eLinea, a Dutch digital content distributor, has recently added more publishers to its catalog.
Yesterday it announced that it had signed 5 Belgian magazines and newspapers including Ons Erfdeel, nY, Kluger Hans, RifRaf and Filmmagie. This will bring its catalog to include dozens of magazines, blogs, newspapers, podcasts, and radio stations.
eLinea is a service to watch because it doesn’t offer the usual periodical subscription service. it’s an experiment in digital reading where customers have the privilege of buying individual articles from the various participating magazines. Readers can also subscribe to specific writers or topics. The articles can be read online or downloaded as PDF or Epub. Readers have the option of transferring their articles to almost any eBook Reader (besides the Kindle). They can also use any number of reading apps on smartphones, tablets, or the iPad.
It’s probably too early to call eLinia a success or a failure, but it is a concept that is worth watching.