WebBytez Goes Live With Online Bookstore

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Bitingduck Press/Boson Books offers all merchants a way to get credit for e-book sales with custom QR codes--no upfront costs and no inventory!

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Sell e-books anywhere, even without a cash register

Less than a year old, Altadena publisher Bitingduck Press has already partnered with one of the Web's very first e-publishers and offers a full catalog of fiction and non-fiction for scientists, science fans, and geeks of all ages. Its founders, all University of Minnesota Physics alumni, now offer WebBytez: it's a new way of selling e-books anywhere that can be used by publishers, brick & mortar bookstores, coffeeshops, or just about anyone.

The way WebBytez works is easy. A QR code is printed onto the back of a postcard featuring a specific book. The QR code may be customized to any merchant who is signed up to be a partner. The postcards are free, so a customer can take one from any merchant-- it doesn't even have to be someplace with a cash register. Once the customer scans the QR code, the purchase is made directly through the Bitingduck Press webstore, which gives the merchant credit for the sale. Because the cards have no value, there is no hassle for retailers: no upfront costs and no inventory. The webstore went live on September 15, 2012 and is now open for book sales and partnerships with retailers of all kinds. All that's needed is a spot to display some postcards--the full catalog or one or more books chosen by the merchant.

All Bitingduck Press books are offered DRM-free, most in all e-book formats: Kindle (mobi), Nook (epub), and pdf. The press specializes in difficult-to-format e-books, including those with large numbers of detailed images, tables, or mathematics. Five titles will be released in Fall, 2 fiction and 3 non-fiction. The press's catalogs are complete through Fall 2013, though submissions are still being accepted for Spring 2014, with a particular interest in fiction about science or scientists.

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