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Subject: Cooking Recipes
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: neon_ray-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 21 Apr 2002 17:03 PDT
Expires: 28 Apr 2002 17:03 PDT
Question ID: 2525

Does it has a profitable perspective to sell Cooking Recipes e-books?

Thank you!
Subject: Re: Cooking Recipes
Answered By: skis4jc-ga on 23 Apr 2002 12:09 PDT
Dear Neon_Ray,

Thank you for your inquiry!

It seems that it does NOT have a profitable perspective to sell cooking recipe 
According to Investor's Business Daily, the total electronic-book market 
(including devices and titles) for the year 2000 registered a meager $34 
million.  Forrester Research estimates that over the next five years, the e-
book and e-book device market will only fetch a commiserable $251 million.  
Based on article available at,  "Publishers are expecting 
trade e-book sales that won't materialize," commented Daniel P. O'Brien, the 
senior analyst at Forrester responsible for the report. "The drawbacks of 
reading onscreen will discourage all but the most motivated readers."  To read 
more of this article, visit:
E-books at the Lake:,1,2,1,1001,01.html

It seems that the largest or only sector of ebooks to see any sort of a profit 
looks to be those whose target audience is in academia, i.e., schools, 
universities, etc.  Because generally cooking is not taught in any public 
schools and only a few universities might offer cooking classes, they're 
probably not going to fit that nitch in the market.

One of the main reasons why e-books have little profitability is because there 
are already many free e-books available to download off the web.  Some sites 
with free e-books include: 

EbookJungle – Search for e-books, many free:
E-book store:
Free e-books – Over 20,000 downloads

Another main reason why there is not a profitable perspective to sell cooking 
recipe e-books is because there are already many websites where one can get 
free cooking recipes. As some Commenter's below noted, it might be possible to 
make a profit if the cooking recipe ebook is exceptionally good, highly 
detailed, with a very specific target market. However, I was able to find MANY 
good, detailed recipes for unique foods for free using the Internet:

The Low Fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive
Free Gourmet Recipes – Cooking Delicious Meals
Cookie Recipes
Allergy-Free Recipes
Free Thai Food Recipes

If you are still willing to give it a go and would like to optimistically 
tackle the cooking recipe e-book market, here is a good site where you can buy 
books on how to make profits from the Internet:

E-books on promotion and affiliate programs

Also, for a free newsletter on making a profit using the Internet, see:

Internet Market Profit Tips Newsletter

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Good Luck in whichever you choose!

Best Regards,
Subject: Re: Cooking Recipes
From: kuleli-ga on 21 Apr 2002 17:56 PDT

I am the editor of a food site by the name of Biggmenu on Turkish Cuisine. The 
site is serving both in English and Turkish. It seems that there are a lot 
recipes around on the web yet when it comes to real cooking most of those 
recipes lack exact measures and thus results in users' complaints. If e books 
are good and written by real masters then i am sure there is a lot of financial 
prospect for that..

Subject: Re: Cooking Recipes
From: missy-ga on 21 Apr 2002 21:15 PDT
I think it really depends on the kind of cookbook you have in mind.  Normal 
everyday recipes will probably not do as brisk of a business as things that are 
specialized or out of the ordinary.

My sister and I maintain an eclectic recipe site, and many of our users request 
specialty dishes to impress friends or visiting relatives.  They want things 
they cannot find in the Betty Crocker cookbooks.  It's important to offer 
recipes that are easy to prepare, but result in a dish that looks like it took 
hours, and absolutely critical that you provide exact measurements and clear, 
step by step instructions.  Conversion tables (metric to English) are also 
helpful, and would give you the opportunity to reach a wider audience.

Good luck!
Subject: Re: Cooking Recipes
From: lesta-ga on 23 Apr 2002 01:06 PDT
If u want to sell a book look at:
Guaranteed Proofreading Services LLC .
E-mail me at for more information on e-marketing because I have a 
license in this domain.
Subject: Re: Cooking Recipes
From: jsjxyz-ga on 23 Apr 2002 22:40 PDT
This is a tricky question and has to be answered from entrepreneur spirits.
I agree 100% it will be hard to sell recipee ebooks since there is so many free 
recipes ebooks, and think of bringing your $500 PDA in to the kitchen, that 
will be not a good idea at all.

However, you must do extra steps to make the recipes become more useful.
Take examples:
Ace Bartender for Pocket PC
It allows users to list what ingridents they have on hand, then the recipes 
program will suggesting possibles drinks that can be mixed.

Same things will be nice if your recipes ebooks are using this kind of program, 
that makes people wants to buy it.

Cookin', steamin', relaxin'

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