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On-demand digital learning library, Safari Books Online, announced the company signed a deal with the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovative Science, Research and Tertiary Education's ebusiness Division to handle online learning programs for the department's 400 employees. Australian government officials decided to go with Safari Books Online based on the user-friendly system and up to date content on Safari Books Online.

Posted Jun 26, 2012

The New York Times and Flipboard have announced a joint venture to bring the Times to Flipboard for the iPad and iPhone. Times subscribers will have access to all content including full articles, videos, photos, and blogs. The New York Times believes partnering up with Flipboard will enhance the "NYT Everywhere" strategy by giving users greater mobile access to the Times while still keeping the subscriber model.

Posted Jun 26, 2012

e-Libro, a Spanish ebook distributor, announced more than 48,000 Spanish-language ebooks are now available on smart phones, tablets and other devices by using ebrary's ebook app program. By using ebrary's iOS and Android apps with Spanish interfaces, it will allow researchers to read Spanish language ebooks covering a wide range of topics on the iPad, iPhone, and numerous Android devices.

Posted Jun 25, 2012

Allen Press announced the company's online journal hosting platform, Pinnacle, will now feature mobile optimization, called Pinnacle for Mobile. Publishers will now be able to present content across all major mobile platforms while controlling access from the institution out to the end users and their devices. Content can be displayed on iOS, Android, and RIM.

Posted Jun 21, 2012

IBM announced new software, IBM Content Navigator, which the company says will help employees gain access to a broad range of business information to get work done from their mobile devices or tablets. Workers will be able to securely access, manage, and gain insight from structured and unstructured content such as emails, documents, and collaboration tools to improve productivity.

Posted Jun 21, 2012

UK company, Bardowl, announced a new service which will allow users to stream audiobooks directly to their iPhones. The company says that by allowing users to stream books, it will eliminate lengthy download times and also allows users to sample a book without having to make a full purchase.

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Amazon announced that app developers are now able to submit apps for distribution this summer to European markets. App developers have been reporting strong monetization, according to Amazon, so the natural next step is to expand the market and broaden Amazon's customer base. The company believes opening up the portal is the way to do that.

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Cambridge Journals Online announced a new feature which will allow users to send articles on the website to their Kindle or Kindle app. By allowing articles to be sent to mobile devices, it will give users more of an option as to how they would like to read the content Cambridge Journals produces.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

Looking to capitalize on a perceived weakness of Apple's iPad, Microsoft has unveiled a new tablet, called Surface, which the company says will be good for creating content, not just consuming it. According to the Seattle PI, the Surface tablet will look to capture the productivity of a PC while giving customers the flexibility of a tablet.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

Amazon Prime customers can now borrow all seven Harry Potter books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. The Lending Library is a benefit to those that belong to Amazon's Prime membership group, which gives those members access to 145,000 books to borrow in addition to 18,000 movies and TV episodes for streaming. Members are allowed to borrow one book at a time with no return dates.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

The web is dead. Apps are the future. Is tech blogger Robert Scoble on the mark when he makes this claim? It all depends on strategy.As a channel to the customer, mobile apps offer significant advantages. They allow companies to generate increased awareness, encourage interaction, and boost loyalty. It's no coincidence that media companies around the world are grasping the opportunity with both hands, producing an avalanche of smartphone apps and iPad apps aimed at getting their content in the hands of customers on the move.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

For some, it might be hard to remember what life was like before smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. How did we ever survive? We had to wait until we were settled in front of our PCs to check our email and watch the latest episodes of our favorite TV shows on our TVs (gasp!). We even had to buy GPS navigators for our cars to find our way to new destinations. Mobile devices and the apps that live on them have certainly made our lives easier-and maybe even more exciting-but they have also had a significant impact on the publishing industry.

Posted Jun 18, 2012

Apple has announced significant changes to its upcoming iOS6, according to Inquisitr. iPhone users who've come to rely on Google Maps are in for a big change. In its place will be software developed by Apple. This new map system will have voice navigation, real-time traffic and a 3-D map feature. Google Map loyalists will still be able to install the app.

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Digital marketing company Webtrends and Ensighten, tag management and privacy solutions company, have partnered up in an effort to create a real-time mobile analytics tag management solution for both iOS and Android apps. With this tag management system, digital marketers can update in-app analytic tags immediately without having to re-compile and wait for app store approval.

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Interactive marketing provider ExactTarget has launched a new app, MobileConnect. The company says this new app will provide marketers with a cloud based application to power SMS alerts and mobile marketing messages worldwide. The company believes this app will provide a new approach to mobile marketing by making it more accessible across email, social media, and the Web.

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Shout! Factory, a multi-platform entertainment company, has announced it has acquired iOS applications Video Time Machine, Political Time Machine and Holiday Time Machine from Original Victories, Inc. Shout! Factory sees these acquisitions as a way to broaden its footprint in the area of entertainment apps.

Posted Jun 12, 2012

Google has announced what it calls, "the first modern ad platform built for the modern digital world" with its new DoubleClick Digital Marketing. With this new platform, Google believes it will integrate multiple systems for online advertisers facilitating communication. Some of the new features for the upgraded DoubleClick include more responsive campaigns that can learn the channels where consumers interact, enabling a better understanding across channels and formats and a smarter creative that works with your media buy which responds in real time.

Posted Jun 11, 2012

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

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