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The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 21% of Americans have read an ebook in the past year. The number of ebook readers grew after a major increase in ownership of ereaders and tablets during the 2011 holiday season, Pew reports.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
Pottermore sold more than £1 million ($1.59 million) worth of ebooks in the first 3 days of availability, according to Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne. Sales were higher than expected, Redmayne said. With an average price of $9.13, around 164,000 copies were sold.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
A new study by global interactive marketing provider ExactTarget found two-thirds of online Americans have made a purchase as a result of email, nearly twice the percentage who have purchased after receiving marketing messages via both Facebook and texting.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
The Associated Press (AP) and live video broadcasting service Bambuser AB penned an agreement that allows Bambuser users to share newsworthy video via the AP. The AP will be able to access and use Bambuser content that it vets, verifies and considers newsworthy.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
Maney Publishing launched a web-based system designed to handle the tracking, information, and reporting elements of the journal production process. ManeyTrack was developed in collaboration with MPS Limited. Via MPS, the system is available for licensing to other publishers.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
Email is still the most common way people receive digital messages from companies, but messaging through Twitter and Facebook is more likely to incite a purchase, according to new research from digital marketing firm ExactTarget.
Posted Apr 03, 2012
Approximately 18,000 geological maps from SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology will be integrated into Elsevier B.V.'s web-based research tool Geofacets. Maps will be sourced from four SEPM publications focused on sedimentary geological topics.
Posted Apr 03, 2012
Advertising Standards Authority Ltd. may sue Apple for misleading consumers about the 4G capabilities of the new iPad in the U.K. Apple describes the new iPad as being 4G capable, but the 4G standard used by the new iPad only works in the U.S. and Canada.
Posted Apr 03, 2012
Google could begin selling tablets that are co-branded with its hardware manufacturer directly to consumers via an online store comparable to Apple's and Amazon's. Rather than just one tablet, however, Google is expected to offer several devices.
Posted Apr 02, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice could reach a settlement in the next few weeks with Apple and some of the major publishers suspected of planning to raise ebook prices, Reuters has reported, citing people close to the negotiations.
Posted Apr 02, 2012
In a private deal, Godengo, Inc., a CMS provider for magazine publishers, acquired Texterity, Inc., a provider of digital magazines and mobile apps. Together, the companies have created a unified platform for leveraging digital, web, and mobile media.
Posted Apr 02, 2012
Brainshark, Inc. has developed the SlideShark for Box OneCloud app in cooperation with cloud storage and collaboration provider Box. Through the partnership, Box users can upload stored PowerPoint presentations from their Box account directly to the SlideShark iPad app.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Two days after the Pottermore shop launched, Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks will be available in libraries beginning March 29. The Harry Potter digital materials are distributed to libraries through OverDrive. The ebooks are available as EPUB and Kindle editions.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
The University of Illinois at Chicago ranked the 75 largest cities in America by their government's social media acumen. More than six times as many big city governments reached citizens via Facebook in 2011 compared to 2009; YouTube and Twitter grew fourfold and threefold, respectively.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
CafePress, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of 4.5 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of $19.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on March 29 under the symbol PRSS.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Accumulate AB and Potevio have partnered to bring mobile payments, including near field communication solutions, to the Chinese market. The first deployment is slated for 2Q 2012. Solutions will combine Accumulate's mobile security platform with Potevio's resources.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Ex Libris Group released bX Hot Articles, part of the new bX usage-based suite of services. Hot Articles identifies the 10 articles that researchers have selected in recent weeks, as well as the 10 most popular articles overall. The service is free for noncommercial use.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
On-demand ecommerce solutions provider Demandware, Inc. added Pinterest integration to its Demandware Commerce platform. The integration intends to provide retailers with the means for consumers to share product content among the more than 12 million Pinterest users.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Amazon's Kindle Touch 3G is now available for pre-order from www.amazon.com to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world. Additionally, all seven Harry Potter books are available to read on all Kindle devices and any of the free Kindle apps.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Slashdot launched its first dedicated B2B technology video channel, SlashdotTV. SlashdotTV offers access to an expanding index of video content to Slashdot's community of IT decision makers and influencers. SlashdotTV also offers a sponsored video channel.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Van Gennep M.A.C.'s new PublishingNOW! platform aims to expedite workflows by offering users control over the complete publishing process. The company claims PublishingNOW! is the first complete publishing platform based on a digital asset management system.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
The next update to Microsoft's XBox Live service could feature Comcast's video-on-demand (VOD) service and HBO Go. The HBO Go app was originally slated to go live on April 1. Comcast's app will reportedly allow users to search its VOD service directly from the console.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
The Pottermore ebookstore is now open. All of the Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks are available (DRM-free) for sale for the first time. Pottermore has partnered with Sony, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google to make the ebooks available to a wide audience.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
The Financial Times (FT) Ltd. launched an interactive marketing campaign focused on new ways to engage its U.S. and global audiences. Housed in New York's Grand Central Terminal, FT Graphic World will feature a series of 3-D interactive film projections.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
Vasont Systems, a provider of component content management solutions and data services, implemented SyncRO Soft, SRL's oXygen XML Editor to the Vasont CMS and Vasont WebLNX products. SyncRO Soft provides software for XML technologies and single source publishing.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
Publishing Technology, PLC and online scholarly publishing startup GSE Research launched a research portal for digital academic publishing. The site supports rapid publication, open and traditional peer review options, and collaboration tools, with article metrics to follow.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
Joining its recent launches over Roku and Boxee, iFood.tv plans to launch apps for Google- and Yahoo!-connected TV platforms. The site, known for its online instructional cooking videos, will curate its video portfolio and creating its own channels of content.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
Design Science, Inc. revamped its MathFlow product line. MathFlow 2.0 includes support for MathML 3's elementary math and line-breaking, customization features, 64-bit Windows support, Plane 1 Unicode, and STIX fonts, among other features.
