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Barnes & Noble is kicking off the new year by selling a five percent stake in Nook Media to Person, according to Fierce Content Management. For $89.5 million, Pearson now has the right to publish its education content on the Nook and perhaps even distribute devices.

Posted Jan 02, 2013

This year will go on record as the year that smartphone penetration in the U.S. passed the 50% mark, cementing the importance of mobile apps as a new channel to the customer. For the first time, smartphones and tablets have superseded the browser as the new mainstream platform where content is developed and deployed.

Posted Dec 20, 2012

When they are off-mic and off the record, most publishing executives are getting increasingly frank about the mobile conundrum they face. The math just doesn't look good. Oh, the hordes are here. Of that there is no doubt. It is not uncommon for top media brands to report exponential spikes in the share of traffic coming to them from mobile devices in the last year.

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Mobile phones have come a long way since the original, bulky, featureless models of the eighties. Now, we can do almost anything on our phones and consumers rarely put them down. Cellular networks have noticed over the years and responded by beefing up their data networks to support all the Facebooking, Tweeting, sharing, and emailing today's smartphone is capable of. Marketers have taken notice as well. The smart ones are understanding the need to address not only the mobile experience, but the necessity to find ways to reach the mobile consumer.

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Another year in the digital age has come and gone, and ebook sales are still growing at "exponential" rates. All indicators would suggest that we've turned a corner and ebooks have been fully embraced by much of the book-consuming public. It's certainly been a banner year for sales, with record ebook and e-reading device sales. According to a Pew study, Christmas 2011 sales of e-readers and tablets almost doubled all of 2010's ownership rates bringing the market penetration to 20%. You don't have to be a genius to realize Christmas 2012 will likely blow that out of the water. But will those sales turn into long-term ebook growth? You can only sell so many e-reading devices, but there's no limit to ebook sales other than reader demand.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Amazon announced the beta launch of a new, free A/B Testing capability for Kindle Fire developers. Developers can now test simultaneous treatments of their apps, receive data about what's worked best, and quickly adjust their apps to take advantage of this customer learning.

Posted Dec 06, 2012

It's true that with ebooks, we're no longer restricted by the traditional physical constraints. Rather than using this new found freedom to ramble incessantly, many authors have found that the serialization of a lengthy story actually implants the "hook" in a new reader's gills better than if the novel were to appear as a single narrative.

Posted Dec 06, 2012

Amazon.com, Inc. announced that a bonus of $1.5 million has been added to the KDP Select global fund this holiday season. This is on top of the regular monthly fund during from December-February. Authors worldwide can earn a share of the total global fund every time their book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr, and reach more readers than ever before.

Posted Nov 29, 2012

It's the time of year when predictions abound, and in the digital content world, few things are cause for more speculation than mobile revenues. ABI Research data says mobile app revenue will top out at over $30 billion by the end of the year, PCMag reports. That is nearly double what apps raked in last year.

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Alfresco announced a new version of mobile for iOS that transforms devices into productivity tools for the enterprise. While many mobile apps focus on content creation and productivity, Alfresco Mobile 1.4 ups the ante by integrating three key productivity features that save time and increase efficacy for business users.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

OverDrive's newest app showcases the best aspects of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and brings library ebooks to new devices including the Microsoft Surface tablet. Incorporating "action bars" and other dynamic features, OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 enables users to enjoy EPUB ebooks and MP3 audiobooks on computers and mobile devices running Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Mag+ introduced its new Mag+ App SDK (Software Development Kit), which opens the Mag+ engine to publishers, agencies and app developers. Now publishers can choose between using Mag+'s award-winning white-label app or building their own app with the SDK, while still taking advantage of the Mag+ creative toolset and powerful distribution backend.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Just as New York City publishers were bracing for Hurricane Sandy, in stormed the news that Random House and Penguin, two of the largest publishers in the world, would be merging in the second quarter of 2013. [Insert sound of a needle scratching across a record here.] Larger publishers have been gobbling up smaller imprints since the 80s but this, this is something different.

