For the second year in a row, Rockstart wants to Re-write the book on publishing with a 40 day deep-dive Innovation Program. Together with Dutch publishers group GAU, the accelerator is looking for five innovative startups who can apply their innovative ideas to the world of books and publishing. Also worth mentioning that there is € 15.000 prize money waiting for the startup with the winning ideas!
Why back to books?
With the arrival of e-readers & tablets the publishing industry is going through significant changes. At the same time it is facing increasing competition from the explosive growth in online video consumption. For startups the publishing industry is potentially a market with lots of opportunities. For example, in 2014 the worldwide publishing market made $103B in annual revenue, which was seven times the amount of the global music industry. And forecasts say the publishing industry will continue to grow in the coming years. Lots of reasons for digital startups to figure out how to apply their solutions to benefit good old-fashioned print media.