BookExpo America, the largest publishing event in North America, just notified us that we are semi-finalists in the BookExpo Challenge! As a reward for reaching the semi-finals we receive an assortment of valuable freebies and the opportunity to present our platform to a group of VCs and other publishing industry folk. If we make it to the Finals we’ll have a shot at the first prize, which is some monetary award they haven’t yet announced. Fingers crossed!
We were very stoked to be informed by Built in Colorado that Slicebooks has been chosen as one of the 50 Colorado Startups to Watch in 2015, and along with that came this badge. We shall strive to be worthy of the mention.
The “Exceptional Women in Publishing” organization recently held their annual “Women’s Leadership Conference” in Berkeley, CA. Jill was asked to participate on a panel with two other highly exceptional women – Charlotte Abbott, content and media strategist, Abbott Communications, and Fauzia Burke, founder & president, FSB Associates. The session was called, “How to be your own Boss in Publishing” and was intended to inform wannabe entrepreneurs on the perils of following your own path. The panel spent some time discussing that pros and cons of starting your own venture, and didn’t mince around about the huge risk and struggle going on your own brings, but the overall enthusiasm of the panel inspired all cubicle-trapped office workers in attendance who dare dream the startup dream.
Slicebooks will be exhibiting next week at the Digital Book World Expo in NYC. Stop by TT#12 for a 5 minute demo of our platform. We’ll show you how you can launch a super-fast custom mobile store in minutes! (We can also tell you where to find the best NY pizza. We’ve done extensive research…)
During a recent swing through New York we met again with the Publisher’s Weekly team at their office to update them on our new StoreApp. The other day they posted an article about us and the features of the StoreApp. Since we saw them we’ve added a couple of important new features that let publishers brand their own StoreApps.
1. Add your company name
2. Add your own navigation bar color
These updates have been among the most requested by publishers. Now publishers can deploy multiple unique StoreApps to target different niche audiences. Some are creating apps for particular events, and other publishers are planning StoreApps for each series of books.
Here’s a sample store app filtered by the category, “Leadership”.
Corporate content managers are asking how they can use our Store App for their internal training programs. The new Store App gives a quick and easy way to make just the content they want available to their target audience right now.
Companies can setup a custom Store App with just the content they need for a particular training and embed the app right on their internal sites, or they can embed the app in an email blast to their staff. Staff members can then grab ebooks and slices right from the Store App. Training leaders can also mix and match just the content they need for their training classes using the Remix tool and then make the custom ebook available to attendees instantly on the App. Pretty cool.
And it’s responsively designed! Click to open this Store App on a mobile device.
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.
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.
Publishing 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.
We 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).