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S1E2: Molly Barton and Julian Yap

Julian Yap was a lawyer for the Justice Department and an avid reader who wanted to create an “HBO for books.“ So did Molly Barton, who led digital innovation at a big publishing house. Together, they started Serial Box, which develops original fiction and delivers it one episode at a time. 

What does it mean to be HBO for books? Serial Box borrows from the TV series model: head writer, team production, series bible. It also means building a strong brand — a departure for book publishers.

If you walked into a room and asked everyone there who publishes Game of Thrones, not a single person could tell you. But if you asked everyone what television station Game of Thrones is on, everyone knows it’s HBO. 

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