S&S Paves New Road

May 8th, 2007 at 9:10 AM

Simon & Schuster announced the launch of their video site today. Below is an excerpt from a Publishers Weekly article.

Simon & Schuster has teamed with the Internet video company TurnHere Inc. to launch a "book-centric video channel" that will promote S&S authors and their new books. Bookvideos.tv will begin in early June, and the videos will also be available at SimonSays.com, YouTube and the authors' own Web sites. Though S&S has produced videos to promote its authors in the past, the venture with TurnHere represents a stronger and more formal commitment to using video to market authors. S&S will create videos for at least 40 authors, including Mary Higgins Clark, Kathy Reichs, Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, Jennifer Weiner and Zane.

Sue Fleming, v-p of online and consumer marketing for S&S's adult publishing group, said the company is drawing more heavily on video to promote authors, based on reader feedback. She noted video's ability to "replicate, for the digital age, the critical and time tested word-of-mouth excitement that comes from talking about a good read."

This is a huge development for those of us working with video in the publishing industry. The digital age is changing the way we communicate, and video will continue to expand into new industries that were once unthinkable.

Is your industry ready for the video revolution?

Better yet, are you ready to lead your industry?