Almost six years ago, in the summer of 2014, we set out to create a market place for second hand ebooks. We believed our platform would encourage readers to read more ebooks and to help authors earn more and help them in their battle against illegal ebook copies.
Along the way, after having to perform no fewer than six pivots in our business model, we developed a super stable, completely unattended running platform serving our more than 10K customers with an automatic onboarding, sell and resell of their ebooks. We’re proud of the product we built, but even more so, we’re grateful for the community of readers that made it grow. Together we covered uncharted legal grounds of second hand ebooks and the publishing world from all over the globe followed our steps closely to see what our adventure would bring.
Tom Kabinet’s story ends here. The recent ruling of Court of Justice of the European Union gave us too little room to follow our current path and up and until today the publishers refused to work with us in finding true innovative ways for ebook readers and authors to fully embrace and enjoy all possibilities and extra earnings ebooks have to offer. Many challenges in the world of ebooks remain unsolved, and we failed to create a sustainable way of reselling ebooks. For this, we’re deeply sorry. We considered every option before making the difficult decision to end the product that brought us together.
As of today, it is no longer possible to create a new account or donate ebooks in return for credits, and on February 15, 2020, the Tom Kabinet platform will no longer be available. Until 24:00 hrs on February 14, 2020 all of the ebooks you bought at Tom Kabinet will be available for you to download.
Tom Kabinet’s team members all have new opportunities to pursue in their professional and personal lives and we all look back at six exciting, challenging, and wonderful years together. We’re all delighted to have worked in this talented team on this innovative opportunity.
Thank you for the trust you’ve put in use and for all the ebooks you bought, read, resold or donated for your fellow readers to read. It has been a privilege to have tried creating this new market of second hand ebooks together.
Tom, Marc & the Tom Kabinet team
© 2020 Tom Kabinet