NEW YORK, NY - May 19, 2015 - Today Pronoun announces the formation of a new author-friendly platform for book publishing. Pronoun brings together Vook, the leading digital book creation and distribution platform; Booklr, the industry's largest proprietary data and analytics engine; and Byliner, a digital-first imprint that publishes bestselling contemporary authors. With this combined technology and experience, Pronoun rethinks what publishing should offer authors. Pronoun empowers every author to create and distribute beautiful digital books, own and control their work and their rights, and receive 100% of their earnings - all for free.
Byliner's recent struggles have been well documented this summer with executives jumping ship, stalled author payments, and rumors of imminent closure. Those struggles may have come to an end for the ereading startup, which sold long-form journalism and short fiction pieces, with its recent acquisition by Vook.
Vook, a digital publishing and distribution platform, has acquired Booklr, a real-time data and analytics service for authors and publishers. The deal will combine Vook's e-book, app development and distribution platform with Booklr's ability to deliver real-time data on sales, retailer performance and customer behavior.
Booklr was founded in 2010 by Jesse Solomon and Josh Brody, who will also become Vook's chief operating officer in addition to joining the Vook board of directors. Booklr supplies data to a variety of publishers including Random House.