Last week, I attended the launch of Flipreads.com, the first eBookstore in the Philippines. Thank you to fellow Filipino book blogger and Flipside Managing Editor, Honey of Coffeespoons, for inviting me. Flipreads makes it easier for local and international readers to get copies of ebooks written by Filipino authors. Some of the titles that I’m interested in getting from Flipreads: High Society by Hannah Buena and Paolo Chikiamco, Geek Tragedies by Carljoe Javier, Astigirl by Tweet Sering and maybe even Surgeons Do Not Cry by Jose Tiongco. Drop by the site and browse through the titles, see if anything interests you. Congrats, Flipreads! 🙂
Flipreads.com is owned and developed by Flipside Publishing Services, a sister company of Flipside Digital Content. Flipside Digital Content, previously just a conversion house catering to four of the top six international publishers, is responsible for publishing and co-publishing more than 70 Filipino and Asian eBooks on Amazon, Apple iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble just in its first six months of operation. Most of these international eBookstores, however, are not available to the local populace. Filipinos can only buy from Amazon, albeit with an added cost of $2 per book.
Now, Flipside is making eBooks more accessible especially for Filipinos through Flipreads.com. Readers can download eBooks onto their Apple or Android devices. They can even download it onto their PCs or Macs. Whereas before, Filipinos could only buy eBooks legitimately if they had credit cards, but with Flipreads, they may use other payment gateways such as CashSense and, in the near future, Globe GCash, and Smart Money.
Flipreads also hopes to provide a venue to publishers and authors to bring previously out-of-print titles back into circulation. Since everything is online, these titles will also be available to an international market.