Some wonderful, talented people are behind Wowio. It’s one more reason why I’m sorry to see traffic on the decline, following the controversial changes in the ad-supported site. In fact, Wowio is now actually a bit of a bookstore in disguise.
"I have influenced more then 1,000 people to stay away," one user writes in, "and I will continue to boycott." Verifiable or not, that statement shows the extent to which Wowio is in trouble. My biggest problems are with the obnoxious, intrusive ads, as well as charges for PDFs that were once free.
Granted, the Alexa traffic-tracker is imprecise, and you can’t confuse site popularity with profitability, but it’s clear that the reborn Wowio is far from a hit. If Wowio’s new owners can’t make a go of it, maybe they need to sell the site to a publisher, Amazon, Google or another company with enough resources to make the advertising model work in a user-friendly way.