Monday, January 16, 2006

News Analysis - eBay for Content: Social Publishing Models Vie for Community and Profits

Would-be authors have a myriad of options for publishing on the Web today, but few are sure-fire roads to a professional career. In the meantime, a lot of people would like to have their writing noticed and appreciated by an audience without having to wrestle with traditional publishing channels. The Gather.com platform is one new tool that's helping amateur authors to find some modest revenues alongside professional content in an easy-to-use online portal that encourages ratings, feedback and participation from its online community. It's "eBay for content" in the minds of some - but there's more required to make the concept work than just a database and a friendly interface.

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