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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
youAPPi, a provider of mobile application distribution and content monetization solutions, announced the launch of a self-service mobile monetization solution for publishers. The solution is designed to enrich mobile publisher content and add an additional revenue stream to supplement advertising dollars.
Posted Jul 25, 2013
AsiaInfo-Linkage, a supplier of BSS systems, has launched its Veris C3 Big Data appliance to international markets. Veris C3 is designed around Context -- a real-time understanding of where customers are and what they are doing on their mobile devices; Content - the ability to create very specific marketing messages and campaigns; and Control -- the ability to target precisely defined customer segments and give end customers real-time control over their opt-in preferences.
Posted Jul 22, 2013
If you've got a Kindle Fire, you can now download a New York Times app, and, according to paidContent content will be free until July 31. After that you'll hit the Times' paywall and will need to pony up for a digitall subscription. That means paying $20 a month for tabley access, or $35 a month for access across platforms, including tablets, smartsphones, and the web.
Posted Jul 11, 2013
Mobile marketing is easily one of the hottest topics in the digital content world, but some say it isn't growing as quickly as it could. It almost seems counter-intuitive, but because the web analytics tools of today aren't quite cutting it in the mobile arena marketers aren't getting the same amount of insight into their users. According to research from Medio, the average American owns 1.57 mobile devices, and if marketers want to know more about what people are doing with these devices, mobile analytics are going to have to become a priority.
Posted Jul 10, 2013
Identive Group, Inc., a provider of solutions and services for the identification, security and RFID industries, announced availability of its Tagtrail mobile app for iOS devices in the Apple App Store.
Posted Jul 09, 2013
New functionality in Searchmetrics' search and social analytics software lets digital marketers analyze and track how their sites are performing in searches on mobile devices. Users can monitor search engine rankings and the corresponding traffic coming from searches on both mobile phones and tablets, as well as analyzing mobile search performance on these devices at a local level.
Posted Jul 09, 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc. announced that it has grown its MyiLibrary platform, adding more than 50,000 titles and new functionality in and effort to meet the changing needs of today's libraries.
Posted Jul 01, 2013
Physical books, movies, albums, and video games can easily be swapped and resold between different owners without fear of reprisal from the original publishers/copyright holders. So why can't the same be true of digital versions of these and other media? That's the question more consumers are asking, according to results of a recent WorldPay study titled the "Digital Generation Report."
Posted Jun 28, 2013
Solve Media, the leader in guaranteed performance-based online branding, unveiled its responsively designed mobile advertising platform. The new platform delivers native, premium ads via the mobile web and mobile app on both tablets and smartphones. The ads are delivered full screen and at high resolution to promote a positive user experience by offering access to mobile content in exchange for ad engagement. Songza and Unilever are among the early adopters of the Mobile TYPE-IN platform.
Posted Jun 27, 2013