1 How can you support IPG members?
Firsty Group provides web and app development and content fulfilment services. We cater for publishers, distributors, authors and retailers of all shapes and sizes.
We’ve long been associated with ecommerce and the ‘direct to consumer’ channel, providing an additional retail outlet—with much better margins!—to sit alongside those traditional third-party booksellers.
Our software as a service package, Glassboxx
, is a low-cost digital content fulfilment solution aimed at content creators across the board, and plugs seamlessly into an existing client website, whether ecommerce-enabled or not. Catering for both ebooks and audiobooks, it represents the first example of a plug and play audio solution, with DRM. It’s a scalable, commission-based business model, and you can find details of the costs here
. We’d love to get IPG members on board with Glassboxx, and until the end of the year we are waiving our upfront setup fees and monthly minimum charges for the first year of service.
2 What are you looking forward to most about the IPG Spring Conference?
We’re looking forward to catching up with old friends, as well as meeting new people, and taking in all the thoughts and opinions from speakers across the industry and beyond. It’s fascinating to hear from speakers from other industries: their material is always relevant to the industry as a whole, and gives us all a takeaway or three.
3 Can you share one top tip for independent publishers to improve their business?
In this brave new world of audio, don’t give away all your production rights to Audible!