Echoes of a bygone Byliner: Opening with more than 140 knees-up essays and stories, Amazon is betting that Singles Classics can make e-shorts sexy at last.
With Vook’s acquisition of Byliner, the service has shifted entirely to an a la carte model offering 85% royalties. It’s less value for readers, but far more valuable for authors.
Begin to think of your backlist as a series of fragments that can be repurposed, says Randy Petway, COO of Publishing Technology.
Up until now second serial rights for stories and articles have been an afterthought, but it is a huge opportunity, says Byliner’s Richard Nash.
If you know a fan of long form narrative nonfiction of the sort that used to regularly appears in magazines, Byliner might be the perfect holiday gift.
The New York Times has partnered with Byliner and Vook to publish original ebooks between 10,000 and 20,000 words and designed to be read in one sitting.
What’s to stop magazines, as they transition to digital, from aping their online competition and once again acquiring long-form narrative?
Online start-ups Byliner and The Atavist have established a market for stories too long for magazines and too short for books.