Over the past twenty months, I’ve been meeting with entrepreneurs throughout the Bay Area, trying to get a handle on the fast-moving technology boom that is sweeping through our communities.
In the process, I’ve profiled hundreds of startups and the people behind them.
Blog posts come and go quickly, which is one of the joys but also one of the frustrations of the trade.
Over time, you can publish thousands of posts that are several hundred words long each, which will quickly add up to millions of words.
The problem for most bloggers is how to better preserve and monetize all of this work?
Well, San Francisco-based ebook publisher Hyperink has come up with an option. This week, it is introducing a concept it calls “blog books,” which are short (10-12,000 word) compilations of a blogger’s best, say, 25 posts on a topic.
Newspapers, magazines, books, radio, TV, and even web-based publishers have all suffered major setbacks in recent years, with massive layoffs in some sectors and stagnant growth, at best, in others.
Meanwhile, dozens of local startups are exploring creative ways to transform old media industries into data-driven mobile/social/local services that collectively represent the prospect of a much more diverse new media landscape in the years to come.
This post highlights eight of those disruptive companies, listed alphabetically, that we have been able to profile at 7x7.com during 2011. Half of them are focused in one way or another on challenging the traditional book publishing industry, as ebook sales continue to explode.
Though they may only account for a single-digit portion of the overall book market at present, sales of ebooks are soaring globally and will probably reach $12.7 billion (16.1 percent of all book sales), according to Outsell, by 2013.
And since Amazon has established that there is a “long tail” for physical books, that should logically be even more true for ebooks.