Nitobi buys into startup BookRiff

Posted by Warren Frey

Nitobi, the dynamic Vancouver web development shop that recently sold Robot Replay, its web analytics package, is making headlines again. Nitobi has become a shareholder in BookRiff Media, a Vancouver based publisher which is creating Bookriff.com, a site which allows users to build their own books. The site, now in private beta, lets users mix together pieces of content including work from the world's leading publishers and authors, their own work and public domain material found on the web.

Andre Charland, the co-founder and CEO of Nitobi will be joining BookRiff Media's board, and he's optimistic that the partnership will bring forward new models for what print can be.

"Right when the industry is calling for the death of print, Bookriff is making a move to transform print and take it in a direction that will make it more relevant to readers than ever before," Charland said.

Nitobi's developers are the same coders who created the PhoneGap open source mobile platform, which was the People's Choice winner at the 2009 Web 2.0 Expo Launch Pad competition held in San Francisco. It will be interesting to see if Nitobi's expertise in weband mobile applications can tackle one of the biggest shifts in media consumption in history, but their track record so far means at the very least it will be an interesting ride.

Company:
Nitobi
Website:
http://www.nitobi.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Since 1997, Nitobi (formerly eBusiness Applications) has been providing Enterprise Solutions and web-based software components. With a focus on end-user experience, we're committed to changing the way Rich Internet Applications are built. By empowering developers and end-users with revolutionary user-interface components and technologies, better applications will be built that help users do more with less effort.... more

Company:
BookRiff
Website:
http://bookriff.com/
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

BookRiff is a revolution in publishing technology. Through BookRiff, book and periodical publishers, authors, and other creators around the world are selling their content in chunks of different sizes, allowing anyone to mix published works with their own work and free Web content to create unique custom books. more


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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more




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