WSJ: eBooks, Next Frontier For Advertising Agencies

Now here is something traditionalists won’t like. Idea is gaining traction where advertising agencies and few eBook vendors are planning to test ad units inside an eBook experience:

The marketing world is drawing up plans to invade one of the last bastions of media that is largely advertising-free: books.
As e-books proliferate, advertisers are experimenting with ways to pitch to consumers while they read, a trend that could change the publishing business but faces opposition from some traditionalists.

Marketers are exploring a variety of formats, including sponsorships that give readers free books. Videos, graphics or text with an advertiser’s message that appear when a person first starts a book or along the border of the digital pages are also in the works. Ads can be targeted based on the book’s content and the demographic and profile information of the reader.

Like everything else on internet nowadays, polarizing people across taste leads to new behavior and hopefully monetization. I am all for it if it leads to more revenue to authors/publishers and lower cost for readers.

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