Long-form journalism is an increasingly popular type of reading, and various models are available for reader fans. With options for subscription-based consumable platforms as well as per-title basis sales, there are a growing number of companies making content from well-known journalists and authors available.
Unfortunately, one of the more high-profile and pioneering companies in the long-form journalism sphere is facing increasing problems. Byliner, who has been plagued with reports of problems within the company, including the resignation of a number of its executives, including Sunday’s resignation of its CEO.
According to an article on the walkout for the Observer, Byliner has been mired with financial problems recently. Two different authors mentioned not receiving royalties or receiving pitiful amounts, leading them to believe there may have been deeper financial struggles involved.
The problem with this loss is it cuts the already small number of options (compared to major retailers of full-length fiction and non-fiction) for readers at a time when both subscription models and this length of work are seeing a surge in popularity. Hopefully Byliner’s model and ability to bring in major authors like Margaret Atwood and Jon Krakauer will make a come back and keep readers’ options open.