David Carr on Epic, a new entrant in the online publishing world:
They are trying to build a model for long-form journalism where the revenue generated over the entire life of a story — magazine fees, sales on Audible.com and Amazon Kindle Singles, ancillary film and television rights — can be used to finance the costs of reporting.
Seems like a smart thing to try. It almost has to work better than the current failing system by default.
In his more optimistic — or grandiose — moments, Mr. Bearman sees Epic as a journalistic version of the original United Artists, which was formed in 1919 by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith as a way of using their leverage as artists to cut a better deal in the marketplace. “Maybe this is a moment, with all of these different platforms opening up, with new tools and new ways of telling big stories, when writers can get some control in the kind of work they do,” he said.
Let’s hope so. It definitely feels like a movement is underway for individual writers to take more control of their own destinies.