E-book publishing marketplace BiblioCrunch goes freemium, adds concierge Q&A service

E-book publishing marketplace BiblioCrunch goes freemium, adds concierge Q&A service

E-book services startup BiblioCrunch got a brand new design and new features, the company announced today in an email to its users. While its Basic Option remains free, it is also introducing subscription plans.

As you may remember, BiblioCrunch relaunched last June as a marketplace that helps publishers and talent to connect and create professional e-books. At the time, we pointed out that while it was “straightforward to use, and pretty complete, (…) the platform itself could ironically use a better design.”

It seems that BiblioCrunch was also aware of this issue, as it is now unveiling a redesign to make “the interface sleeker and easier to use.” As you can see below, its new home page does look better – though we still aren’t fans of its fonts.

New looks aside, BiblioCrunch is now offering premium subscription plans to authors and book professionals. Although its basic option will remain free, some features will only be accessible to paid subscribers.

Premium features include BiblioCrunch’s Professional Directory and the newly launched Concierge Service, which allows users to ask publishing-related questions and get an answer within 24 hours.

BiblioCrunch also promises to help premium users with their launches through its Friday author promotions, which the company will promote via its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In addition, pro subscribers don’t have to pay a transaction fee for proposals they win, and will get discounts to attend publishing events such as meetups and conferences, BiblioCrunch says. According to the startup, its membership numbers have doubled have doubled since its June relaunch.

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