Pronoun, a self-publishing service for authors, is shutting down after promising unfastened ebook distribution for authors. The corporate, which raised hundreds of thousands in investment and ended up being offered to Macmillan introduced the shutdown in an e-mail to authors and on its site.
Two years in the past Pronoun got down to create a one-of-a-kind publishing device that in reality put authors first. We believed that the facility of information might be harnessed for smarter guide publishing, leveling the enjoying box for indie authors.
We are pleased with the product we constructed, however much more so, we’re thankful for the group of authors that made it develop. Your comments formed Pronoun’s building, and in combination we modified the way in which authors hook up with readers.
Unfortunately, Pronoun’s tale ends right here.
While many demanding situations in indie publishing stay unsolved, Macmillan is not able to proceed Pronoun’s operation in its present shape. Every choice used to be thought to be ahead of making the very tricky determination to finish the trade.
As of these days, it’s now not conceivable to create a brand new account or put up a brand new guide. Pronoun shall be winding down its distribution, with an expected finish date of January 15, 2018. Authors will nonetheless have the ability to log into their accounts and organize allotted books till that point.
For the following two months, our purpose is to reinforce your publishing wishes during the vacation season and assist you to transition your books to different products and services. For extra element on how this will likely have an effect on your books and bills, please check with our FAQ.
The determination follows a protracted and arguably loopy project to distribute and promote ebooks for unfastened. The corporate began out as Vook, a service for growing complicated and illustration-rich ebooks and slowly pivoted to its unfastened style. Interestingly, the principle and highest Pronoun function for authors used to be its “free automated conversion tool that made absolutely beautiful ebooks.”
“They were nicer-looking than most ebooks made by people,” wrote Nate Hoffelder in The Digital Reader.
As the Internet strikes clear of the user-generated content material style it is going to be attention-grabbing to look what different “free” content material startups hit the skids.