The digital awakening of the european publishing sector
About the project
PROJECT START DATE: 03/03/21
RENEWING THE BOOK EXPERIENCE
Möbius was born to invigorate European book publishing by remodeling traditional value chains and business models in the publishing sector. The main challenge that the Möbius partnership addresses is to embrace the prosumers’ potential as valuable contributors and drivers of new products and services, including new enriched media experiences. The book of the future is playing out now.
THE GOALS OF MÖBIUS:
1. Building a prosumer intelligence kit
By applying digital methods from computational social science, complemented by user studies, to analyse and learn from the vast open online communities of readers and writers.
The new prosumer intelligence toolkit will allow publishers to better understand how global readers are relating to books, their characters, storylines. Data analysis will be possible thanks to an interactive data visualization and a user-friendly dashboard for professional use.
2. Developing a prosumer Business model
By exploring and proposing new business models and ways for identifying and valuing prosumers contributions to the publishing value chains.
In strict compliance with existing IP and copyright legal frameworks, Möbius aims to illuminate governing logics that allow the creation of fair, sustainable, and productive relations with prosumers.
3. Creating the Möbius book
By designing and developing the software tools that will allow the production of new immersive and interactive book experiences.
The Möbius book will be a cross-media production that will integrate a digital version, a 3D audiobook (3D audio and binaural reproduction of the reading experience), and audiovisual content based on the book itself.
MÖBIUS SELECTION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Möbius will launch an Open Call for original and unpublished short fantasy stories by professional and amateur writers in Europe. The winning story will become one of our Möbius Book immersive and cross-media experiences.
An evaluation committee formed by project partners will select at least one of the manuscripts to be published as a Möbius book. Each manuscript will be evaluated according to criteria relevant to the Möbius project. In October 2021 we will publish all details regarding call conditions, evaluation process, and criteria, rights management, etc.
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Möbius has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 957185