Om Malik

March 18, 2021

Substack: Platform or Publisher or a Scam?

"Substack’s business is a scam," writes Annalee Newitz (formerly of io9) on (where else but) Substack. "They claim to offer writers a level playing field for making a living, and instead, they pay an elite, secret group of writers to be on the platform and make newsletter writing appear to be more lucrative than it is. They claim to be an app when they are a publication with an editorial policy."

On the surface, this seems to be the same "platform or publisher debate" we heard during the heyday of Medium, another startup that wanted to revolutionize media. If you are into newsletters, media, and writing, this might be worth a read