Introducing Sip Reads

October 02, 2019

I’ve been working on something new with fellow maker Ali Salah for the past two months. It’s called Sipreads, and it’s a website where we publish our key takeaways from non-fiction books we read. We are officially launching soon but you can already subscribe to our mailing list.

It’s the first time I’m co-making an indie product. I’ve just been contributing to the content so far. It was Ali’s idea, and he also implemented the website and set up the social accounts (Twitter + Instagram). Our business model is entirely focused on Amazon affiliate marketing: if people are interested in reading the full book we read, they can follow a link and buy it, we receive a commission for every book being sold through our website.

I immediately agreed to the opportunity because 1) I like Ali’s work and 2) proactive reading is mandatory to become a better writer, so I might as well share what I learn. We just agreed to split the revenues 50/50, and we just contribute as much as we can without pressuring ourselves. The only rule is that we have to complete at least one book per month and upload the notes to the Github repository. The notes are formatted in Markdown and parsed by Gatsby, a static file generator. It takes $0 to host on Netlify. Ali just bought a domain name and we were good to go.

Don’t hesitate to send me feedback :)