I’m not a huge fan of paying for “how to videos” especially when I can find just about any topic I’m questioning on Youtube, but MindBites.com might have more to offer than the typical homemade flick. MindBites is a publishing and sales platform where individual video authors can sell their content on demand online and through mobile applications.
Like most other educational sites, users can sign up for different subscriptions in order to watch certain instructional videos. The Education category has lessons, instructions, homework help, and video tutorials for many subjects, including Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Basic Math, Algebra, and Grammar. MindBites also features less-academic video lessons that range from surviving a knife attack to learning baby sign language to making bath products. However, the website’s audience seems to be video authors, rather than students. Their pitch is that you can share your knowledge and talent with others while also looking for lessons that interest you.
Some of their clients include:
– Thinkwell, a popular digital textbook publisher.
– Brent Mayne, a former Major League Baseball catcher, who uses the MindBites platform to power his video on demand store about how to be a skillful catcher.
– Urban Fitness TV uses the site to power and sell fitness videos.
MindBites describes itself as a “place on the web to learn directly from other real people and share what you know with the world. A self-publishing platform and social marketplace for instructional content, MindBites enables people to share their unique knowledge, skills and passions through audio and video lessons, earning money for themselves or for charity. The result is a unique community of discovery with content that simply can’t be found anywhere else. By enabling people to learn, connect and share as never before, MindBites promises to revolutionize the way the world shares knowledge. MindBites – What do you know?”
Is MindBites revolutionizing education? Here’s what I think…
– For those who want to sell their videos, they can quickly create custom branded video on demand stores that can be easily integrated into another site or offered on a standalone basis. You don’t even need any technical experience. Those custom VOD stores also fully function as iPhone VOD stores. In addition, content owner/publisher can set their own subscription and bundled pricing models.
– Sales reporting and statistics are delivered on demand so you can see exactly how well your product is doing.
– I found the videos to be high quality and played well on the embeddable media player. The site also offers one click purchase which is built in.
– MindBites.com has an attractive interface. The site is easy to navigate with all of its content categories listed at the bottom of the page. The site is also an ad free environment, which is always great.
– The community is interactive with lots of people posting feedback and comments. Users and authors interact through ratings, reviews, Q & A.
– For each person who purchases a lesson you receive $1. You can decide to keep your earnings or give them to a charity.
– You can browse through the site and see what lessons interest you, but in order to purchase a lesson or post your own video lessons you must be a member. The membership process was a little confusing at first.
– MindBites.com states that you must earn a minimum of $25 to get paid. If you make less than $25 dollars, even if its $24.99 you cannot claim your money through Paypal.
– Since MindBites.com suggests that authors can give their earnings to charity, it would be nice if people could feature their favorite charities on the site. How will users know where their money is going?
– Site is not available in other languages even though some of the subscribers ask questions in Spanish and are clearly Spanish speaking people.
– Sixty second, previews and trailers are not enough.
– Dr. Drew