Forbes expanding into e-books
by Chris Roush
Lucia Moses of Adweek writes about how Forbes, which has let outside contributors and advertisers publish content on its site, is the model a step further by having contributors publish e-books under its name.
Moses writes, “The first, however, is by Lewis DVorkin, chief product officer of Forbes and architect of the contributor model. Called The Forbes Model for Journalism in the Digital Age: Training a New Generation of Entrepreneurial Journalists, it compiles DVorkin’s Forbes.com posts on his journalistic approach. It’s being sold starting June 6 for $4.95 via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Hyperink, a startup funded by Andreesen Horowitz that’s helping Forbes determine the content for its e-books.
“Forbes isn’t the first publisher to see the opportunity to give its brands more legs through e-books, but it stands out because of the unconventional contributor model it started adopting two years ago. The approach has been accused of watering down the financial news brand, doing content on the cheap by using unpaid contributors, and most of all, confusing readers by letting brands blog under the Forbes banner. DVorkin, for his part, explained Forbes’ latest initiative this way: ‘The larger point to me is to support entrepreneurial journalists. What we’re really attempting to do is help journalists have a voice on Forbes and other platforms.’
“DVorkin’s e-book will be followed by two more, also by Forbes contributors.”
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