Book View Café Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Book View Café?

Book View Café is a cooperative publisher. Our members are professional writers who want to use the Internet to reach a wider audience and distribute their work directly to readers.

This excellent interview at Vulpes Libres gives a detailed look at how BVC operates.

Where are you located?

Our cooperative has members all over the world. Our corporate headquarters are in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Is Book View Café a publisher?

Yes, we’re an author-owned publishing cooperative.  We only publish work by our members.  (See “How can I become a member of Book View Café?”)

Can I submit a book to Book View Café?

No. Manuscripts sent to us will not be read or returned. Book View Café offers only books by BVC members.

How can I become a member of Book View Café?

Membership in Book View Café is limited to authors who have been published by traditional, advance-and-royalty paying print publishers. Members are expected to volunteer for work that’s appropriate to their skills. Candidates must be approved by a majority of the current membership. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, feel free to contact our membership liaison: [email protected]

This excellent interview at Vulpes Libres gives a detailed look at how BVC operates and what we look for in new member candidates.

Who are the Book View Café members?

The members of Book View Café are all professional writers, representing the broad diversity of popular fiction. To see our membership, use the BVC Authors link in the top menu.

Why did you decide to start Book View Café?

To provide you with access to our work in electronic form, to give you a wider selection of fiction from some of your favorite authors than you’ve had before, and to provide us a more direct link with our readers.

When did you start Book View Café?

We went live in November 2008. You can read an article at the Guardian’s Books blog about the launch.

Can I buy books at Book View Café?

Yes. The ebook might be the author’s work brought back into print, or new work available exclusively from BVC. Use the top menu to browse authors and genres, or use the SEARCH field.

How does the BVC eBookstore work?

Add as many books as you want to your shopping cart. When you’re ready to buy, click the “checkout” link on your shopping cart. (There’s another checkout link on the top navigation bar, and also at the top of the right-hand sidebar.) You’ll see a list of the items you’re about to purchase. Next click the yellow “Checkout with PayPal” button.

You’ll be taken to PayPal to complete the payment process. Clicking the PayPal button allows you to pay via PayPal or credit/debit card. You do not need a PayPal account to buy BVC ebooks.

When you return to the Café, you’ll see a receipt page. Look for the DOWNLOAD links. There will be one for each book that you bought. Click the DOWNLOAD link to save your ebook file. Be sure to download all your books.

You’ll get a copy of your receipt in email. Please save it, as it will allow you to come back to BVC to re-download your books.

What ebook formats do you offer?

EPUB and MOBI. Some books are also available as PDFs. The B&N Nook, the Sony eReader, and many other devices use the EPUB format, while the Kindle uses MOBI. Most computers can display PDFs. Several ebook display apps are available for computers and smart phones. Please see “Reading BVC Ebooks.”

Can you take credit cards?

We accept all major credit cards. You do not need a PayPal account to buy our books.

What can I do with the stories I read or purchase at Book View Café?

Purchase our ebooks.
Read our Free Fiction.
Link to this page or any internal page.
Pass the word among your friends.
Download and/or print stories or chapters out for your own ease of reading.
Join in the discussions of the work in the Book View Café blog.

What can’t I do with the stories I read or purchase at Book View Café?

Copy or upload any of the work to another website, sell it, alter it, and/or pass it off as your own. All authors represented here absolutely retain all rights to their work unless otherwise specified in writing by the author.

What am I buying when I purchase a BVC ebook?

You’re buying access to the ebook of the work, for your own personal use.

What am I not buying when I purchase a BVC ebook?

You are not buying the right to post the story elsewhere on the Internet, or to chop and change the text and/or put your name on it. You also may not resell the file.

We don’t want to use DRM (Digital Rights Management: copy protection), which none of us like, so we’re choosing to trust our readers. However, if any of the above happens too much, we are not going to be able to afford to continue this service.