Locate Press is excited to introduce a new way we are making our books available to readers. VitalSource provides an online digital book reading platform with several perks that make it more flexible than a simple PDF.
While we continue to depend on our PDF sales heavily, this is one option that institutions may appreciate. With bulk pricing options, schools can license a number of copies of textbooks and virtually distribute them to their students. This is available through their bulk ordering system here.
There are also many pricing options available for timed access to a title we are reviewing. Currently we are using a “lifetime” access mode but are looking at making it possible to have 30, 60, 90 day access for students taking a particular course who won’t need the book forever and, hopefully, give it to them at a discounted rate.
This is still new for us and we have only put two test books into their system and used our usual basic pricing… so far. (Their “Save 80% on textbooks” does not apply to us at this point!) We would love your feedback on this option, especially for classrooms.
Are you already using VitalSource? Would you like more fine-grained access to content as well, e.g., buy a chapter, part of a book, or a convenient bundle of books? Share your feedback directly with us here.