Saturday, May 31, 2008

YouPublish at BEA in Los Angeles

For the past few days members of the YouPublish team have been at BookExpo America in Los Angeles, California. BEA is the second largest book expo in the world. And in my opinion it’s one of the more enjoyable events I’ve attended. Think of wandering through miles of good books and great people. Sounds like heaven, right? The only things missing were cafes on every corner and miles of comfy sofas and chairs so I could have dug right into some of the books I picked up. I think I’m bringing home 20 extra pounds of books in my luggage.
We’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of authors, publishers, publicists and others. We’ve made some new friends and learned a lot about how YouPublish can help augment the distribution and marketing efforts of authors and publishers.
One highlight was listening to Jeff Bezos of Amazon speak about their recent success with the Kindle. It is a remarkable device. Amazon seems to see some of the same trends in digital books that we at YouPublish are addressing. More and more readers are buying and viewing digital books. But missing from Amazon’s and most other digital media services is the breadth that we’ve tried to capture at YouPublish. Where can you publish ANY type of digital file (written, audio, video, software, etc.) in any combination you choose for any price you set or for free?
Answer: YouPublish.
It’s a great time to be a part of YouPublish!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sunny, Wonderful, Orange County…

With a team as far-flung as ours (with folks spread from Salt Lake City to Singapore), we take face time seriously. So when we hosted our first YouPublish University Authors’ Workshop last week in Irvine California, we all jumped at the chance to get together and hash-out detailed plans for the site’s next three or four months. Our first get together was in Tokyo back in January… so this second meeting was dubbed “Tokyo II”.
( I’m personally hoping Tokyo III might be in Norway! )
Anyway, the YouPublish University Authors’ Workshop was an amazing success — and it was wonderful meeting so many of you! We had great feedback from some of our earliest users, which got us rolling on the right track when we sat down at the table for two full days of white-boarding.
Most of us just got back to our respective towns this weekend, so stay tuned as we nail down a few more details… and we’ll have some sneak peaks into our plans for the site in the next week or two.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Constant Improvement…

So it’s been a week since the launch, and we can’t begin to tell you what a hoot it’s been hearing from so many of you! The feedback we’ve gotten — the kudos, the bug reports, and even the occasional WTF e-mail has been so very helpful.
Thanks to you, we’ve caught a couple big-hairy-bugs™, and are currently working to smooth-out a little roughness in the publishing process.
So keep ‘em coming!
Remember, though, that questions or concerns that need specific response need to be e-mailed to support.
And we promise to keep you up-to-date on developments in the pipe. This is what it’s all about: constant improvement.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

It’s Alive!

We’ll have to tell you how we got here another day… but here we are. We’ve just formally launched YouPublish. And we couldn’t be happier.
What, exactly, is YouPublish?
YouPublish is our modest attempt to change everything™… To make a difference™… and to do it all while keeping a firm hand on the Holy Book of Web Development: Getting Real.
We’re a far-flung team… with people scattered from Singapore to Salt Lake City. But to a person, we’re creative people. And we don’t just write books. We don’t just make videos… We’re creative, we create. And we needed a place to not only share our creations but to sell them if we wanted to. And so here we are, launching YouPublish.
Now anyone — no matter their stripe — can share their passions with the world! No matter what file type, you can publish it at YouPublish. Sell it or offer it for free. You decide.
Do you have a book to share? An album of original music? A wicked-cool spreadsheet? What about a lesson plan? Seminar support materials? Religious tracts? Digitized sheet music? 3D models? You’re only limited by your imagination.
And soon (very soon) we’ll be adding the social networking tools that will take this all to the next level.
So, yeah… YouPublish: Publish, Find, Talk about… Whatever!