The sustainability, innovation, and capacity to satisfy both the reader demand and the expectations of publishers and sponsors, is one of the challenges for both the digital and traditional publishing sector. It has been said often recently that it is truly difficult to find solutions for this sector that is in such serious economic crisis.
So, Il Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino
(The International Book Fair of Turin) has decided to take on this challenge and has selected 10 international startups to be hosted in the area dedicated to the theme ‘Book to the Future’.
The startups were chosen through a competition held between January 28 and March 15. Those chosen come from Lithuania, Switzerland, U.S., and Italy. The criteria used for selection was “innovativeness, creativity, and doability of the project and the capacity to engage publishers and readers”.
As well as the exposition area that will be provided, these startups will have the possibility of presenting their project to the public, to publishers, and business angels during encounters that will be held in the area dedicated solely to startups. It is an initiative of the Salone Internazionale del Libro, GL events-Lingotto Fiere e Associazione Luoghi di Relazione – organizer of the Digital Festival – with support from the Piedmont Region and in collaboration with Tag – Talent Garden.
Here below is a description of the 10 winning startups:
– Treviso: a community of writers and readers where it is possible to collaborate between users in the creation of stories, poems, etc.
– Vilnius, Lithuania: a platform for learning foreign languages using original language content
– Turin: the company is presenting G.R.I.M.M. (Grow in MultiMedia) an e-book and mobile application for children from 0 – 10 years. The age of the child can be chosen with the application that then adapts the book to the needs and competencies of the age group entered.
– Turin: they are proposing Cloudschooling, a learning platform aimed at secondary schools with tutors in various disciplines
– Lugano, Switzerland: a content aggregator that is based on semantic matching which allows for the reading of news, magazines, and portals in a single click
– Turin: a company that has developed software that allows for the advanced creation of an e-book even without fluent knowledge of programming languages
– Milan: is paper magazine made with augmented reality and with this application it is possible, for example, to read a review, watch trailers and buy films
– San Francisco, USA: an Italian company located in California that produces digital products for children. Winners of the “Best Digital Magazine for Children” at the Digital Magazine Awards 2013
– Venice: software for intelligent bibliographic research based on reader preferences. Each book becomes a hypertext with ideas, quotes, and other content
– Milan: software that uses sensors and cameras to allow interaction with a screen and its multimedia content without touching the screen or using remote controls.