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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

Traditional publishers may still have a love-hate relationship with ebooks and e-readers, but self-publishers aren't feeling the least bit conflicted about digital books. In fact, according to a Bowker report, the number of books published digitally has nearly tripled-287% since 2007 to be exact. Many of these digital-only books are self-published.

Posted Oct 25, 2012

The iPad Mini is no longer just a figment of Apple enthusiasts' imaginations. This afternoon, during an event in San Jose, Calif., Apple finally introduced the Mini to the masses. The tablet comes in a 7.9 inches long, and 7.22 mm thick with a $329 starting price.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

The Daily Pilot is making some changes to its distribution, and embracing apps. According to its website, the publication has developed apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, and will subsequently print one less physical edition per week.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

It's been a bad start to the week for Amazon. One Kindle owner is alleging that Amazon deleted her Kindle library and basically said "too bad" when she asked what happened. The story originated on a Norwegian blog, where Amazon UK's response to the Kindle owner's inquiries was posted.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Did you use your cellphone today to read email, check the weather, or scan news headlines? If so, you used a mobile site or mobile app, and you're hardly alone.Nearly half (46%) of all American adults own a smartphone, up 11% from last year, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. More people now own a phone that can access the web-an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device, etc.-than carry a more basic cell.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

As a senior experience architect for Siteworx, Inc., an interactive agency with a focus on agile design, web content management, and systems integration, Dara Pressley says, "I put together the structure, or bones, of a website." She's responsible for user research, information architecture, competitor analysis, and interactive designs, and she also works with a team to produce the work.

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Last month I wrote about some of the immediate effects of the DOJ ebook settlement, including the reduction of prices on many HarperCollins e-books within a few days of the court's acceptance of the settlement. This month Hachette -- a former settlement holdout -- released JK Rowling's first adult book The Casual Vacancy. However, a look at the Amazon Kindle page shows a note that reads, "This price was set by the publisher." When initially released it was listed at $17.99 (and had quite a few formatting errors.). It's been lowered to $14.99 this week, but it's still more than half the list price for the hardcover. Amazon is selling the hardcover below list, at $20.90 but the Kindle edition is still substantially less.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Amazon.com, Inc. announced Whispercast for Kindle, giving schools and business customers a scalable online tool for deploying Kindle devices and Kindle content. Whispercast provides a single access point to purchase and distribute Kindle books and documents for educational, marketing, and employee incentive programs across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications for iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, PCs and Macs. In the coming months, Whispercast will support distribution of Kindle Fire applications.

Posted Oct 17, 2012

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