The e-books that also referred to as e-journals, e-editions, eBooks, e-books, or digital books. Before hitting an Ebook App Development, let us have a brief history of the e-book concept.
As stated by Wikipedia, the concept of an e-reader emerged first in 1930 and invented in 1971 by American writer Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg (oldest digital library). The first e-reader was “The Rocket eBook,” introduced around 1998, that used an LCD screen and stored up to ten e-books.
The Rocket eBook, the first commercial e-reader, could not gain enough public acceptance. In 2006, Sony came up with Sony Reader, followed by Amazon Kindle. In 2010 Amazon online bookseller reported e-books sales outnumbered sales of hardcover books, and by 2011 it surpassed its paperback sales in the U.S.
Time-by-time, the amount of e-book reading is increasing, and the reason being, increasing the sale of smartphones and tablets. Besides, people find buying e-books is reasonable, and it increases comfort as they can buy, read on the go with mobile devices. Bookmarking, annotate pages, search for any book by keywords, etc., handy features hook readers on the ebook reader app.
Type of eBook apps
Mainly, two types of ebook reader apps are there, and there is a subtle difference between both of them from a user perspective. However, you have to opt for one before starting the Ebook Reading App Development.
Actual ebook reading app
It is a real reader app that allows you to read books in digital formats, including PDF, EPUB, or FB2. The app synchronizes your library and lets you read, highlight, bookmark, and annotate. Moon+ Reader, FBReader, Cool Reader, is the best example of ebook reader apps.
App for online ebook stores
This one is amiable for bookseller whose products include digital copies of books. As an example, Amazon Kindle, NOOK by Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, Apple Books, etc. The app lets you choose, download, or stream an ebook from their library on your mobile device.
When you contact an On-demand App development or research on how to build an ebook app, you will notice how the type of app impacts. It decides the app development focus, targeted market, the features, functionality, and revenue model.
Start the development journey
For a steadfast development journey of your ebook app, it is advisable to opt for a one-page business model, Lean Canvas. It consists of vital information and enables entrepreneurs to create a workable business model for the app by organizing essential data.
Worth mentioning if you are an author or publisher and want to develop an ebook app like Kindle, the Lean Canvas will look different than an ebook reader app’s Lean Canvas. Both the type of apps have both drawbacks and benefits and require research accordingly.
Here we have penned several essential research points to creating an ebook app like Kindle, so let’s get started!
The niche that excites you
When you are setting up your ebook store, you do not have a wide audience. Hence, choose one single potential niche that can captivate many bookworms. Define the niche that tickles your fancy. It can include different genres, from comic books to romance and mystery, thriller, drama, adventure, etc.
Opt for a cool niche defined by genre, theme, setting, the ethnicity of authors, etc. The potential niche will help you to grow your app's reader community, and thereby you can focus on multiple niches gradually.
Create reader personas
The app needs to define its target audience to implement the right marketing strategies. And to find out the target audience for an ebook app is more complicated than the other mobile apps. Not only teens read comics, not only adults read romantics, not all people like historical fiction; some may like literary fiction or fantasy.
So, when you are developing an ebook app like Kindle, conduct thorough research and strive to address the following questions.
How many bibliophiles preferred reading eBooks?
How often they read on the ebook reading app?
How much money can they spend on reading & buying books?
What other apps do they use to read?
How would you like your eBook app to make money for you?
Commonly, apps use a freemium model that offers a free app and allows users to make purchases from an in-built book store. Another is to provide a monthly/yearly subscription to allow users to read unlimited on the app.
While many ebook apps like Kindle uses a mixed revenue model to make the most out of the app. Kindle lets users read unlimited with the monthly subscription from its particular list of books and magazines. It also keeps traditionally selling books.
Note: If you are not selling your books, you will require to pay a royalty to the author.