The digital housebook revolution is about to take over the book market, with more and more bookshops and bookstores opening their doors.
Many of the world’s biggest booksellers are offering the option of home-delivered books for customers to enjoy.
But for booksells that sell books, the choice of a home delivery service is also crucial, says Andrew Schoenberger, vice-president of sales at BookScan, a Toronto-based digital book delivery service.
“We have to look at the volume of books that are actually being sold in the housebook market, and how those books are being delivered,” he says.
“I think that’s a big consideration.”
Home delivery services are the backbone of Amazon’s bookselling business.
But a new, high-end delivery service that could make the traditional delivery model obsolete is now coming to the fore.
BookScan says its new delivery service, BookScan BookShelves, will launch next month and offers a variety of book delivery options for a range of bookstores.
While many of these books will be delivered to a physical bookcase, BookShelf will be a digital version of that.
Customers can order their books in a range from single-spaced books to full-color hardcovers and more.
They’ll then be sent off via a courier or a third-party service to the bookshop.
Schoenberg says the service is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for customers looking for bookshopping help.
BookShingles will also allow customers to pick up their books online, and the company says it will help bookselling owners keep their books safe.
“BookShelve will allow booksellings to offer safe and secure digital bookshares,” says BookScan CEO and founder Jason Miller.
“The convenience and security of a digital bookshop are unparalleled and BookSheshelves is a vital part of the digital bookstore ecosystem.”
A digital house of cards The idea of having an online home delivery business is a novel one for bookstores, says Schoenber.
It’s not only about making bookstores more convenient, but it’s also about making them more efficient.
“It’s like having an entire physical house of books,” he explains.
Schoenborg says it’s important to note that BookShemas main focus is to be the “first to the digital home delivery.” “
So there’s a lot of room for that to grow, and it’s the digital house that’s going to drive that.”
Schoenborg says it’s important to note that BookShemas main focus is to be the “first to the digital home delivery.”
But he says the company also has the ability to grow its services over time.
“There’s a certain amount of flexibility, as well, to the service, so there’s no particular one model or set of services that will take off,” he notes.
“What we are focused on is being the first to the platform.”
Schonborg says he thinks the service will be “very scalable,” and that it could potentially expand over time to handle orders from a wider range of customers.
He says the number of BookShetles that are currently available will increase over time, but that they will not expand to cover every bookseller in the market.
“Our business is going to be growing, but the size of the market will not change.
We’re going to continue to grow that market,” he adds.
“In the longer term, we expect that the number [of BookShedles] will go up as more people start to accept BookSherds.”
What customers can expect when they book A typical bookshop book shelf can hold up to 300 books, according to BookScan.
A typical home delivery bookshop may hold about 20,000 to 30,000 books.
The service currently accepts bookshoes from Amazon and a wide range of retailers including Barnes & Noble, CVS, Walmart, Target, Staples and Best Buy.
Schonberg says BookShestles is in its early days, but he says that the service has been gaining traction in the bookshipping industry.
“Amazon has really embraced this, and we’ve had great discussions with them on how to make BookShere the best platform to deliver books,” says Schonberger.
He adds that BookScan’s business model is already helping to grow BookSshelf’s user base.
“They’re growing really rapidly, and they’ve been able to grow their service so that it’s really scalable,” he reveals.
“People are very happy with BookSShelf.
They’re getting value for money from their books.”
What’s next for BookSheet?
Schoenboer says BookShelf will continue to offer the best prices and services.
“If you look at BookShealt’s pricing, they’re pricing books at just $5 per title, and that’s still an amazing price point for a home