Posted Nov 15, 2012

netizeen, an application for tablets to unleash the social engagement potential of magazines launched its open beta. With netizeen, users are able to interact around content, creating a shared magazine reading experience. It offers readers the potential for real-time conversation with one another. With netizeen's topic-based social structure, readers have a way to discover, connect, and chat in real time. netizeen's social features reflect the growing trend of forming and facilitating communities around content and similar interests.

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Visualead announced the introduction of the Visual QR Code Generator that automatically converts any part of an image into a QR code, enhancing consumer engagement with brands. Visualead's generator enables users to embed QR codes into any image or advertisement in a user-friendly manner without the need for any graphic design skills.

Posted Nov 13, 2012

First there was Blogger. Then there was Twitter. Now, somewhere in between those concepts is Medium, the ambitious new creation of co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, who are responsible for all three social media online publishing tools.Launched recently by Williams' and Stone's Obvious Corp., Medium offers a fresh take on blogging by combining some of the best features already built into competitor sites such as Tumblr, Pinterest, reddit, and Zeen. Medium's design lets users collaborate on works consisting of words and/or images that are published on the site. After reading a work, users can provide feedback to the author, indicate if they liked it, and supplement it with additional content.

Posted Nov 12, 2012

This won't be good news for comic book collectors of the future, but for millions of e-reader owners the announcement that DC Comics will now make its serialized comics available digitally from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Up until now, comic fans could only get graphic novels on their e-readers.

Posted Nov 08, 2012

Curata, Inc., a content curation company that enables marketers and publishers to find, organize, and share content, announced that a mobile app is available in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad users, and the Android Market for Android users. The app enables Curata users to curate on-the-go. Curata expects the mobile app to expedite the curation process as busy marketers are now able to review and sift through content on a mobile device.

Posted Nov 06, 2012

SOA Software,a provider of Enterprise API Management and SOA Governance solutions announced the launch of the First Enterprise API Platform, to help enterprises reach new channels and gain business advantage, throughout all stages of the API lifecycle. The SOA Software Enterprise API Platform addresses enterprise requirements across the entire API lifecycle, with planning, development, runtime, and community management capabilities.

Posted Nov 05, 2012

Close your eyes and say it out loud: book.Now what do you see? When we call something a book, an expectation automatically bubbles to the surface, nurtured by centuries of collective historical memory. The name evokes a specific shape, structure, and format - not to mention an entire catalogue of sensory details. There is romance in its tangibility. Ebook naysayers and wary bibliophiles often refer to the feel and smell of a book, claiming how such simple pleasures are irreplaceable. Perhaps they are.

Posted Nov 01, 2012

Zinio announced a magazine reading app for Windows 8. The release of Zinio for Windows 8 draws upon the unique features of the new operating system to further expand Zinio's host of magazine reading applications for PCs and tablets.

Posted Oct 29, 2012

It used to be that the only data publishers had to work with to determine if a book was a success or a failure were the sales figures. But those numbers only scratch the surface and lead to many more questions than answers. For example, are readers actually finishing a book? And who, exactly, is buying the book?Well, now, thanks to the power of analytics, ebook publishers have the ability to uncover a treasure trove of information about their readers and their behavior. Not only can a publisher find out how many copies have been sold, but it can also determine who is doing the purchasing, how much progress those readers are making, and how much time they're spending with a particular ebook.

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Amazon.com, Inc. introduced a new Kindle app tailored for Windows 8. Customers around the world can now download this free app and read Amazon's millions of ebooks. Kindle books are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" enabling customers to read ebooks on any Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire, as well as the various Kindle apps.

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Amazon revealed its third quarter earning results today, and reported the cpmpany's first quarterly loss in four years. According to the company, the net loss was $274 million in the third quarter. Shares dipped 9% but bounced back quickly.

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Amazon.co.jp announced the new Kindle Paperwhite is coming to Japan for ¥12,980. Amazon also announced the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.jp, with the most titles from this week's Oricon top 100 books, top 50 bunko, and top 100 manga lists and a total of over 50,000 Japanese-language Kindle books including over 10,000 free Japanese titles.

Posted Oct 25, 2012

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