Well, this is a shame.
A shame that it didn’t work, a shame that there isn’t any hope of saving it, a shame that a publisher couldn’t build something for itself, a shame that they are using advertising as an excuse, a shame that they are using competition as an excuse, a shame that instead of trying something like this in such a half-hearted way (and if you think that’s unfair check out the simply pathetic social media presence for this social based site) they didn’t go for it hell for leather, a shame that the users still on site seem so committed to the idea (read the forums and you see there is a great deal of support and interest). Oh well
HarperCollins is closing its BookArmy social networking site later this month, blaming poor advertising and competition from similar sites.
via HarperCollins stands down BookArmy | theBookseller.com.
That which once was, is again eh? Love this model but it sure aint innovative in the sense of NEW. Though it is clever and sensible and old fashioned, but them in my experience, so is the Rumpus.
The Rumpus is printing 1,000 copies of Rumpus Women, half of which Elliot considers already sold to book club members. For $25 per month, book club members get a new book the month before publication and can then participate in online discussions about the book and a live online chat with the author. The Rumpus runs on a tight budget, so, said Elliot, “the idea that weve already sold 500 copies to our members makes publishing the book possible. Well sell the remaining copies on the website and in bookstores but not until a month after our book club members have received their copies.” Currently, the club has about 360 members, but Elliot anticipates that number growing to 500 by December.
via The Rumpus Becomes a Book Publisher.