QOOP's Social Commerce Network Offers Free Stores for Photographers, Artists, Authors and Publishers

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QOOP.com is a free social commerce network for artists, authors, photographers, designers, stock image libraries, publishers, and document libraries. QOOP's new site includes a community galleria and tools to set up and share online storefronts anywhere on the web. The company recently launched the new QOOP website and is rapidly adding user generated stores for individuals and publishers looking for simple ways to monetize their digital content. From a single digital image listing, artists and photographers can offer for sale a variety of stock license rights, image downloads and on-demand products such as prints, framed prints, greeting cards, photo books and gifts. From a single digital document listing, authors or publishers can offer pdf ebooks and print-on-demand books with a range of binding types, including stapled corner, saddle stitch, perfect bound paperback, wire-o, and smythe-sewn laminated or dust-jacketed hardback.

We wanted to provide stores they can easily share to their own sites and listings to easily put out-of-print and backlist titles back in print. We don't believe authors and publishers should pay to maintain listings with us. We're more like a front-end retailer than a production house, but a retailer that does not take a large cut of the profit.

QOOP's new website gives artists, authors, photographers, designers, and publishers a simple way to monetize their digital content with free online stores and tools to create sales listings from digital content. Three types of listings can be created in a store: Image Listings for single images based on digital photography, art , or graphic design; Document Listings for books, articles, manuals, brochures, reports and other writings; Photo Product Listings for photo books, designer posters, mini photo books, and other creation made with the suite of design tools provided by QOOP for compiling and creating with digital images.

QOOP.com is the place to set up shop and start selling your images and documents. In addition to listings within the QOOP Galleria and automatic feeds to web search, QOOP stores are rapidly evolving to include more customization features and tools to share whole stores to other websites. The QOOP Store Widget can be deployed in either a landscape or portrait orientation for blogs, newsletters, and websites looking for compact way to display a variety of images or documents for sale through a dynamic feed. The widget dynamically rotates the images from the user's store in a random selection and when buyers click on the image they pop into the sales listing on QOOP.

QOOP has extensive experience handling consumer photo printing through online store partnerships with over 100 photo sites and social networks, including flickr, facebook, Webshots, and Photobucket. "We learned a great deal about what photo sites and social networks do well and what they don't want to do at all," said Phil Wessells, CEO of QOOP. "Image listings and photo product listings with user enable product and royalty choices was one of the leading requests we heard from users," added Wessells, "The other thing was stores that easily share to other websites."

"We provide simple tools to directly upload images to QOOP or import images from flickr with associated titles, tags, descriptions, and EXIF data so you don't have to repeat all the effort already put into properly describing your images. It just takes a few steps from there. You choose the products you want to sell, set your royalties, and you're all set. Your stores live on QOOP, and your listings are easily discovered by searches on Google, Yahoo, and Live.com. It's a great way to get started making some money on your images," said Tin Hoang, QOOP's Art Director.

Famous Swiss photographer, Jean-Michel Addor found QOOP through flickr. "I've been lazy about selling my images online, but QOOP's set up was so easy I suddenly found myself with a store full of 500 for my favorite images and all I did was sign up and set my royalties and start importing," commented Addor, "It was really that easy."
QOOP's document listings are unique. From a single file upload, document listings can include a number of different digital and print-on-demand form factors. The author or publisher can let their buying audience decide how they want to buy it. Different price points can be set for eBooks, wire-o binding, perfect bound paperbacks, laminated hardbacks, and cloth-covered dust-jacketed hardbacks and for black and white or color internal printing. It's easy to modify or replace internal files and cover files at any time if you do additional editing. It's free to set up listings and store documents on QOOP.

"We've been handling print-on-demand for publishers such as Take Control, O'Reilly Media, and Rice University Press for years now," added Joey King, President of QOOP, "We wanted to provide stores they can easily share to their own sites and listings to easily put out-of-print and backlist titles back in print. We don't believe authors and publishers should pay to maintain listings with us. We're more like a front-end retailer than a production house, but a retailer that does not take a large cut of the profit."

When Rice University decided to restart the Rice University Press they were looking to leverage new technologies to distribute their books. "QOOP offered us a great way to start generating revenue without up-front costs, and we've been able to bypass the traditional channels of distribution to our great benefit, both mentally and financially," said Fred Moody, Editor-in-Chief of Rice Press.
"We are in business to help our content owners make a living by selling their content," Wessells said. "We do the heavy lifting with our stores and listings, handling production, transactions, and customer service, so content owners have more time to concentrate on the creative aspects of their lives."

About QOOP
QOOP.com is the leading social commerce network for artists, photographers, designers, authors and publishers. Launched in 2005, QOOP empowers social commerce through digital content stores and product listings that are easily shared to other websites. The amplified distribution of stores and listings allows the social network to act at the traffic engine to drive greater marketing awareness and sales to store listings on QOOP. QOOP was founded in 2005 in Mill Valley, California.

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