Publishing veteran Jane Friedman partners with film producer Jeffrey Sharp to launch Open Road Integrated Media. She believed there was a business to be built around breathing life into classic works that were only available in print formats, by supporting digital releases with year-round marketing.
Launches full-service digital distribution service for authors, agents, and independent publishers, Open Road Distribution.
Grows their ebook business by acquiring leading independent publisher E-Reads, adding more than 1,200 titles to their digital catalog, including titles by Dan Simmons, Harlan Ellison, Greg Bear, Aaron Elkins, Barbara Parker, and Laura Kinsale.
Acquires more than 300 ebooks, including great works of commercial fiction by bestselling authors Alan Jacobson, Piers Anthony, Greg Dinallo, and Andre Norton, by acquiring Premier Digital Publishing.
The Early Bird Books newsletter is launched, delivering ebook deals to avid readers, and serving as a vehicle to promote popular ebooks published by Open Road Media.
The Lineup newsletter and website are launched, delivering high-quality “creepy content” to a highly engaged audience interested in true crime, the paranormal, and the macabre, extending the reach of Open Road Media’s marketing.
Develops new logo to unify all of the content brands in its digital media portfolio.
An app is born: The Open Road Media webstore is launched and reading apps are made available in the Apple and Android app stores.