By Hannah Johnson
Facebook announced Tuesday that it has bought Push Pop Press, the company behind the much-hyped e-book app, Our Choice by Al Gore.
Push Pop Press founders, Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, said of the acquisition, “we’re taking our publishing technology and everything we’ve learned and are setting off to help design the world’s largest book, Facebook.”
So does this mean that Facebook is getting into the book publishing business? According to Matas and Tsinteris, it doesn’t. “Although Facebook isn’t planning to start publishing digital books, the ideas and technology behind Push Pop Press will be integrated with Facebook, giving people even richer ways to share their stories. With millions of people publishing to Facebook each day, we think it’s going to be a great home for Push Pop Press.”
A statement from Push Pop Press says the company will no longer continue developing its publishing platform.
However, the interactive browsing experience of the Our Choice app combined with the vast content on Facebook could be a game changer for digital content across all media industries, especially if that content can be curated and packaged as an app. Is this the future of publishing?