Rowman & Littlefield, NBN and Michelin Guides join Slicebooks

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.

Spanish ebooks & bilingual remixing

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.

 

Private beta begins

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.

Slicebooks Store launching soon in private beta

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.

Over 190 publishers and counting…

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…

Slicebooks Store beta, & Frankfurt

Store imageWe’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 ride a bike. But today it snowed a little.

But we are on pace to get the beta going before the end of October.  Lines of publishers are signed up to participate and put our new Consumer Remix Widget through its paces (contact us if you want to join). We’ll then weed through the feedback and tweak-requests and bugs we haven’t identified yet, and then we’ll launch the store live in November. Whew!

In the meantime our meeting schedule at Frankfurt Fair is nearly overflowing. It seems everyone wants to know about slicing and remixing these days. But if you really need a demo drop us a line and we’ll do our best to figure something out.

News and tweets about the Ingram investment means no fishing

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 Business Magazine.

In addition to the investment, we announced that publishers who are integrated with Ingram’s CoreSource platform now have the option to have Ingram transfer their files to Slicebooks and it will be done automatically. And that has caused an immediate deluge of interest in our platform from publishers all over the globe.

All of this is great for Slicebooks of course. But working through all these publisher inquiries almost certainly means postponing any notions I had of escaping for a few hours of fly fishing this weekend.

Oh the price we pay. Tell the cutthroats they are safe for another week.

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Press Release: Slicebooks Secures Seed Funding From Ingram

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, announced today that it has raised a round of seed funding from ICG Ventures Inc., an Ingram Content Group company.

“In addition to receiving this seed funding from Ingram, any publisher that has integrated with Ingram Content Group’s CoreSource® digital asset management platform has the option to have their files delivered to us for slicing,” said Slicebooks CEO Jill Tomich. “It’s easy for any publisher to upload content for slicing, but those publishers who have their content on the CoreSource platform can simply request files be sent to Slicebooks. It is a seamless process. Over 90 publishers to date have already signed up to use Slicebooks.”

 

Book Business Magazine article about Slicebooks

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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” (every company should have at least one of those!). With a background that includes technology and a facility with computers, Tomich wanted to be able to take e­books to a new level, and make them available for purchase by the chapter. 

 

Meme360 and Xinhua Media (China) Interviews at BEA Expo

When you are demoing something a little new and different like Slicebooks at the BEA Expo, it is wonderful when everyone wants to talk about it and see how it works, and we are always pleased to show them.

But after a few hours of demos you can start feeling a little hoarse and bug eyed. Maybe its called Trade Show Face. And then you turn around and media folks point video cameras and large microphones at you. You smile and quietly wonder if you left any lunch stains on your shirt.

But that’s just me. Jill doesn’t seem to have those worries. She’s just smooth and clear, like in this interview.

Eileen Zar from the Meme360 blog got excited about the poetic possibilites of our upcoming eBook Remix Widget when interviewed Jill at our BEA Expo 2013 booth.

Later, a film crew from Xinhua Media Daily in China (sometimes referred to as “China’s BBC”) stopped by to ask me about what Slicebooks is up to. They commented that while most companies in the Digital Book section seem to be focusing on file conversion (a useful service to be sure) it appears Slicebooks is doing something new, different and exciting.

Well, now that you mention it…

We talked later about slicing Chinese books for the China market, which they thought made great sense. We’re looking forward to getting started with that.