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Cloud business content management company SpringCM has announced that SpringCM Mobile for Android devices is now available for download on Google Play and Amazon AppStore. This app allows business people to securely share content and work together from any mobile device. SpringCM says this will allow businesses to efficiently complete tasks while addressing IT requirements to keep content safe.

Posted Jun 07, 2012

Ebook company ebrary has announced their new app for Android devices which the company says will allow users greater access to scholarly ebooks. Among the features of this app will be early check-in of ebrary's ebooks, copy and paste with automatic citation for offline documents, simple and advanced search and seamless downloading of full titles.

Posted Jun 07, 2012

Online marketing company MonetizeDigital has announced a partnership with digital newsstand Zinio. MonetizeDigital and Zinio say this pairing will provide payment alternatives for digital magazines and Zinio Facebook fans will be able to earn credits towards magazine purchases to their smart phone or tablet.

Posted Jun 07, 2012

At this year's BEA, many digital content companies are focusing on interactive ebooks and self-publishing. OverDrive introduced a new browser based e-reading app, while the industry finally got a look at Kobo's much anticipated Writing Life -- a portal for publishers to turn convert their books to EPUB format.

Posted Jun 06, 2012

As a publishing professional with a deep-seated interest in the future of the industry-and, perhaps more importantly, a reader-I'm concerned that by filing an antitrust suit against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, the Department of Justice has effectively legitimized an ebook monopoly for Amazon.

Posted Jun 06, 2012

Vital Source Technology, an Ingram Content company, has announced a new support for EPUB3, which the company says will deliver support for this latest version of EPUB. This new installment of EPUB supports rich media, interactivity, global languages and includes enhanced accessibility features. The company says these new features will greatly improve the quality of ebooks that require rich media.

Posted Jun 04, 2012

Android users are now able to enjoy what their iPhone counterparts have been able to use for quite some time: the popular magazine reading app Flipboard. According to Gigaom, once users sign up on the Android site, they will receive a link to join the beta version of Flipboard. While impatient users found ways to get around waiting for this beta test, which is the official launch of Flipboard for the Android format.

Posted May 31, 2012

Medallion Media Group has announced a new ebook format called TREEbook which includes a time-triggered reading experience which allows the book to generate different story lines based on readers pace and other triggers. The time sensitive story changes will not be made by the reader but by the book itself. This new technology can also give ebooks the options inserting hidden extras and different narratives.

Posted May 31, 2012

Ebook distributor OverDrive announced plans to launch a new ebook reading platform called OverDrive Read. OverDrive Read will enable readers using standard web browsers to read ebooks online and offline without having to install any software or activating their device.

Posted May 31, 2012

We all know the laserdisc wasted little time outliving its usefulness, and in the years since Pioneer released its prized product, we have seen the same thing happen again and again to the likes of the cassette, the floppy disc, the CD, etc. Despite dead technologies being well ingrained in our collective memories, many people are still having trouble recognizing that it may be time to put one of our favorite current technologies, the app, to rest.

Posted May 31, 2012

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook is hoping to release its own smart phone sometime next year with the help of former Apple engineers. The sources for this development come from within Facebook, saying up to six former Apple engineers are developing it.

Posted May 30, 2012

While Tim Cook looks to keep certain Apple practices and traditions in tact, he is also looking to make his own mark on the technology giant, according to Fox News. Speaking at "D: All Things Digital"s Cooks says that as CEO he will be upping Apple's humanitarian efforts around the world and also monitoring the conditions for 700,000 workers in China more closely.

Posted May 30, 2012

Within the next few years, the post-PC world of connected devices is going to have as profound an effect on the buying and selling of goods in this country as the internet has had in the last decade. The velocity with which people are embracing m-commerce and now t-commerce (tapping buy buttons on tablets) is surprising even the cheerleaders of mobile media. Publishers, watch this space. Having your content on handsets and tablets could position your company to be at that lucrative point of sale (POS) in a way never before possible, largely because now the POS can be anywhere inspiration hits.

Posted May 24, 2012

Google CEO Larry Page made it official -- though not "Facebook official" -- yesterday when he announced in a blog post that Google finally closed the Motorola mobility deal, buying the company for a reported $12.5 billion. Page stressed Motrola's willingness to bet on Google's Android operating system, and thanked CEO Sanjay Jha for his confidence before announcing that Jha had stepped down. Taking over as Motorola Mobility CEO is Dennis Woodside.

