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Random House LLC, a U.S. division of Penguin Random House has partnered with Flipboard, the news and social media aggregation application, to become the first book publisher to curate content for the platform of 85 million users. The collaboration kicks off with two custom digital magazines. The first, curated by Margaret Atwood, is inspired by her new novel, MaddAddam and the second, by Westeros.org, explores the fictional worlds of George R. R. Martin.

Posted Sep 23, 2013

To app providers, consumers can appear to be a rather fickle, easily distracted bunch, as evidenced by the latest data. Yes, they're downloading more tablet and smartphone apps than ever before (ABI Research estimates that 70 billion will be downloaded globally in 2013), but they're spending less time per session engaging with apps, according to a new study conducted by Localytics.

Posted Sep 18, 2013

ActionX introduced the first mobile commerce platform that connects the dots between mobile customer acquisition and mobile retargeting. In addition, the company closed a venture funding round, bringing the total raised to $5 million, led by SoftBank Capital, Verizon Investments, Lerer Ventures, AOL Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, and select angels.

Posted Sep 16, 2013

iPhone enthusiasts across the globe are getting ready to queue up for the newest iteration of the Apple device. At an event at the company's Cupertino, CA headquarters CEO Tim Cook kicked off the event that introduced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to the world. The 5C is a less expensive version of the phone, and was announced by the Apple SVP Phil Schiller.

Posted Sep 10, 2013

TechCrunch reported on September 9, 2013 that Twitter bought MoPub for $350 million worth of stock. MoPub is a startup focused on enabling mobile publishers to manage their ad inventory. Twitter and MoPub have confirmed the acquisition though not the price.

Posted Sep 10, 2013

HARRASSOWITZ, international booksellers and subscription agents, announced a new distribution agreement with Ebook Library (EBL), an ebook aggregator for academic, corporate, and research libraries worldwide and a ProQuest business. Under the agreement, HARRASSOWITZ customers will have access to EBL's ebook catalog, which features titles in all subject areas from over 520 major academic and scholarly publishers worldwide.

Posted Sep 09, 2013

Did you miss our latest EContent Live Hangout? You can still join Jose Castillo, Ron Miller, and Brad Batt to discuss the ins-and-outs of content management, Kindle MatchBook, and privacy (or the lack thereof) on the web. Be sure to follow @econtentmag on Twitter, or EContent on Google+ to be kept up-to-date on upcoming EContent Live events.

Posted Sep 06, 2013

Beenius announced its new Android Set-Top Box (STB) client. The Android app extends Beenius' Beesmart open and flexible interactive TV middleware platform. Operators benefit from the lower deployment costs of Android along with the power of Beesmart to deliver customised, scalable services through IPTV, OTT, and hybrid cable on all devices.

Posted Sep 05, 2013

Those people who are eagerly awaiting the widespread availability of Google Glass got a tantalizing bit of news recently, with the revelation that an app store for Glass will be available next year. Google confirmed the news to Marketing Land.

Posted Sep 05, 2013

I recently traveled from Boston to Baltimore for my brother's wedding. I discovered that the older I get, the less I look forward to packing a suit case, schlepping to the airport, fighting with other passengers for overhead bin space, and then watching in horror as the flight attendants detail how to survive if the plane crashes. Not my cup of tea. One thing that has always made it easier for me, though, is technology. Lately it seems that many businesses in the travel and hospitality field are all about giving their customers technology-friendly options -- from free Wi-Fi to "power up" stations -- but my recent trip made me wonder whether these "perks" are just smoke and mirrors.

Posted Sep 05, 2013

Amazon introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy-for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free-the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases all the way back to 1995-when Amazon first opened its online bookstore-will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook.

Posted Sep 03, 2013

Amazon launched the Mexico Kindle Store), offering Mexican customers a vast selection of popular ebooks, Spanish-language best sellers, over 1,500 free books in Spanish, and a broad selection of titles from leading Mexican authors and publishers. In total, the Kindle Store offers over 2 million titles, hundreds of thousands of which are exclusive, and more than 70,000 in Spanish. In addition, Amazon announced that Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite are now on sale locally in Mexico at Gandhi stores.

