The content creation platform Glossi is gaining attention from the ebook publishing community, despite the fact that it’s still in beta and that the company’s current focus is on the fashion and entertainment industries.
Glossi holds promise for entrepreneurial authors and agents looking for creative ways to assist independent authors, and for publishers and established authors looking for new digital opportunities to share excerpts, character backstories, etc.
The platform, which accommodates moving images, embedded video, social sharing, and links to product pages, could also be useful for creators looking to pitch ideas or publish full-length ebooks with visual enhancements.
One DBW blogger spoke with the company’s vice president of business development Robyn Ward and found out about the renowned authors already using Glossi, the company’s plans for growth, the platform’s use as a publishing and marketing tool for the ebook community and more.
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Library Creates Ebooks (National Library of New Zealand)
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Amazon Needs Publishers, Publishers Need Booksellers (Salon)
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The MIX.02 Conference and What Digital Means for Storytelling (Pub Perspectives)
The conference, which took place in England this month, explored how apps, GPS stories, narrative games, branching narratives, etc., necessitate the participation of creators and consumers in both the technologies and the stories.
Print or Digital? We May Never Know (Digital Reader)
The Rasmussen Reports, a recent survey, shows 75% of Americans prefer print books over ebooks. Considering a somewhat different reader sample, a BISG report released this spring shows 82% of what it calls Power Buyers prefer ebooks.
A Snapshot of Digital Scholarly Publishing (Critical Margins)
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Can Chocolate Sell Ebooks? (Shelf Awareness)
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