Your ideas certainly have merit, Kenn. Label me as cautiously optimistic and willing to chat.
The question of competing with Amazon is a big one, and likely deserves a closer look. People shop for ebooks on Amazon, and may even pay more for those ebooks, because they trust Amazon. And earning that trust requires time and effort.
Amazon has a solid reputation for:
* massive selection
* ease of use
* useful information (ie: review, recommendations, sample chapters)
Building that from scratch requires a whole lot of pizazz. Now, please don't get me wrong--I am NOT saying that it cannot be done. My entrepreneurial blood cheers for the little guy, and always will. I'm merely suggesting that the process will not be instantaneous and will require plenty
Granted, once an ATTRACTIVE, USER FRIENDLY and EFFICIENT site or platform was in place, promotion and maintenance would be the kickers. An FW Ebook store could be splashed across our FB page, Twitter and other social media platforms (are we on Goodreads?) with reasonable expectations of success.
We serve a niche market in some ways--although I'm sure we could get into debates about what actually constitutes "Christian fiction," and should consider the political potholes that could result. We should be able to trump Amazon by speaking directly to the needs and desires of that niche market.
The whole idea of creating a site such as this is HUGELY daunting to me, but I'm game to help on the other end. Promotion comes much easier than tech stuff for little old me
And we likely have the human resources on FW to drum up reviews, traffic, etc.
Who else wants to gab about this line of thought?