Vook Buys Enhanced Ebook and App Publisher

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[Press Release]

Vook acquires Coliloquy’s publishing business

Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps.

Coliloquy pioneered the creation of interactive, reader-driven narratives on the Kindle E Ink platform, eventually publishing over 30 titles across all ebook and mobile platforms under the Coliloquy imprint.

“Innovative authors published great books with Coliloquy,” said Vook CEO Josh Brody. “We’re excited to learn from them as we work together at Vook.”

Earlier this year, Vook acquired the epublishing company Byliner, its first step in using technology to rebuild the publishing industry from the ground up – this time, putting authors first. As with Byliner, Coliloquy authors will now receive 85% of their net royalties. Coliloquy authors will also get access to the same data-driven marketing and pricing insights that Vook deploys on behalf of its authors and major media partners.

“Coliloquy has always been about merging technology and art to push the boundaries of storytelling,” said Lisa Rutherford, co-founder and CEO of Coliloquy. “By joining forces with Vook, we can expose even more readers to the innovative works of these amazing authors.”

“From our internal experiments with reader analytics to our exposure to Amazon’s sales algorithms, we’ve seen firsthand that data is the future of epublishing,” said Waynn Lue, co-founder, President, and CTO of Coliloquy. “Vook gets that, and we’re excited to have them supporting our authors.”

Founded in 2011, Coliloquy has published over 30 titles, including Hard Listening by the Rock Bottom Remainders, Georgetown Academy by Alyssa Schwartz and Jessica Etting, Spellspinners by Heidi R. Kling, A Dark & Dismal Flower by JC Herz, and Getting Dumped by Tawna Fenske. Recently, the company expanded to middle grade apps in partnership with Disney, creating innovative new reader experiences for their Kingdom Keepers and Percy Jackson franchises.

Vook powers the publishing programs of the world’s leading media brands – including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. It also owns and operates Byliner, a boutique publisher of short fiction and nonfiction by award-winning authors, including Nick Hornby, Ann Patchett, Carl Hiaasen, Jane Smiley, Jon Krakauer, Margaret Atwood, and many others. Vook is venture-backed and based in New York City.


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