I've been participating in a lively discussion over at the e-books community group on yahoo's boards (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ebook-community/). It seems that we have uncovered a glaring hole in the software world:
Many authors are experimenting with self-publishing and the use of ebooks as a delivery method. Many of them are struggling with automatic delivery of the ebooks after payment. There are plenty of services that offer this, but all of them are pretty expensive--some charge $30 or more a month, others want as much as 15% of every sale. Some of the better open source shopping carts offer digital delivery, like zen-cart.com, but these are database systems aimed at stores with multiple (hundreds or thousands) products. It seems like overkill to install a whole mySQL/php setup just to sell one book, which is what most authors have.
I figured there must be a product out there that will do this, but in half an hour of googling, I found none that were affordable.
Does anyone out here want to take on the challenge of designing a simple, easy to use, easy to integrate shopping cart system that will do auto-delivery of books or other files post-sale, both directly from the author's page and via ebay, without a database? Seems like it shouldn't be that hard for the talent we have here! I can bet that it would be a top seller or drawer of new members to DC.
If I haven't been clear enough, let me know. I don't frequent the boards, so shoot me an email: [DELETED]