Posted Mar 23, 2012
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. acquired Structurae, an online structural and civil engineering database. Structurae has been combined with Wiley's Ernst & Sohn, a construction publisher for German-speaking countries. Nicolas Janberg will join Wiley as chief editor of the database.
Posted Mar 23, 2012
Kwanzoo, Inc., a provider of multichannel marketing solutions, announced the availability of Smart Banners. This self-service platform includes real-time split A/B testing capabilities designed for display campaigns, to which users can add interactive components.
Posted Mar 22, 2012
Twitter had its sixth birthday yesterday, March 21, and the microblogging service celebrated by sharing a few brief facts about its evolution. The company said in a post on the Twitter blog that it has 140 million active users who send 340 million messages a day.
Posted Mar 22, 2012
Zynga, Inc. acquired game maker OMGPOP, Inc., creators of Draw Something. Zynga paid $180 million plus approximately $30 million in employee-retention payments. Zynga will get a New York-based team of about 40 people as well as a series of OMGPOP's games.
Posted Mar 22, 2012
Mobile ad networks YOOSE Pte. Ltd. and Mobsta Networks, LLP formed a sales partnership to launch MobGeo, a new hyper-local service that intends to bring location-based mobile consumer targeting to U.K. brands and agencies.
Posted Mar 22, 2012
Organizations operating in the sectors that rely most heavily on enterprise information are among the worst at enabling access to internal content and utilizing it, according to the Industry Information Index, a new study from MindMetre Research.
Posted Mar 22, 2012
LexisNexis acquired Portfolio Media, Inc., the parent company of Law360, an online provider of legal news and analysis that is geared toward business lawyers in the United States. Law360 will continue to run as a stand-alone business. Terms were not disclosed.
Posted Mar 21, 2012
Seeking to advance enterprise mobility and monetization, Mediaspectrum, Inc. has upgraded its Cloud platform with newly-announced Precision technology, which merges print, digital, and mobile customer data with both offline and online activity.
Posted Mar 21, 2012
The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) board of directors has endorsed a new report format that expands how consumer magazines will report metrics for digital publications. The board endorsed a new Consolidated Media Report format for U.S. and Canadian publications.
Posted Mar 20, 2012
Windows 8, which is slated to launch in October, is rumored to be operable on devices aside from desktops, laptops, and tablets, such as smartphones, e-readers, and smart TVs.
Posted Mar 20, 2012
MarkLogic Corp., a provier of Big Data applications, announced Associated Press has launched a content analysis tool which is used to search AP archives to create custom archive products and datasets for AP customers in an effort to drive revenue and business insight.
Posted Mar 20, 2012
MarkLogic Corp., a provier of Big Data applications, announced Associated Press has launched a content analysis tool which is used to search AP archives to create custom archive products and datasets for AP customers in an effort to drive revenue and business insight.
Posted Mar 20, 2012
EBSCO Publishing and QUOSA, Inc., an Elsevier B.V. company, have partnered to create an EBSCOhost Premium Channel in the QUOSA System. The partnership enables mutual customers to utilize EBSCOhost in conjunction with QUOSA's management tools.
Posted Mar 20, 2012
Apple may not be profiting as greatly off the sale of each new iPad. Market research firm iSuppli Corp. took apart the third-generation tablet and it appears Apple is making it with more expensive parts, but it vends for the same $499 price tag the iPad 2 had at launch.
Posted Mar 20, 2012
Really Strategies, Inc. has changed its company name to RSI Content Solutions. In tandem with its rebranding, the company launched a new website at www.rsicms.com. The new name better reflects the company and its services, representatives said.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
Really Strategies, Inc. has changed its company name to RSI Content Solutions. In tandem with its rebranding, the company launched a new website at www.rsicms.com. The new name better reflects the company and its services, representatives said.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
Building off of a lawsuit by nine different authors that began developing in early January, Apple is now facing legal action from 22 Chinese writers. The writers claim that Apple has been selling unauthorized copies of their works through the App Store.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
MindTree Ltd., a global IT and product engineering services company, has partnered with Netbiscuits, a cloud platform provider for web apps. The companies will develop and deliver reusable solutions, templates, and development methodologies.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
Mzinga, Inc. and Pandemic Labs have partnered to deliver social technology and services solutions. The pair's goal is to help enterprises improve customer loyalty, increase revenue through collaboration, and gain insight into employee performance.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
According to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, for every dollar that U.S. newspapers gained online last year, they lost $10 in print advertising revenue. The study adds that this reflects a deeper loss than in 2010.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. announced that it will no longer print its Britannica encyclopedia set, having "complete[d] the transition from print to digital," editor-in-chief Dale Hoiberg said in a blog post. The company will still produce some print products, he said.
Posted Mar 15, 2012
Mzinga, Inc. and ISM, Inc. have entered into a partnership to deliver customer-centric solutions by combining Mzinga's OmniSocial platform and ISM's social CRM (customer relationship management) offerings for online communities.
Posted Mar 15, 2012
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