Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) announced the formation of a new non-profit organization to oversee development of a Public Media Platform (PMP) which "will allow public media producers and stations to gather their digital content in one place, and cost-effectively distribute it across digital platforms." The PMP also received $8 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to support building APIs to provide access to that content.
In May, PW reported on Gumroad's API that aimed to simplify online transactions. Indeed, the earlier release did move Gumroad towards its goal: "to democratize the ability to sell stuff online." However, Gumroad's latest offer, Platform API, simplifies the online buying process even further. The earlier API required buyers to register for a Gumroad account and required the use of links. The Platform API removes the need for links and buyer accounts. Instead, an entire transaction occurs on the merchant's site.