Publishers are planning to use the new store app in a variety of ways, both to push direct sales and to grow their vertical markets. For example, store apps can easily be distributed to their associated author sites. Some authors have blogs with large and loyal reader bases with common category interests. The Store App can be embedded on the author site and customized to offer just that content that is of interest to the author’s audience.

Instant Travel Store

Here’s an example of the App embedded in the main body of this blog that has content filtered for a Travel audience. It sizes dynamically to adjust to column width. Users can now browse and putchase content, and create their own custom ebooks, directly within this blog site. Checkout happens within the app as well, so the user never leaves the site.

Or, click this link to open the app on a mobile device:

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app_iphone Embed on any site to create an instant and customizable store

We just launched the new Slicebooks Store App this week and have been demoing it to publishers and distributors this week in Frankfurt. The response has been gratifying. Here’s a look at a demo version. We’ll also embed one on this blog. Feel free to try it out.

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R&L is digitizing their journal program and chose our Slicebooks Store platform as the best option for jump-starting the program. We’re also building them a new subscription module.

Here’s the press release.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 6.12.45 PMPublishing Perspectives today posted an interview with CEO Jill Tomich about how Slicebooks has evolved over the past three years. Lynn Rosen, who wrote the piece, does a great job summarizing what we’ve learned over the years in the roller-coaster digital content space.

Since we launched the Slicebooks Store a few months back, we’ve repeatedly been hearing from publishers and other organizations with huge content distribution needs that they’d sure like to have a branded version of the store of their own. This feedback has shifted our focus from retail to licensing and services. Over the past few months we’ve been building a two-part white label program that we plan to roll out at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Part one is our Slicebooks Store Web App (we call it “white label lite”) which, as Jill explains in the interview, basically turns our store and all its unique functionality into an embeddable widget. As part of their subscription to Slicebooks Services, publishers will be able to embed the App (or multiple apps) onto their own sites and offer their customers filtered content from the App. And, as we like to say, all content will then be available “whole, sliced and remixable” What this means is that publishers can instantly build vertical markets. Got an author with a blog and a dedicated audience? In minutes that author can embed the Store App, filter the content to suit that audience and become a new sales channel for the publisher.

For organizations who really want to go direct, our white label program is now operational.  We can get you up and running in no time with a privately branded white label version of our Slicebooks Store with all the bells and whistles.

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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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Spanish ebooks & bilingual remixing

January 20, 2014

Tweet 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, […]

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Private beta begins

January 9, 2014

Tweet When 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 […]

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Slicebooks Store launching soon in private beta

December 16, 2013

Tweet Soon, 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 […]

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Over 190 publishers and counting…

October 4, 2013

Tweet 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 […]

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