Zola is a software technology company focused on books. We support both discovery (through Recommendations) and transactions (through The Everywhere Store™).
That sounds simple enough – but the platform we built to support those businesses is actually quite large. It needs to be, to make any book available on any website in any format.
Among other things, we ingest, on a daily basis, metadata and files for the millions of existing (and new, and newly released) ebooks, audiobooks and print titles from all the publishers in the US.
We “concord” all that data with our concordance engine, “build” ebooks that are encrypted by DRM (or not, depending on your preference – and yes we make .mobi and .epub formats for you tech dorks that are wondering), and enable their sale through The Everywhere Store™ – which, yes, can be white labeled, along with our iOS and Android reading apps (which, btw, also support audio files. Yes, audio and ebooks in the same app.) That also means, of course, securely supporting credit card transactions, embedding recommendations, capturing email addresses, providing analytics, heat maps, and other services to help you sell your books.
So many services, in fact, that they barely fit on this chart:
We’ll talk more about all our technology services in coming posts. For now it’s enough just to see all the parts on a single page.