Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Margin notes in ebooks | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Margin notes in ebooks | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics:
"Here’s the kicker: Rather than there just being one copy of that famous person’s notes, why not offer them for sale to anyone else who buys the ebook? I’d pay more to see Bill Gates’ notes on some of the books I’ve read. The idea is for thought leaders, celebrities, etc., to make handwritten notes in ebooks they read and sell them as an add-on. Like most rich/famous people, Bill doesn’t need the money, so he could donate it to his Foundation if he chooses to. There would be two versions of the ebook available: One without notes at the current (lower) price and one with the VIP notes at a slightly higher price."

A good idea so far as thinking as a way of monetizing margin notes. Of course people with no name recognition but intelligence, wit, and time on their hands could be building the best sets of margin notes. These people need to find a way to get a piece of the margin notes money.