3 weeks ago
An online publishing system in a box
What is included in the sale ?
This site was created by someone else a few years ago and I have failed to find time to run and develop it as hoped. It's a clever system which enables readers to access online versions of PDF-based publications; and publishers to offer those publications, with the prospect of earning a share of subscriptions revenue. There are masses of features, including invoicing, a newsletter system, and all the subscription and revenue sharing management; readers can also save notes and highlights in articles/books they like, and so on. See the site's 'How it works' page for more details.
The name suggests being aimed at academic journals and so on, and it's great for that - but the site is fully customisable and as the sale includes the full rights to the code, it could be used for very different types of publishing too.
What is the technological stack ?
PHP and MySQL, with a couple of tools for processing PDFs, installed on the command line. It is currently running on a Ubuntu 16.04 server.
Which parts of the project are incomplete ?
None - before I took ownership the site was in active use by readers and publishers.
Do you have any traffic ?
None in the last two years - I was going to move the site to a new server but never had time, and in the end it has been down for that time. I have now got it all up and running properly, ready to use.
Why are you selling ?
I bought this as I work in publishing and had ideas for it but in the end I haven't had any time to spend on it at all. It's a clever piece of coding by the original creator and deserves a better owner than me!
How can the future owner turn the project into a business ?
The site/script already has a business model built in: selling subscriptions to access content supplied by publishers, and taking a share of that revenue.
Do Authors receive 70% of active user subscriptions income, or just the one-time publication orders?
Hi - yes, the idea is that 70% of total subs revenue is shared out between publishers according to how many active publications they each have.