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ebrary, a ProQuest LLC business, announced that Wiley, along with more than 50 newly signed publishers will distribute ebooks in Academic Complete as well as other models, including perpetual archive, patron driven acquisition, and short-term loan.

Posted Apr 17, 2012

Blackwell's, a provider of academic, professional, and educational materials in the U.K. chose Ingram Content Group, Inc.'s VitalSource platform to power etextbook solutions for Blackwell's customers. The offering is expected to launch next month.

Posted Apr 17, 2012

As an old school bibliophile, my initial reaction to the e-reader boom was to play the dogged naysayer. And yet, simultaneously, I began to recollect my journey through music technology: "What about the sensory enjoyments of literature?" I wondered. Like many others, I relish the feel of paper against my fingertips and the scent of a new novel. (But how long has it been since I even touched a vinyl LP or heard the click of a cassette?) Why trade paper for yet another screen in my life? (I love my iPod). What about the aesthetic satisfaction of possessing a personal library? (All my CDs, which had been arranged on a dedicated shelf, now live in a shoebox...underneath my bed).

Posted Apr 17, 2012

In an ideal world, all a publisher or media company would have to do to be successful is produce engaging content, and do it consistently. In reality, creating good content isn't enough anymore. As our lives become increasingly reliant on mobile technology, people expect fresh, compelling content, and they want to be able to access that content, anywhere, anytime, and on any device.The good news is that companies no longer need to be convinced about the importance of integrating mobile technologies, such as apps, into content delivery plans. "We're thankfully at a stage where we are no longer talking so much about experimentation," says Peggy Anne Salz, founder and chief analyst at MobileGroove. "We do not have the discussion point any longer of ‘Do I need to be mobile.' That discussion is gone. We are in a phase of execution."

Posted Apr 16, 2012

Last month I mentioned the rumors that the Department of Justice was preparing to file antitrust charges against Apple and five publishers regarding "agency pricing," wherein publishers set a specific price for an ebook and the retailer receives a certain percentage of that price. (Author royalties are paid on cover price in a similar manner.) Yesterday the hammer fell.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

BlackBerry BBM, an encrypted IM service, will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) announced. Users will be able to share tweets or status updates directly from each of the social networks' apps.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Apple and five of the Big Six publishers. Included in complaint are HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, and Macmillan. The DOJ alleges that Apple and the publishers conspired to raise the prices of ebooks by as much as $5, in an effort to prevent Amazon, which prices many of its ebooks at $10, from locking in what publishers believe is an artificially low price.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Toshiba America, Inc. launched three Excite Android tablets, spanning 7.7 inches to 13 inches. Each runs NVIDIA's quadcore Tegra 3 processor. The new Excite 10, Excite 13, and Excite 7.7 tablets run on Android 4.0 and each have front and back cameras.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Amazon announced an In-App Purchasing (IAP) service, which enables developers to offer digital content and subscriptions for purchase within Android-based apps and games. The service seeks to help monetize apps and games.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) reported that sales to U.S. federal agencies are rising and the BlackBerry is still a White House fixture. Sales in the U.S., still RIM's biggest market, fell 57% last quarter, in part because of iPhone and Android proliferation.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

AT&T began offering eligible customers the ability to unlock their iPhone on Sunday and use the device on another carrier. The unlock code is detailed by AT&T in a PDF document, reportedly comes through Apple, and is administered through iTunes.

Posted Apr 09, 2012

A co-branded Android tablet PC from Google and Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. is expected to become available in late July or August. Google is reportedly making design changes in an effort to drop the tablet's price.

Posted Apr 09, 2012

Facebook has purchased Instagram, a popular photo-sharing app, for roughly $1 billion in a combination of cash and stock. The sale is expected to close later this quarter and will bring Instagram's eight-person staff to Facebook.

Posted Apr 09, 2012

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 21% of Americans have read an ebook in the past year. The number of ebook readers grew after a major increase in ownership of ereaders and tablets during the 2011 holiday season, Pew reports.

Posted Apr 05, 2012

Many content publishers and distributors need to change their multi-platform publishing strategies or risk losing their audience, according to a new survey conducted by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). SIIA surveyed 85 media companies, information services companies and publishers of various sizes. The results revealed two significant dichotomies related to multi-platform publishing plans: one between the companies' strategies and practice, and the other between the priorities of different levels of management.

Posted Apr 04, 2012

Advertising Standards Authority Ltd. may sue Apple for misleading consumers about the 4G capabilities of the new iPad in the U.K. Apple describes the new iPad as being 4G capable, but the 4G standard used by the new iPad only works in the U.S. and Canada.

Posted Apr 03, 2012

Google could begin selling tablets that are co-branded with its hardware manufacturer directly to consumers via an online store comparable to Apple's and Amazon's. Rather than just one tablet, however, Google is expected to offer several devices.

Posted Apr 02, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice could reach a settlement in the next few weeks with Apple and some of the major publishers suspected of planning to raise ebook prices, Reuters has reported, citing people close to the negotiations.

Posted Apr 02, 2012

In a private deal, Godengo, Inc., a CMS provider for magazine publishers, acquired Texterity, Inc., a provider of digital magazines and mobile apps. Together, the companies have created a unified platform for leveraging digital, web, and mobile media.

Posted Apr 02, 2012

Apple ads once told us that "There's an app for just about anything." It turns out this wasn't just another catchy marketing slogan. There really is an app for just about anything these days. Just pop open Apple's App Store or Android's Market, and you'll find a buffet of apps waiting to be downloaded, from apps that let you read books and magazines to time killers such as Angry Birds and Words With Friends and constantly updating news applications from CNN and NPR. Whatever you are looking to do with your mobile device, most likely, there's an app to do it. So which publishing and media apps are living up to, and sometimes surpassing, expectations? EContent asked a variety of digital content and mobile application experts, including consultants, bloggers, and publishers, to weed through the competition and pick the apps that have impressed them most.

Posted Apr 02, 2012

Accumulate AB and Potevio have partnered to bring mobile payments, including near field communication solutions, to the Chinese market. The first deployment is slated for 2Q 2012. Solutions will combine Accumulate's mobile security platform with Potevio's resources.

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Amazon's Kindle Touch 3G is now available for pre-order from www.amazon.com to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world. Additionally, all seven Harry Potter books are available to read on all Kindle devices and any of the free Kindle apps.

Posted Mar 29, 2012

The Pottermore ebookstore is now open. All of the Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks are available (DRM-free) for sale for the first time. Pottermore has partnered with Sony, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google to make the ebooks available to a wide audience.

Posted Mar 27, 2012

A student turns her tablet on to read three chapters assigned to her this week. As she reads, she comes across a topic that she would like to learn more about. She leaves her ebook, opens a web browser and runs a search. The ebook might be a great source of information on a single topic, but it fails as a research tool. Why?

Posted Mar 26, 2012

The ASA has been around for more than 100 years and publishes several different peer-reviewed journals as well as books, which means that its library is quite substantial. In order to give its members access to this plethora of information online, the library had been hosted by a third-party vendor. Unfortunately, this made it difficult to manage the content the way the ASA wanted within the vendor's capabilities while staying within the organization's budget. It needed a cost-effective way to house, manage, and control all of this content to fulfill the growing and evolving needs of its members, which included web and mobile access to information in the field.

Posted Mar 23, 2012

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