A simple and intuitive tool for bookworms

A simple and intuitive tool for bookworms

Byblos

Concept

A French bookstore asked us if we had any innovative ideas about the book market. We took a close look to the market and here were our main discoveries:

  • Very big market (>2.5Bn € in sales in 2015) with more than 37m people reading more than 5 books /year (15m reads >20)
  • Strict price control law helps independent bookshops survive (more than 1.800 all over France)
  • Independent bookshops lack funds to compete digitally against behemoth such as amazon, fnac etc.
  • Customers love the experience in bookshops, and strive for an “Amazon killer” which failed to materialize
  • Big hurdle for customers & booksellers: finding the title or the author of the book that one wishes to buy…. Endless minutes in bookshop trying to find the book with a salesperson…

Why not create a “Shazam” for books:

You are suggested a book and you are interested? Find it on a vast database  that includes all books printed in the country and add it to your book wishlist. Use voice recognition, cover scan or just type to search; as your list grows you can order from your favorite bookshop and voilà!

Byblos

Concept

A French bookstore asked us if we had any innovative ideas about the book market. We took a close look to the market and here were our main discoveries:

  • Very big market (>2.5Bn € in sales in 2015) with more than 37m people reading more than 5 books /year (15m reads >20)
  • Strict price control law helps independent bookshops survive (more than 1.800 all over France)
  • Independent bookshops lack funds to compete digitally against behemoth such as amazon, fnac etc.
  • Customers love the experience in bookshops, and strive for an “Amazon killer” which failed to materialize
  • Big hurdle for customers & booksellers: finding the title or the author of the book that one wishes to buy…. Endless minutes in bookshop trying to find the book with a salesperson…

Why not create a “Shazam” for books:

You are suggested a book and you are interested? Find it on a vast database  that includes all books printed in the country and add it to your book wishlist. Use voice recognition, cover scan or just type to search; as your list grows you can order from your favorite bookshop and voilà!

Search & wishlist

We realized that this project was beyond a single customer and decided to build it as a separate project ourselves. This meant limited resources for a very ambitious project: prioritization for an MVP were critical. Although we thought of several features, we knew that we had to keep it simple.

Phase 1: Search & wishlist features only, followed closely by showing nearby bookshops to ask users if they are interested in ordering via the app.

Search & wishlist

We realized that this project was beyond a single customer and decided to realize it as a separate project ourselves. This meant limited resources for a very ambitious project: prioritization for an MVP were critical. Although we thought of several features, we knew that we had to keep it simple.

Phase 1: Search & wishlist features only, followed closely by showing nearby bookshops to ask users if they are interested in ordering via the app.

Wireframe

As we were advancing through the concept, we started to build screen details in concept mode for Phase 1 for budgeting & presentation purposes.. We explained our idea to various players with presentations and prototypes with these conceptual designs and saw a strong interest.

Wireframe

As we were advancing through the concept, we started to build screen details in concept mode for Phase 1 for budgeting & presentation purposes.. We explained our idea to various players with presentations and prototypes with these conceptual designs and saw a strong interest.

Start Design

We decided to give it a try and started the process of design. Although we use all the latest design and prototyping tools, we find that the good old paper and pencil still have something to offer. Maybe because the result is more immediate and more open to discussion; here are some drawings from that phase…

Start Design

We decided to give it a try and started the process of design. Although we use all the latest design and prototyping tools, we find that the good old paper and pencil still have something to offer. Maybe because the result is more immediate and more open to discussion; here are some drawings from that phase…

Byblos is ready!

As the product manager signed off on final designs, the development started and “Byblos” went live in June with the following design on IOS followed in October by Android… We are still improving the app and assessing user feedback to decide if we will take it further or not….

Byblos is ready!

As the product manager signed off on final designs, the development started and “Byblos” went live in June with the following design on IOS followed in October by Android… We are still improving the app and assessing user feedback to decide if we will take it further or not….

Contact us

What about you? At what stage are you regarding your project? Just realizing you might need an app? Or you know you need one but you hesitate about how to proceed?

Just drop us a line to discuss what you need and how we might help you getting it.