Would you like to become an author? BoldBooks help writers to fulfill their dreams! We collect the services you need in one place. By self-publishing the book you retain: 1. The rights to the book 2. Control over the book project 3. A much larger share of the revenue.
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Team

Ole Kristian Rønningen

Daglig leder / Managing director

Bjarte Kvalheim

Tech Manager

Further Information

Why should the book industry be modernized?

Hi, I'm Kristin Over-Rein is the founder of BoldBooks AS. The aim is to modernize the publication of books in Norway. Our web platform will be launched during 2017.

Norwegian society is infused by the idea that one needs a publishing house to publish a book. This means that:
- 99 % of debutants will be rejected (6000 manuscript submitted to Norwegian publishers each year)
- Presumed authors must wait until the release fits into the schedule of the publishing house
- Mostly just bestsellers are being marketed
- The author is left with only 15 % of the revenues

In other areas, we see that the digitization causes the intermediaries to disappear. For example, "Sell your property yourself", without using a broker. In the music industry several artists choosed to release their music without a record company. Web platforms creates direct contact between the seller and the buyer - or in our case, between the author and the reader.

Self-published authors make it big, especially in the English-language market. Now the time has come to rethink the Norwegian book industry as well. Later we are aiming for the other Nordic countries.

An idea based on personal experiences

The idea for BoldBooks occurred while I was writing the book "Gi ut din egen e-bok" (Publish your own ebook). Against all odds this self-publishing guide appeared on the bestseller list already during the lauch week.

Working on my book I got in touch with other Norwegian indie authors. Internationally we can see a growing trend, particularly in the US, where indie authors make it big on Amazon.

This triggered some thoughts. Could the process of publishing your own book be improved and simplified? What about a service that will release more time for writing, while providing high-quality books? A business idea began to take shape.

A dream team

CEO of technology company DocStream AS, Ole Kristian Rønningen and web developer Bjarte Kvalheim lit on my idea. They would build a web platform where guidance and services for book publications should be made available to writers in general.

Together we founded BoldBooks AS. Now Ole Kristian and Bjarte are part of dream team at BoldBooks, where they bring their expertice in online book publishing. We are proud of our team, which has expertise in IT development, production, marketing and business, not to mention the book industry.

Together, we have put down many hours of unpaid work in planning and contact with authors. Now we have a good picture of what the authors want, and are in the process of developing the site.

The book industry is changing

The great divide in today's publishing industry is not between traditional publishing and self-publishing, but between professional and unprofessional publishing. The readers do not care about who the publisher is.

There is a persistent myth that you need a publishing house to publish a book. What an indie writer needs is the services and tools that a publisher offers. Content, language, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing are elements that must be in place, and all this you can arrange through BoldBooks. It requires effort. The reward is control of the process, title, price and release date.

Get your book out into the world

The book industry is about to move back to the core - the book, the author and the reader - here's where the magic occurs. The focus should therefore be here. In BoldBooks you as a writer has the hand on the wheel. You retain the rights to the book as well as most of the revenue.

BoldBooks provides access to essential services as editor, copyediting, proofreading and cover design. Our platform focuses on ease of use and efficient working methods. BoldBooks also assists with tools, services and advice/help for your book to reach out to readers.

The book is stored in the cloud. It is automatically backed up and get proper formatting. By a few keystrokes, the ebook is produced and readers can buy it from your website at BoldBooks.

Many book readers still prefer to read on paper - therefore we also offer services in printing, sale and distribution of paper books.

By partnering with BoldBooks your book will be able to compete on equal terms with traditionally published books, while you do not lose valuable writing time.

Authors' dreams are our dreams

BoldBooks has worked closely with writers since inception. A large test panel of writers have given us feedback through interviews, seminars, forum discussions, surveys and practical tests. We are therefore confident that we are on the right path.

We know that authors particularly want:
- An overview of tools and services
- Skillful sparring partners who accompany them in the process
- Easier and more affordable printing and distribution of books
- Reaching out to more readers

These wishes are what we want to facilitate in the web platform. We will start with the most important issues and expand gradually. Dialogue with authors will continue to be our main guiding line.

We want to create a greater diversity of books and voices in Norway! Are you with us?

How you can help

There are several reasons why BoldBooks want to try crowdfunding. All have something to do with "the power of the crowd" - together we are strong. If the campaign is spread out to people in everywhere in Norway, we believe that:

1. More people will open their eyes to that it is possible to publish a book without a publishing house. Several brains thinks better than one, and we want valuable input from both the authors and collaborators.

2. We get response, and can develop BoldBooks further. More people will believe in our idea and aim for self-publishing. Crowdfunding is an effective way to test the market at an early stage.

3. So far we have worked for free, and BoldBooks currently has no income. But soon we will have expenses that must be paid. We have endeavored to manage to collect 75.000 Norwegian kroner (about 8.600 USD) during 22 days. If our campaign gets enough spread, reaches the right people who have faith in the idea, the goal should be achievable.

Use of money

If we do not succeed in collecting 75.000 NOK, all funders will get their money back.

At this stage our entrepreneurial company has reached a critical stage of development. We work for free and do not have any income in the company.

We need 75.000 NOK to cover expenses related to:
- The development of an online bookstore in BoldBooks.no
- Market place for editors, cover designers etc.
- System of financing of books through presales
- Web design

We need your help and support to realize the project!

Kristin & Co. thank you so much for all the assistance.

Spread the word - let us modernize the book industry together!

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