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Publishing Technology and CNPIEC, the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation, announced the CNP e-reading platform at the Beijing International Book Fair this week. At launch, the site carries over 200,000 titles from more than 300 international publishers.

Posted Aug 29, 2013

If you've been looking for new revenue streams to monetize your app, Amazon may have just answered your prayers. It introduced the Mobile Associates API for Kindle Fire and other Android devices, enabling developers to sell millions of physical and digital items from Amazon.com within their apps and games.

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Apple has sold about 140 million iPads worldwide since the tablet's launch about 3 years ago. The wildly successful device has disrupted many industries, creating headaches for some (think personal computers and Microsoft) and opportunities for others, including content owners who can take advantage of the device's capabilities.

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Mag+ and Appboy are joining forces in an effort to help digital publishers convert readers into loyal users. Customers of Mag+'s digital publishing platform, which include magazines like The Atlantic and New York Magazine as well as many international corporations, can now access Appboy's mobile relationship management (MRM) platform to build their businesses.

Posted Aug 21, 2013

The next wave of mobile internet users will be from urban areas of emerging markets, finds Ovum. The lack of fixed internet infrastructure in the region and the significant purchasing power of urban residents are pushing both end users and service providers towards mobile. New research from Ovum highlights the correlation between the growth of the mobile internet and the adoption of "smart" devices in emerging markets.

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Amazon Web Services, Inc., an Amazon.com company, announced Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) with Mobile Push, a cross-platform push notification service in the cloud. With one API, application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android, and Kindle Fire devices.

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Google has joined the e-textbook movement, rolling out a textbook section for Google Play. It joins the ranks of Barnes & Noble and Amazon, which have long offered e-textbooks for sale, and rent. Available to Android and iOS users, the e-textbooks available on Google Play are mostly available for purchase with a select few able to be rented, according to Gigaom.

Posted Aug 12, 2013

With the launch of the iPad in 2010, the leaders at Design Central knew that the world of digital publishing was on the verge of a major technological revolution. Before long, both its internal and external clients would expect to use tablets and other emerging digital publishing platforms to the full extent of their capabilities. This meant interactivity, ease of publishing, integration into smartphone apps, and more. The folks at Design Central understood the task in front of them and wanted to choose the right suite of digital publishing tools to integrate into their production process.

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Mobile apps bring content straight to your pocket. The convenience is unparalleled, but there may be one part of the app chain you haven't thought about much: the buying process. Chances are you just go to the Apple App Store or Amazon App Marketplace and never think about it, but if you're a content provider, some experts think you should be putting a little more thought into distribution.

Posted Aug 02, 2013

According to reports from Quartz, Google is looking to give its local news service a boost by integrating it with Google Now. The search giant's Now service focuses on deliver contextually relevant content via mobile devices. Google Now is built into new Android devices and the Google Search app for iPhone, but the local news "card" is still in beta testing and only available to Google employees.

Posted Aug 01, 2013

Springer announced that it has released an Android version of its SpringerLink mobile application, allowing for wider access to its content. The app's user interface has also been updated.

Posted Aug 01, 2013

Amazon.com announced "The Kindle Singles Interview," a new series designed to take advantage of the Kindle Singles platform by offering major long-form interviews with iconic figures and world leaders. The Kindle Singles Interview is a new exclusive series in the Kindle Singles store. The debut Kindle Singles Interview, The Optimist, is an interview with Shimon Peres, the 89-year-old President of Israel.

Posted Jul 29, 2013

AcademicPub, a provider of copyright-cleared content for digital and printed course packs in higher education, announced the launch of Express Books, enabling professors to self- publish. As Express Books authors, instructors can now publish and sell their own books to the education and mass markets on any website with Sharedbook's e-commerce, fulfillment platform, and distribution capabilities.

Posted Jul 29, 2013

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