36 meetings at the London Book Fair

by Ron on April 13, 2014

in Events

London Book Fair_lgWe just returned from attending the London Book Fair for the first time. Though a schedule of 36 meetings in 3 days seemed daunting when we landed in the gray rain at Heathrow a day prior to the Fair, 3 days later we were so energized by the excited anticipation we encountered from publishers that we felt ready for another round.  We demoed our Slicebooks Publishing Services and Store platform for publishers of all shapes and sizes, from Big 5 media conglomerates to boutique academic presses, global scientific organizations to the creative folks at the Guinness Book of World Records. The Slicebooks mission to help publishers repurpose and remonetize content was well received indeed, and most can’t wait to get their hands on our new eBook Remix App.

And though there seemed barely time to share a warm pint and compare notes at the end of each day, compared to the marathon distances between exhibit halls at Frankfurt, the Earl’s Court center was quaint and easy to navigate in comparison.

But not much time to shake off the jet lag. Our next event will be the Book Expo America 2014 at NYC May 29-31, where we’ll be launching the Slicebooks Store and the eBook Remix App in public beta (fingers crossed).

 

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We’re always thrilled when new publishers join Slicebooks, and our recent launch of the Slicebooks Store beta has inspired several more publishers to join (over 200 and counting so far). Today we are pleased to announce that Rowman & Littlefield, the National Book Network (NBN) and Michelin Guides have all signed up on the Slicebooks platform.

Rowman and LIttlefield joins Slicebooks

With education being a major focus of ours, Rowman & Littlefield, is a wonderful addition to Slicebooks. As their web site describes, Rowman & Littlefield “is one of the world’s leading independent publishers with a strong focus on Academic Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Government & Official Data, and Educational Publishing.”

nbn joins Slicebooks

NBN (and their international distribution group, NBNi) represent over 200 client publishers and “is  an independent, full-service sales, marketing, and distribution company serving North American and  overseas independent publishers of non-fiction, fiction, and children’s titles.” A few NBN client publishers, such at C&T Publishing, are already slicing and remixing content on Slicebooks. We expect to be adding many more to our catalog soon.

Adding sliced content from the world famous Michelin Guides furthers our aim to build a comprehensive repository of chunked and remixable travel content (and we expect to welcome several more travel publishers shortly). Here’s a summary from their website of Michelin’s three guide book programs:

Michelin Green Guides

Michelin_RioComplete travel guides for longer trips, and are recognized by their bright green covers. They provide a wealth of destination information including historical background, art and architecture, cultural insights as well as restaurant and hotel information. Entries are organized geographically by town or neighborhood.

 

Must Sees guides

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More experimental in nature. Colorful and practical, the pocket-sized Michelin Must Sees guide series hits the highlights for a 24-hour visit, a weekend or longer. All sights are carefully reviewed and star-rated to ensure your time and money is spent wisely. Color-coded sections help you quickly focus on what to see, do and know for an exciting travel experience, and offer a selection of the best hotels, restaurants, clubs and kids’ activities for every budget. 

The MICHELIN Guides

COUV_New_York_2014.inddThe famous restaurant and hotel guides, often referred to as the Red Guides due to their distinctive red covers. A team of full-time professional restaurant and hotel inspectors anonymously evaluate establishments according to a rigorous set of criteria. Only the best restaurants and hotels are included in the guide, where every establishment is a trusted Michelin recommendation. These guides outline Michelin’s selections for dining and accommodations, and do not contain site and attraction information found in the other guides.

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Publishers participating in the beta test of our new Slicebooks Store platform come up with all sorts of different use cases for the eBook Remixer.

One of our beta testers is Twin Sisters Productions, who aim to be “the leaders in children’s educational music”.  The folks at Twin Sisters also produce content in Spanish, and are now experimenting with remixing English and Spanish content to produce bilingual ebook collections for their users.  We expect this trend to continue in other languages as more bilingual publishers get their catalogs sliced.

