Anyone who enjoys an entrepreneurial success story will find this article worth the read. It highlights a creative and innovative approach to ebook publishing – and what is even better, it’s happening right here a few blocks away from the home of the Charleston Conference. BiblioLabs is the name of the outfit and they have just been recognized by Inc. Magazine “ as one of the country’s 500 fastest growing companies.”
This article focuses on the recent release of BiblioBoard a free download in Apple’s App Store that enables users to create their own ebook “anthologies” of public domain titles which in turn are for sale to other Biblioboard users with a 25% royalty going to the anthology creator. BiblioBoard starts you off with three free “anthologies” consisting of “roughly 100 books, most of which are over a century old.” Many of these books come from British Library and draw on a earlier collaboration between the two organizations in which they” launched the award winning British Library 19th Century Historical Collection app. And that’s only part of the story. The article goes into far more detail about this venture as well as other BiblioLabs innovations.
The article appeared in the Charleston City Paper a local weekly and we should mention a caveat emptor. A few readers may feel that some of the language used in the article is somewhat crude. Nonetheless if you’re not too squeamish, you might give it a try.
Oh! Another thing that we should mention. BiblioLabs is cooperating with the Charleston Conference and O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change to presents Mini TOC Charleston, a one day event of conversation focusing on the thriving publishing, tech, and bookish-arts community to be held Nov. 7th (the 1st day of the Charleston Conference). The standard ticket for this event is priced at $125.00 while Charleston Conference attendees qualify for a discounted ticket: $100.00.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.