I’m thrilled to share the news that Education Development Corporation (EDC), has made an investment in Demibooks. EDC is the parent corporation of one of our publisher customers, Kane Miller Books. With this strategic relationship in place we hope to continue improving our Composer platform and offer additional services to our publisher and self-publishing customers.
Demibooks® Composer launched in the App Store on September 21st and we hope you’ve downloaded it! Composer has received some great reviews including at TUAW, iPad Curriculum and coverage on Publishers Weekly. We reached a number of lists including #20 in the US Free iPad Apps category and have had a healthy download response despite minimal public outreach. Thank you all for the many congratulations, comments, tweets, feedback emails and phone calls that have been coming in. Composer is just in its first version, and we have lots of work to continue building the platform. Our team is proud and at the same time humbled by the positive response, and realizes how much work we have ahead of us.
Many of you have asked about the PrintShop rollout. The service will launch in the coming weeks and will allow you to upload your books for us to compile, provide to you for testing and finally to publish to the App Store. We are constructing the infrastructure to help handle this in an efficient way. We are taking orders manually until the online service is ready. Submitting the book to Apple requires several steps involving getting your own seller credentials on the App Store. These are required to complete the stand alone book app prior to final submission to the App Store. Our PrintShop pricing starts at $499 and will reflect a “do it yourself” vs “we’ll do most of this for you” approach.
I wrote this post this past weekend on the plane flying back to Chicago from a trip to California , where a memorial service for Steve Jobs was held at Stanford University on Sunday. I had the privilege to be in his presence just once, when Steve was still running NeXT and visited with us at Fannie Mae to talk about his new products. He of course sold NeXT to Apple, and the rest is history. Steve Jobs was our Renaissance Man. He expected to shape the world in his vision, and did. His work has formed the bookends of many of our lives. From that first Macintosh in college on which I did everything from designing circuits to writing poor prose and even poorer poetry, to the iPad which is changing lives and may yet change an industry or two. What a run it’s been for all of us, and much of it due to his vision of the world. Rest in peace, Maestro.