Introducing yaBeam at BEA 2016

by Ron on May 12, 2016

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We’re showing off both yaBeam and Slicebooks at BEA 2016.

Jill at BEA 2016

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Here’s the Press Release

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Customers will be able to get whole collections, individual short stories, and mix and match to curate their own short story collections.

Slicebooks, an innovative provider of publishing tools and white label stores, has partnered with Páginas de Espuma of Spain to launch “RelatosRevueltos.com” (loosely translated it means “scrambled stories”), a new ebook store dedicated to short story collections. As is standard with all Slicebooks white label stores, all content is made available whole or chunked. In this case, customers will be able to purchase whole short story collections or just individual stories. They can also use the built-in ebook curator tool to drag and drop stories and create their own curated custom ebook. The store is scheduled to launch in Q3 2016.

“We always wanted to allow our readers to create their own short story anthologies mixing their preferred short stories from different books and authors, but it was impossible to do it in print. Nowadays in the digital age, and thanks to Slicebooks remix technology, we can offer this innovative service to our readers,” said Juan Casamayor, Publishers of Páginas de Espuma.

The Slicebooks platform features innovative tools like the eBook Slicer, eBook Curator and StoreApp Widgets, all designed to help publishers repurpose content and sell direct to consumers. The Slicebooks white label program lets publishers brand their own iTunes-style store with all the unique Slicebooks features included. Slicebooks has localized RelatosRevueltos.com into Spanish.

“When we built the white label Slicebooks store platform, our vision was that it would be adaptable to a variety of use cases, and that’s proving to be true”, said Jill Tomich, co-founder of Slicebooks. “One of the first stores we launched, the Rowman & Littlefield Journal store, called “journals.rowman.com”, provides academic journals whole or by the article. PastadoProfessor.com, the upcoming Brazilian HigherEd store, will offer over 3000 academic books and 60,000 chapters so that professors can curate custom course packs and students can purchase content whole or by the chapter. RelatosRevueltos.com is a personal favorite. Being short story fans ourselves, we’ve always thought it would great to be able to browse and buy short stories individually,” said Tomich.

Another unique feature of the Slicebooks white label stores are the StoreApp widgets. These are embeddable widgets with full ecommerce functionality that can be created in minutes, branded and used to target niche audiences. For example, authors or anyone who blogs can embed a branded mobile StoreApp right on their blog site and fill it with content customized for their particular audience. This means that, for RelatosRevueltos.com, if there are blogs or other sites that review or discuss short stories, Relatos Revueltos can create a widget to embed on those sites so that visitors can easily purchase the short stories they are reading about, all without having to leave the blog site.

About Slicebooks

Slicebooks is a publishing platform that includes a patent-pending digital content management system, an iTunes style white label retail platform and mobile web apps, and will soon launch yaBeam, the world’s first location-based marketing engine for publishers. The Slicebooks development team is led by veterans from such leading technology publishing companies as O’Reilly Media, Pearson, and Manning. For more information, visit http://slicebooks.com

About Páginas de Espuma

Páginas de Espuma is an independent publishing house founded in 1999. It is one of the leading publishers of the short story genre in Spain and Latin America and is also well known for its humanities collection.  With an average of twenty new publications a year, Páginas de Espuma has published works by some of the most revered writers in the Spanish language, and has built a reputation among authors as one of the most respected publishers on both sides of the Atlantic.

About Slicebooks

Slicebooks is a publishing platform that includes a patent-pending content management system, an iTunes style white label retail platform and mobile web apps, and will soon launch yaBeam, the world’s first location-based marketing engine for publishers. The Slicebooks development team is led by veterans from such leading technology publishing companies as O’Reilly Media, Pearson, and Manning. For more information, visit http://slicebooks.com

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logo3When we first built Slicebooks and talked about the value of repurposing content by chunking books into sellable chapters, publishers and other people would sometimes ask, why would we want to buy a slice fiction? Well, as a rule you likely wouldn’t want to buy just a chapter of a novel. Unless the publisher wisely chose to offer sample chapters, or the author  wanted to experiment with serializing the book over a period of time as Stephen King and other authors sometimes done. Then chunking makes sense.

But short story collections are another story. It always made sense to us to give readers the opportunity to pick and choose what stories they want from a given collection, and to curate their own collection if they wish. Seems a natural.

RelatosRevueltos screenThat’s why we’re so thrilled to partner with Páginas de Espuma in Spain to build “RelatosRevueltos”, the first short-story store to take advantage of the Slicebooks platform. Now fans of Spanish language short stories can browse and grab just the stories they want, or use our ebook curator to mix and match stories and create their own collection. Pretty cool.

Here’s the press release. Money quote:

“We always wanted to allow our readers to create their own short story anthologies mixing their preferred short stories from different books and authors, but it was impossible to do it in print. Nowadays in the digital age, and thanks to Slicebooks remix technology, we can offer this innovative service to our readers,” said Juan Casamayor, Publisher of Páginas de Espuma.

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Pasta store_300We’re excited to be soon launching our first Portuguese white label store, called “Pastadoprofessor”, created in partnership with Minha Biblioteca, a a consortium of leading academic publishers in Brazil. This store is targeted at the Brazilian HigherEd market. Professors will be able to curate and make available custom course packs on the fly using the store’s built-in content remixer, and students will be able to get content whole, sliced and remixed. Pretty cool.

Here’s the press release that went out last week. Money quote:

“PastadoProfessor.com was created precisely to meet the demand of students in acquiring content by the chapter, as well as accessing custom course packs created by their professors, all while respecting copyright”

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We’re thrilled to announce our new Journals Store launch with Roman & Littlefield. Now Rowman’s journal customers can get whole issues, individual articles, or mix & match to create custom journals. We also build a new subscription module so that libraries and other institutions can subscribe to digital editions.

Money quote:

“Our users are increasingly demanding more flexibility in how they consume content” said Jed Lyons, CEO of Rowman & Littlefield. “The Slicebooks platform makes it easy for us to break our content into stand-alone articles and gives our journal customers a quick and innovative way to create their own customized journal collections.”

See the press release here. And check out the new Journal Store here.

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Book Business Magazine just published my article about how publishers can use beacons to reach mobile users.  Money quote:

Beacons require users to have an associated app and to opt-in for notifications, so all communication is voluntarily received. For book publishers to leverage the huge potential beacons offer, you will need to partner with popular apps and new companies that will be focusing on building beacon-based venue networks. In some cases, your content could then be added to a library of content that can be licensed as a package and delivered to brands as a value-add. Or you will be able to purchase listing space on beacons located at niche venues where your content will be featured in alerts to that perfect niche mobile audience.

We will soon be launching YaBeam, a beacon-based mobile marketing platform that publishers can use to engage mobile audiences via “venues” that can be anywhere.  You can signup for alerts about the YaBeam launch here.

 

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See us at Digital Book World January 13-15

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