TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

On The Menu: Netflix For Books?

mmm_2-3.gif

Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Chip O’Brien from BookSwim, an online service for renting books — like Netflix for books.

The company, which started in early 2007, provides a service for people who can’t find a broad selection of books near their homes, or are too busy to go to a library during its operating hours. “Most people have felt…the difficulty of getting out to a library or book store, or getting the best-sellers with their $27.95 retail or on a waiting list for three, four months at a time at the library,” he said. “So people are automatically intrigued and I hear a lot of people saying, ‘This is a great idea, I can’t wait to get started.’”

They also discussed some trends in the publishing industry, including Sarah Palin‘s memoir being published in hardcover weeks before the e-book is available. The book will be available through Bookswim when it’s published in hardcover on November 17.

Also discussed: e-books and their consequences on the publishing industry. “I suppose we’re going to have to find a new model for the way we value books, the way we price them,” O’Brien said.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Mediabistro Course

Magazine Writing

Magazine WritingStarting September 4, learn how to get your work in top publications! You'll learn how to create captivating stories editors will want and readers will love, understand which magazines are right for your stories, craft compelling pitch letters, and more! You'll leave this class with two polished articles and corresponding pitch letters. Register now!