah.com blog as “a lovely way to find a new book to read and a lovely way to think about reading.”