eBooks are getting a ton of attention and are seeing explosive growth rates in terms of demand in the bookselling world. Quarter over quarter and year over year, they are growing at rates of almost 200% amongst readers of all ages. Not only are there huge benefits for readers, there are exciting new no/low-cost publishing options with huge return potential. Under free programs such as Barnes & Noble’s Pubit!, Amazon’s Kindle Direct, and new eBook publishing businesses such as Smashwords.com; individuals and groups such as parishes can create a book in Word and upload their book to be available for sale within a few days to millions of readers.
How could you use this to raise funds? Pretty simple actually. For example, we are putting a project together right now in which we will solicit faith stories from parishioners and compile the stories into a book. We plan to use volunteers broken up into small groups for gathering contributions and editing, cover art, and a marketing/advertising group. Once the book is completed we’ll upload it, price it reasonably (less is more), and announce it to the world. The cost . . . nothing, and each sale can yield 65%-70% payout. You can theme this alot of different ways obviously such as a parish cook book.
There are other great benefits as well. One you are doing something as a community. You’re fundraising can be taken to a whole new level as purchasing power is expanded out to the entire country. You can use it as an educational opportunity for young people teaching them to properly use the technology. And since the book can be out there for many years with “out of print” not being an issue, the fundraising can take on a long-term aspect.
Here’s an eBook I created, uploaded, and was available for sale in less than 24 hours. Have fun!