There’s no stopping Envato it seems. The latest addition to the tutorial site network is Phototuts (yeah, I’m cutting out the +, looks bad in text after all), focusing on photography. Tuts manage Skellie announced it, and AppStorm editor David Appleyard will edit it. Makes sense to add photography to the network obviously, but one has to wonder where it will end.
The always aggressive Envato blog network is expanding yet again. This time it is all about 3D graphics and CG art, spearheaded by none other than Kaleb Aylsworth. No, I hadn’t heard of him either, but he’s working at Digital Extremes and doing Bioshock 2 multiplayer stuff, which makes him something of a hero in my book.
Skellie, the Tuts manager, describes Cgtuts like this:
We’ll be publishing a combination of step-by-step written tutorials and screencasts, with preview images and videos so you can see the final result before you invest time in it. At Cgtuts+ we’ll be pioneering the concept of multi-day tutorials, allowing us to produce detailed and in-depth end results without over-complicating the process.
They’re starting off with the creation of a dumpster, that oh so popular graphic element in every FPS game on earth.
Envato continues to push onwards. Rockable Press is their latest project, a publishing outlet that connects to their other sites, such as NETTUTS and PSDTUTS. They’re using it to publish even more books in the How to be a Rockstar series, which started with How to be a Rockstar Freelancer.
Envato founder Collis Ta’eed had this to say in a post on FreelanceSwitch:
However in two weeks we have a new Rockable Press Manager starting here named Naysan Naraqi who is a former CNN Producer and globe trekker, and he’s going to be breathing life into the business. We’ve got four books and minibooks in production, so at last we’re going to start seeing some action. We’ve also finally settled on a proper name which has been checked for trademark issues.
As a part of the relaunch, Rockable Press gives away a free eBook by FreelanceSwitch editor Skellie, called Rockstar Personal Branding. All you have to do is to subscribe to the Rockable Press mailinglist. Sounds like a good deal.
Books and eBooks have been a natural extension for larger niche blogs for a long time. Is this where we’re heading, should advertising decline?