As for Spanish ebooks in particular, as Good eReader reports, sales of Spanish language ebooks has exploded.

What are the driving factors of Spanish eBook sales? This can be attributed to Latinos adopting tablet computers and e-readers at an accelerated rate. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In 2011, about 1 in 20 Hispanics owned such a device, the group found; in 2012, the number had jumped to nearly 1 in 5.

 

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Private beta begins

by Ron on January 9, 2014

in Beta launch

Slicebooks Store with eBook RemixingWhen to launch your product in beta is an uncertain science.  Feature creep is perpetual, you are never really satisfied, and every day you wake up chewing on a running list of things that you know could be better if you just had a little more time.

But at some point you really do need to let go, open the doors and let your customers weigh in a little.

We’ve been working on the Slicebooks Store for a several months now, and particularly the eBook Remixer. Publishers have been clamoring to play with it, so today we finally started private beta. Hundreds of publishers are joining, and soon we’ll get some real feedback on our progress.

If you are a publisher and want to join the test, contact us.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.42.21 AMSoon, like maybe this week, we’ll be launching the Slicebooks Store in private beta. We’re pretty excited about that. What’s so special about the Slicebooks Store? It will be the first in the world to offer ebooks “whole, sliced and remixable,”  which means consumers can get just a slice of any book, or mix & match slices of content and remix their own ebooks.

The store features our new first-in-the-world eBook Remix Widget. This cool tool lets you grab slices of content as you go and, when you are ready, in just 3 steps you can create your own custom ebook.  During private beta we’re only letting publishers play with it, but early in 2014 we’ll be launching it to the public. If you’d like to be notified when we’re launching, go here and enter your email address.

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Over 190 publishers and counting…

by Ron on October 4, 2013

in Progress

Slicebooks signed up its 190th publisher the other day. This includes recent signups like Elsevier, Berrett-Koehler, Franklin Covey, The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), Perseus and many more. We’re pretty happy about that, especially with the new Slicebooks Store launching shortly. This means store users will have a lot of content options when using the new Remix Widget to create custom ebooks.

But we’re really just barely getting started. In our quest to become the world’s repository of sliced and remixable content we’ve got a long way to go. There are so many great large, medium and small publishers we hope to sign up in the coming months. Just the other day while demoing the Remix Widget to the editorial director of a famous travel publishing house, we started comparing what content and publishers and magazines we’d like to be able to choose from to someday create the Ultimate Travel Guide remix. Coming soon…

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Slicebooks Store beta, & Frankfurt

October 4, 2013

Tweet We’ve been keeping our heads down and pounding hard on getting the Slicebooks Store ready for a publishers-only private beta, so much so that summer seemed to pass us right by. At our home lab here in Denver, seems like just yesterday it was just close to 100 degrees outside, too hot to even […]

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News and tweets about the Ingram investment means no fishing

August 2, 2013

Tweet This week we were thrilled to announce that ICG Ventures Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, has made a seed investment in Slicebooks. Here’s the press release with all the details. There’s been a lot of publishers and other industry folk tweeting about it, and quite a few press mentions as well, like in Publisher’s Weekly and Book […]

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Press Release: Slicebooks Secures Seed Funding From Ingram

August 2, 2013

Tweet This has generated quite a lot of buzz for us in the publishing world. See the complete press release here. Here’s a snippet: July 31, 2013 Denver, CO Slicebooks, an innovative startup by EarlyAccess with a publishing platform for slicing & remixing content, an iTunes-style retail platform and the world’s first eBook Remix Widget, […]

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Book Business Magazine article about Slicebooks

July 30, 2013

Tweet Lynn Rosen, Editorial Director of Book Business Magazine,  published a great article on Slicebooks today in the “Future Think” column. Money quote: Jill Tomich  is at the helm of a start-up that’s truly cutting edge. Tomich, who was O’Reilly Media’s original Sales Director, launched Slicebooks with husband and co-founder Ron , the company’s “vision chief and idea troublemaker” […]

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