Is Re-mixing the Answer for Good, Fast and Cheap Ebooks?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

The concept of ebook “chunking” or “slicing” has been around for several years now. It’s a simple concept: take a pool of content and allow consumers to pick and choose various bits and pieces into a single body of work, most likely an ebook. It’s a bit like dining at a buffet.

Few companies have been able to capitalize on this concept; one with real promise to do so is Slicebooks. In today’s feature story, “Slicebooks Aims to Take Re-mixable Ebooks Mainstream,” co-founder Jill Tomich describes “re-mixable” content as a “win-win” for publishers and consumers a like.

While the upside for publishers is obvious — they get to exploit their existing IP even further — the upside for consumers may be less apparent.

Tomich argues that, now that power has shifted to consumers, they “want what they want, how, where and when (NOW!) they want it.”

Underlying Tomich’s argument about the viability of her platform is the notion that not only will Slicebooks be able to deliver information that is good (since it comes from high-quality publishers who have vetted it), but also fast (since it is digital and, hence, convenient) and cheap (since you can pick just the information you want, negating the need to pay for an entire book).

Customization is key to how this can be delivered.

But, as the old cliché goes: You can have it good, fast or cheap, pick any two. It is generally accepted that it is difficult, if not impossible, to deliver all three.

Does Slicebooks have the answer to this age-old riddle?

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.