================================================================ This is a free e-mail bulletin for subscribers only, sent from "U-Publish.com," the website named for the revolutionary guide to new methods for publishing and promoting books by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow. Watch for the new 2002 edition, coming soon! ================================================================ *** MightyWords and iPublish Close Poynter and Snow have long maintained that while e-Books are almost certain to play a major role in the future of publishing, print-based technologies like POD and PQN will dominate the industry for several more years. Recent announcements about closures at two of the largest digital-only web sites support our view. See items below for details. ================================================================ *** iPublish.com Folds According to Steven Zeitchik, a reporter for Publishers Weekly (12/10/2001) "Trade publishing's most elaborate experiment in e-publishing came to an end last week when Time Warner Trade Publishing announced it is folding iPublish and at least temporarily abandoning its idea of using the Web as a place to troll for unknown writers. "The company will continue reprinting e-book editions of paper books, and possibly even original work by print authors, via BookMark, the house's online marketing division. A transition team will stay on for one to two months to work on that integration. Of the nine iPublish authors whose books were scheduled for print publication, the company expects most to still be published, possibly as part of the Warner mass market division. The iPublish Web site will be closed." We believe that iPublish failed because it focused almost exclusively on e-publishing, and ignored the preference of today's readers for printed books. Co-Author Danny O. Snow met with Gregory Voynow of iPublish prior to its launch, and proposed publishing POD paperback editions of at least one title per month, but Snow's proposal went unanswered. Now, only a handful of printed books will survive iPublish, after a loss of $13 million. ================================================================ *** MightyWords Shuts Down In a related story covered by Edward Nawotka of Publishers Weekly (12/17/2001) "MightWords.com, which created quite a bit of fanfare when it launched in March 2000 with plans to digitally distribute original short works, is closing down. CEO Chris MacAskill told PW 'The motivation for closing wasn't that we're running out of cash. It's that the adoption for digital publishing isn't happening as fast as we hoped.' He said the company has about a year and a half of working capital left. "MacAskill added, 'the only digital publishers that are doing pretty well are those that started in digital and then went into print.' " Poynter & Snow agree. At present, consumers want "real" books, whether they are produced using conventional printing, or the newer POD and PQN methods discussed in our book. However, we also remain confident that e-Books can be useful tools for selling printed books, used as a low-cost preview; they are also helpful as updates of printed books, and in other ways discussed in "U-Publish.com." We believe that e-Books will be more and more accepted in the future, but they are not yet a viable substitute for a printed book. ================================================================ *** Public Appearances for 2002 Dan Poynter is criss-crossing North America to spread the word about eBooks, treeBooks, digital printing and The New Book Publishing Model. For more info: DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com Danny O. Snow will speak about POD publishing technologies at BookTech 2002, running February 11-13 at the New York Hilton: http://east.booktechexpo.com Snow will also speak on the panel titled "How POD Can Fatten Your Bottom Line" at PMA University in NYC on May 2: http://www.pma-online.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org As always, when you contact organizations featured in our bulletins, kindly mention that you were referred to them by U-Publish.com, thanks! ================================================================ *** Important Note for Subscribers If you receive our bulletins at a Hotmail or Yahoo address, please put our reply e-mail address (NewsDesk@U-Publish.com) in your "address book." If not, future issues could be accidentally filtered by Hotmail or Yahoo, in their efforts to block unsolicited commercial e-mail. 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