Posted May 23, 2012

UK bookseller Waterstones has signed an agreement with Amazon to launch new e-reading services as well as offer Kindle digital services though its UK shops. With this agreement, it will allow Waterstones to give digital reading to customers in its stores and be a compliment to their traditional book selling services, which the company says it is committed to.

Posted May 22, 2012

In the months since Pottermore finally opened for business, e-reader enthusiasts have been buying the Harry Potter ebooks in droves. Now Kobo users can also get in on the action, but just like everyone else, they'll have to purchase the ebooks through Pottermore.

Posted May 17, 2012

News in the publishing world this past month has been dominated by the Department of Justice's antitrust suit against several of the biggest US publishers. Authors, agents, and booksellers are sounding off on what they consider to be the severely misguided efforts on the part of the government. The Association of Authors' Representatives board voted unanimously to oppose the suit and settlement and has sent a letter to all members urging them to voice their disapproval as well. Simon Lipskar, an agent with Writers House, has sent his own letter to the justice presiding over the case. (Mr. Lipskar's full letter is available.) He meticulously documents that agency pricing has not harmed consumers and has, in fact, been to their benefit.

Posted May 17, 2012

The new iPhone will have a screen that measures 4 inches diagonally from corner to corner, according to Reuters. This is an increase to previous iPhone screens which currently measure 3.5 inches. The move to a bigger screen might be a response to Samsung's Galaxy phone, which has a 4.8 inch screen and outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2012. Apple has reportedly already started ordering the bigger screens from suppliers.

Posted May 16, 2012

If you are one of the few people left who haven't read the Harry Potter novels, perhaps you just haven't had the right access: hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks sold through the Pottermore website. None of those options worked for you, but don't fret. Starting on June 19, you'll be able to borrow the ebooks from the Kindle Lending Library, giving you one more option to read J.K. Rowling's ubiquitous series.

Posted May 11, 2012

At the Software and Information Industry Association's Content VIA Platforms conference in San Francisco on May 10, the "Gang of Four" - Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook -were omnipresent, even if no one from those organizations was scheduled to speak. Publishers and technology providers used "VIA" to discuss the risks and opportunities in working with these companies, a sign of the importance the four platforms now play in meeting the evolving preferences of eContent consumers.

Posted May 11, 2012

The personalized magazine app, Flipboard, is now available for Android phone users, according to ReadWriteWeb.com. Previously, this popular app was only available to iPhone and iPad users but has finally been ported for Android by a developer at XDA Forums.

Posted May 10, 2012

Facebook announced plans to develop the App Center, which Facebook says will provide users with high-quality apps. According to ReadWriteWeb.com, "Facebook has announced a strict set of style and quality guidelines to get apps placed in App Center. Apps that are considered high-quality, as decided by Facebook's Insights analytics platform, will get prominent placement."

Posted May 10, 2012

Current Analytics has announced the release of mCOMPETE, a new web app that allows subscribers to obtain information and analytics on companies, products, and industry events on their smart phones and tablets. By clicking on an icon on their mobile device, subscribers can get up to date information on a company or product of their choosing and on tablets can compare them side by side. Current Analysis says this will allow subscribers to gain an advantage in business by being able to see reports and other date instantly. This app is available to Apple, Android, and Blackberry operating systems.

Posted May 07, 2012

The explosion of nondesktop access points to information and the proliferation of apps has had-and is likely to continue to have-a significant impact on the way that users seek and access information. Historically, search engines have driven access to content with organizations such as Google leading the pack. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project's "Search Engine Use 2012" report shows Google with a commanding lead-it's used by 83% of those searching online, compared with the next highest, Yahoo!, at just 6%.

Posted May 07, 2012

Barnes & Noble's beleaguered investors got a boost today when Microsoft pumped $300 million into the company for just under a 20% stake in the Nook. The bookseller's stock soared 85%. According to CNN, "Microsoft's investment values the overall Nook business at $1.7 billion, which is more than twice the $792 million market value for all of Barnes & Noble at the close Friday."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

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