Glossi is a DIY digital magazine platform that has seen thousands of issues made with its online platform. Users can add text, pictures, audio, video, and also animated GIF files. The end result can often mirror the Daily Prophet from Harry Potter, with animations right on the front page. Monetization with Glossi magazines has been something the company has been working on for quite sometime and it has struck a deal with affiliate network rewardStyle to make it happen.
Glossi digital magazine creators now have the ability to add BUY IT NOW links to their magazines, and if customers purchase anything, they earn a hefty commission. Matt Edelman, the founder of Glossi explained “In our partnership with rewardStyle, any existing rewardStyle member who creates a Glossi and chooses to add product images from the rewardStyle directory into their Glossies will indeed earn commissions on the sale. However, a person who is NOT a rewardStyle member who creates a Glossi and adds product images into their pages from the rewardStyle directory will NOT earn any commissions. These individuals can choose to apply to become a rewardStyle member so they CAN earn commissions, but Glossi is not involved in that decision.”
He went on to elaborate “At the same time, if any Glossi creator wants to attach their own affiliate links to the images, animations or text in their Glossies, they certainly can. We just make no assertions at this point for non-rewardStyle links that the links will track correctly.”
The next step Glossi intends to take is being able to charge subscriptions or one time fees to read. Right now, all of the magazines are free, which is a barrier for companies and individuals who want to charge for their creations. This has been a work in progress for the last six months and, once launched, will bring a lot of new businesses into using its services and tool set.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.