Will Facebook become an ebook publisher?
August 24, 2011 | 11:08 am
By Paul Biba
Fiction Writers Review discusses this, which was fueled by Facepbook’s acquisition of publisher Push Pop Press. After saying that Facebook denies that it is interested in doing this, the article goes on to say:
But members of the media aren’t quite sure Facebook is being completely honest. The New York Times remains skeptical:
Facebook has made it apparent over the last few years that it is not just a social network, but an entertainment distributor, too. […] Facebook’s move into other forms of entertainment, like gaming and movies, demonstrates that the company is looking at other forms of revenue beyond standard advertising. Of course, it doesn’t need to own a book company to distribute books. It doesn’t own a movie studio or a game maker.
Both the New York Times and PC World point out that if Facebook did decide to produce e-books in the future, it would have a distinct advantage as both an online publisher and a social network—especially as it continues to compete with Google. The site has access to users’ preferences including, for many people, their book preferences. In addition, PC World notes:
The company could easily create a digital bookstore seamlessly integrated with the social network. This would be a huge boon to authors and publishers, especially small independent ones, who would gain the potential to reach out directly to their social network to engage their fans, and to promote and sell their books directly on the Facebook platform.