I made it short (9 questions only), first, because surveymonkey allows you to only have 10 questions with basic account, and second, because, I don't think a lot of people would respond to longer survey...
This is preliminary research to get to know the audience, their tastes and demands which will allow me to continue with the research and building the service.
I have already got 7 responses, I will close the survey on Friday. We'll see what the results will be :)
What: I will study the publishing market in the Ukraine as long
as the quantity of books published per year along with the quantity of new
authors. I will also do marketing research to study the demands of potential
Why: I think the project is important, as it will give opportunity to
people easily and inexpensively publish and distribute their work
How: Taking into consideration the challenges (the distance and shortage of time), I will mainly use surveys and interviewswhich I will conduct using Internet Sample survey questions: 1. Do you write feature
stories, novels, poetry etc.? (if yes, what exactly) 2. Would you use the self-publishing website? (if no, why) 3. Would you use it as a reader? A writer? Both? 4. If you would use it as a reader, what type of books
would you buy? 5. What price of book would you consider acceptable
for you to buy? (price for a book, for a brochure, for a book on go
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My concept is to develop a self-publishing website where users will be
able to create, design, publish and distribute printed content created
by themselves (books, photo-albums etc.).
The goal is to provide a website where people will be able to publish
their work and to distribute it. The website will be interactive so
that authors could get feedback on their books.
Choice of media
The media I will use are Internet (on the first stage) and
books/printed materials (on the second stage). Initially I will design
the website only, but eventually I will have to design some possible
layouts for books, book covers, so that users could use them when
creating their publishing material.
Ideas of exploration
Mainly I will explore by interviewing and making surveys with target audience.
My first target audience are mainly young people (17-35) living in the
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When I first got to know what self-publishing is and how it works, I decided to incorporate that idea in my home country. That would not only help some people to publish their works and ideas, but I believe it would help publishing of academic and educational literature (it's a problem to publish something for professors there because of bureaucracy).
I would start my project as a self-publishing website (which will publish and distribute), but later on (depending on its popularity and demand) I would add social networking feature there (so that writers could communicate with the readers etc.)
Actually, there won't be any straight competitors as there is no self-publishing websites in the Ukraine.
As for similar projects, one of my favorites is www.lulu.com (it's also the most user-friendly to my mind). Some other projects: http://outskirtspress.com https://www.createspace.com http://www.selfpublishing.com
Though at first (while first promoting the
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- Nature - Art-house and independent movies - Beautiful pictures (http://www.chromasia.com - website of one of my favorites photographers) - Beautiful shots in the movies - Different cultures - Philosophical parables and interesting stories (for example, this one ... Read more »
It's so weird that all text messages has the same price - 6 cents... Those which tell "I love you", "I don't want to see you any more", "I don't care", "she died", "please, buy yogurt and bananas"... and all the others... All have the same price... It's so weird...