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Microsoft has been granted a patent for contextual ebook ads, according to Engadget. This means that ebooks could now have advertisements while users are reading. There is speculation as to how this might work, in that companies can try to sell ads in certain genres. Sports companies could find a market to advertise to in sports-related books, etc.

Posted Aug 08, 2012

RteamKZ announced the company has launched a more advanced website search tool for the company's search website, PDF Search Books, to make the process of searching for ebooks quicker. The company saw the need to improve the search feature with the number of ebook offerings growing as well as an expanded customer base.

Posted Aug 08, 2012

Amazon UK is reporting it's selling more ebooks than print books. According to ZDNet, this news comes two years after the Kindle became available to the UK. Company statistics cite that for every 100 print books sold, there are 114 ebooks sold.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

Finland-based company Fluid Interaction announced the release of a new app called twheel. With this app, iPhone users will be able to change the interface to be visualized as a rotating wheel, offering a game-like interface for Twitter. The app will display the most relevant data with visual pop-outs such as colors and form deviations.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

Digital publisher and multimedia content company, Open Road Media, has partnered up with BlogHer, a media network and publisher for women. As a result of this pairing, The BlogHer Voices of the Year: 2012 will be published as an ebook anthology. The selections for the anthology were chosen from a committee which selected 110 works from nearly 1,700 submissions. Open Road Media did not say when the anthology would be published.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

But in light of the e-reader revolution, the great literary debate arose: is the book beyond improvement?I have come to believe that the argument is more philosophically stimulating than truly helpful in the process of content creation. What we have before us is not a matter of improvement, but evolution. We're talking about technology after all. The enhanced ebook may be a bird of a different feather but it still needs two good wings if it's going to fly: a smooth user experience and, of course, a compelling story.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

Internet radio service provider, Pandora, announced new metrics for the company in the month of July 2012. According to the company, listener hours during July were 1.12 billion, which is an increase of 76% from the same time last year. The share of total US radio for Pandora in July was 6.13%, which is an increase from the 3.51% it had last year.

Posted Aug 06, 2012

iPad users will be able to watch a lot more video as Amazon's Instant Video app is now available for the tablet, according to NPR. With this app, users can play all 120,000 titles in Amazon's video library for both rent and purchase. Those subscribed to Amazon Prime will be able to watch over 20,000 videos at no additional charge.

Posted Aug 02, 2012

Cloud content platform company, Alfresco, released the results of the company's 2012 Global Tablet in the Enterprise survey, which polled 308 IT professionals. According to this survey, Alfresco found that mobile and tablet adoption is being led by IT departments. Alfresco believes this finding counteracts the general perception of the "consumerization of IT" trend, meaning employees do not necessarily bring consumer technology into the workplace.

Posted Jul 31, 2012

Barnes & Noble announced that the company's popular e-reader, Nook, will have a map feature available to be downloaded on the Nook app store. But instead of going with Google Maps, the company has decided to partner up with German company, skobbler, and the company's ForeverMap 2, according to paidContent.

Posted Jul 30, 2012

People Magazine announced the company's mobile site will become fully optimized, according to paidContent. Using HTML5, will be formatted to fit smart phones up to 7 inches in size. Along with the size change, the site will offer readers complete desktop content, including celebrity blogs and a snap banner at the bottom of the page.

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Safari Books Online announced the launch of a new app called Safari To Go, which will allow users to consume and manage all Safari Books Online content from mobile devices. The app was designed specifically for Apple and Android devices. With this app, users can pick up a reading on a mobile device from where the user left off on a desktop.

Posted Jul 23, 2012

The June 2012 Triton Webcast Metrics report was released and it shows that the audience for internet radio service Pandora is growing. According to PR Newswire, Pandora had a weekly cumulative audience increase of 6% from March of 2012 to June 2012 in the adult 18-49 demographic. With the amount of total listeners in that demographic, it ranks Pandora as the largest radio network in the US.

Posted Jul 23, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, an older relative of mine mentioned that he'd heard on the radio that a publishing company announced a deal to lend ebooks through libraries. I said, "Well, there are quite a few libraries already lending ebooks right now." He looked confused and said, "No, the radio said this was a new thing." He couldn't/wouldn't believe it was already happening. I have no idea when the last time he actually went to a library was but I was still surprised he didn't already know that library ebooks were an actual thing.

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Audingo, a social media company that allows users to interact with celebrity personalities and organizations, announced it has acquired $3 million in angel funding. With this funding, the company will begin its next phase of development which will expand the platform nationwide. Currently, Audingo is in a pilot plan where the service allowed users to interact with a limited number of celebrity personalities and organizations but the company will be looking to expand its reach.

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Users looking to get the Nook experience on their web browser will now be able to. According to the company's blog, Nook for Web will give users access to the Barnes & Noble Nook Store on a PC or Mac browser. Text will appear in the Nook-like reading environment as users browse and sample books.

Posted Jul 17, 2012

A recent Pew Research survey says that most readers don't know that they may be able to borrow ebooks from their local library. Pew says 12% of American ebook readers from 16-years-old and up, have borrowed an ebook from a library in the last year. Results show that ebook borrowers also tend to read more books than non-borrowers.

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Ebook gift card seller, Livrada, announced a deal to sell its gift cards in Target stores across the US allowing customers to buy a gift card for a specific book title. The cards will be compatible for either Kindle or Nook.

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Amazon announced the launch of GameCircle for the company's Kindle Fire. GameCircle will offer gaming customers a series of features such as achievements to keep track of trophies, leader boards to see how players stack up against others, and a sync feature that lets players save in-game progress. Amazon believes these features will make games more social and fun on the Kindle Fire.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Word up to would-be writers, novelists, self-help scribes and long-form authors everywhere: Get ready to turn the page and make the jump from print to pixels. Because if you haven't transitioned to electronic publishing yet, you'll need to get up to speed fast and not only learn what it takes to make an ebook, but also how and where best to sell it.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

German electronic game investor iVentureCapital announced the launch of TrafficCaptain, an advertising network specializing in mobile and online games. The company says that by using TrafficCaptain, it will offer the gaming industry a tailored distribution network for successful game monetization.

Posted Jul 10, 2012

TED announced the launch of Ted Books for iOS, a new app where users can purchase short, original electronic TED Books, according to paidContent. TED Books are released every two weeks and are typically under 20,000 words. The platform the books will be built upon allows for video and audio features so videos of TED conference speeches can be embedded into books.

Posted Jul 10, 2012

Looking to keep up with new tablets arriving on the market, there are reports that Amazon's Kindle Fire 2 could arrive as soon as this month, according to Wired. China Times reported that Amazon has already ordered two million of the new Fire's from Quanta. Kindle Fire 2 will likely come with a new metal casing, as opposed to the plastic casing on the first iteration.

Posted Jul 09, 2012

Mag+ has announced the launch of its latest digital publishing platform, Mag+ 3.5. With this version, the company says it will be much easier for publishers to develop digital content intended for a range of mobile devices without the need for device-specific iterations. Publishers will be able to transfer creations from one device to another in a new InDesign template and the content will be reconfigured to fit the new device.

Posted Jul 05, 2012

In the digital world, the idea of engagement has a very different meaning. Marketing is no longer a one-way street. Rather, marketers have learned to leverage social media to build two-way conversations in pursuit of that magic word: engagement. Scrolling marquees decorated with hashtags and @ symbols stream across our television screens, encouraging viewers to engage, luring us with the promise of sharing our shout-outs with the world. In the social networking age, companies continuously ask themselves: How do we reach these communities? How do we engage? How do we create valuable conversations?

Posted Jul 04, 2012