Why Publishers Must Sell Direct

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Insights | No Comments
Why Publishers Must Sell Direct

In late October, HarperCollins began selling eBooks directly to consumers, starting with C.S. Lewis’s ever-popular Narnia series. Readers can go to narnia.com or CSLewis.com and purchase DRM-protected ePub files for use on nearly every eBook reader (including our favorite, Readmill, but excluding the apps of the two biggest online retailers: Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks). One month later […]

Shane Snow Helps Freelance Writers Online

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Insights | No Comments

Recent graduate of TechStars NYC and #CMPNY Version 3.0 Presenter Shane Snow of Contently shares some illuminating startup lessons learned with Schuyler Brown of Founders@Fail. “Founders@Fail shares the stories behind what it really takes to build a business, launch a product, and raise funding. The stories may not be pretty, but for aspiring entrepreneurs, they’ll […]

The Atavist: Building Tools for Ourselves (And Many Others)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Insights | No Comments

In “The Business of Publishing” Session II, Co-Founders Evan Ratliff and Jeff Rabb spoke candidly about the process of building The Atavist, both long-form journalism digital imprint and now media-rich content-management-system currently deployed as SaaS to big publishers like Pearson. “In some ways, the business of publishing is 45 minutes of setup.. acquire a domain, host a […]

“I would argue, rather, that books saved Oprah”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Insights | No Comments

It’s easy for people to mistake books for merely source material to bigger, glitzier, glossier things. They have at times become a footnote, a hyperlinked-reference within (extremely) louder, (incredibly) closer sound bytes, moving images, headlines, and bullet-points. For Session I of The Business of Publishing, Richard Nash unsurprisingly (and compellingly) laid bare this perspective. He […]