Slicebooks Secures Seed Funding From Ingram
Innovative developer of slicing & remixing services and an iTunes-style retail platform
DENVER, Colo., July 31, 2013-- 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.”
SLICEBOOKS HELPS PUBLISHERS IMPROVE DISCOVERABILITY
Publishers are facing a fast-changing environment of fewer sales channels and an increasingly crowded cloud, making discoverability more challenging than ever. Slicebooks and the upcoming Slicebooks Store were designed to help publishers repurpose and remonetize existing content, improve content discoverability and help publishers compete with the Internet. Publishers can upload and slice ebooks, magazines, journals or any PDF or ePub file. “The Slicebooks ecosystem is all about helping publishers repurpose content to improve discoverability while also giving consumers greater choice and flexibility,” says Tomich. “Our mission is to make all content available whole, sliced and remixable, and how, when and where consumers want it. Everything we build has that goal in mind.”
CLOUD-BASED SaaS HELPS PUBLISHERS SLICE, REMIX AND PUBLISH
Using Slicebooks’ elegant web interface, publishers can quickly slice and remix front- and back-list titles into marketable packages. It is easy to slice one book, a few, or even thousands in batches. Sliced content such as chapters and sections can be priced and sold individually online, published automatically on the Slicebooks Store, used to instantly create custom remixes, or can be downloaded by the publisher to distribute through their own sales channels. They can also be used to cross-market the entire catalog. And the powerful Publisher Dashboard gives publishers detailed control over book metadata, making distribution of slices and remixes easy.
SLICEBOOKS STORE (UPCOMING) WILL BE FIRST TO ENABLE CONSUMER REMIXING
In another ground-breaking development, the Slicebooks Store (scheduled for launch in Q3) includes the world’s first eBook Remix Widget, which gives consumers the ability to drag-and-drop sliced content from any number of books to instantly create their own custom ebooks. Teachers can instantly create course packs, travelers can create custom travel guides, crafters can remix patterns, programmers can grab just the tutorials they need. The eBook Remix Widget brings the kind of choice and flexibility to ebook buyers that music buyers have had for years. Any content uploaded to Slicebooks can be included in the eBook Remix Widget and made available for consumers to purchase and use in custom remixes.
Slicebooks, owned by EarlyAccess, Inc., develops digital marketplace platforms aimed at making content available exactly how, when and where it is wanted. The Slicebooks development team is led by veterans from such leading technology publishing companies as O’Reilly Media, Pearson, and Manning. For more information, visit http://slicebooks.com
ABOUT INGRAM CONTENT GROUP
Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 26,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ingramcontent.com
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