Two things I want to ask you for:
- Feedback on my website prototype for writers. Please bash it!
- Feedback on an idea for a review economy
If you have time for either one or both of them I'd very much appreciate it!
While Booklers is only a prototype in its infancy, I want to do things right from the start. I've seen plenty of authors struggle with finding good reviews or review partners, and on other websites I observe that some texts get all the attention and most others get zero. I want to steer against that with a review economy on Booklers:
- Per default, your book can be downloaded for 0 points.
- Plenty of public domain books will also cost 0 points.
- Each new user gets a starting capital of 10 points
- Each user can review books, each writer can request reviews
- A review has to be accepted and rated by an author. The user gets points based on the author's rating of his review and the review size/quantity (e.g. 0 to 10 per 3 corrections/comments and per A4 page, with average 3 points)
- An author can charge points for book downloads, yet of course this will result in fewer views.
- An author can spend his points for point bounties on reviews. The first accepted review will get the bounty.
- There will be achievements & website priviledges for point hunters
A similar system already works well e.g. in coding, at Stackoverflow.com.
Users not logged in will have books suggested that are "free of charge" points-wise. That would be another downside of charging points for your works.
What do you think? Could it work? And most importantly, would you put your work into such an economy?
Thanks, and have a nice day!