Media Business News and Trends

The Boston Globe's longstanding Newspaper In Education (NIE) program is launching a digital pilot program that is putting iPads - as well as digital subscriptions to BostonGlobe.com - into public school classrooms in Boston and Stoneham.

Posted Jan 24, 2013

There's a strong case to be made that 2012 was the year Twitter came of age. Founded in 2006, it was one of the earlier Silicon Valley social media Cinderella stories. It overcame a head-scratching premise-remember the days when 140 characters seemed like an impossibly short constraint in which to express oneself?-to become a ubiquitous global channel of information. Twitter is now a de rigueur component of the news media, celebrity entertainment, and even the American political discourse. Think Twitter town hall meetings.

Posted Jan 23, 2013

It was a busy month for ebooks, and Ebookworm is taking a look at all the news -- from the Digital Book World Conference to Pew Ereading Report and the controversy over the lack of a digital edition of Robert Jordan's A Memory of Light.

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Social media often gets a bad rap as the place where self-involved people go to bore their friends-and sometimes complete strangers--with the mundane details of their day, but recently it helped me save my dog's life.

Posted Jan 22, 2013

OpenX Software Ltd., a provider of digital and mobile advertising revenue products and services, announced it has completed a $22.5 million Series E funding round. This brings the total investment in OpenX to more than $70 million. New investor Samsung Venture Investment Corporation led the round. Existing investors Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., and Presidio Ventures also participated in the round. OpenX will use the funds to further accelerate growth, finance additional acquisitions, expand internationally and broaden adoption of its digital revenue platform.

Posted Jan 21, 2013

Guy Kawasaki probably needs no introduction, but just for the record, he is the author of 12 books, a former chief evangelist for Apple, and an entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Alltop.com and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. And now he is an "artisanal publisher." Kawasaki teamed up with Shawn Welch to write and publish APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. Kawasaki is now a bit of an evangelist for "artisanal publishing" and took the time to answer some of EContent's questions about his book and trends in publishing.

Posted Jan 21, 2013

From traditional desktop PCs and laptops to smartphones, tablets, consoles, and interactive TVs, consumers are using more devices than ever before. That puts added pressure on digital content companies (DCCs) to ensure an ideal user experience when people switch between these various screens. As a result, many businesses are turning to responsive web design (RWD), which can create a single source of web content that displays in a readable and relatively controlled way anywhere it's viewed. RWD's single code base delivers to any screen, so that when a change needs to be made to a web page, it only needs to be done once, saving valuable time and money. But while RWD can, under ideal circumstances, adjust your content according to the device and enable more fluid and responsive interaction, it doesn't always work across the board and may not be the best option, especially compared to traditional user experience (UX) design, some experts say.

Posted Jan 18, 2013

TEMIS, a provider of semantic content enrichment solutions, is announced the Luxid Community Platform will be going into open beta this month. The Luxid Community Platform is an online collaboration platform where semantic content enrichment practitioners can meet their peers, exchange best practices, share information extraction components, and accelerate their projects. TEMIS will unveil the Luxid Community Platform in four dedicated events in New York, Berlin, Paris, and London starting January 29, where TEMIS customers and partners will be invited to join the platform and help further shape its directions.

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Ovum has published three "Trends to watch reports" on Cloud computing and predicts that 2013 will see cloud computing continue to grow rapidly. "2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds" report, drills downs into not only private and public cloud trends, but also infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) trends. Meanwhile, "2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Services" report, looks at cloud computing from the point of view of IT service providers. Finally, "2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing" report, looks at the way cloud service providers and consumers adapt to cloud computing both on their own and as part of increasingly sophisticated cloud ecosystems.

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Silvia Hartmann's The Dragon Lords, "the world's first" novel written and edited totally in the cloud, is now available for sale in both ebook and Paperback formats from all major retailers. The book is the outcome of the Naked Writer Project, in which Hartmann wrote the entire 76,000 word novel online in front of a global audience of thousands, who could look in on every key being typed, add their comments and influence the plot.

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Facebook put speculators out of their misery nearly a week after inviting members of the press to "come see what we're building" by finally letting everyone in on the secret at today's event. And as it turns out, some of the prognosticators turned out to be right: it's a search engine.

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Every modern journalist needs a certain set of key skills. Certainly you have to know your way around social media to publicize your work, but these days, you also need to be able understand and make use of data.

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Any self-respecting electronic publisher knows that content must adapt to the latest technologies and platforms to remain relevant to a fickle public. Today that means making your product available on as many portable devices as possible. "Users are turning to their smartphones and tablets more than ever before to search, play, shop and access the content they love while on the go. That's why it's critical to put your content, brand or business on an app, keeping users engaged and tuned in," says Li-at Karpel Gurwicz, marketing manager for Conduit Mobile. "Consumers want to be informed and entertained at the click of a button, and by putting your content at their fingertips at all times, you'll stay ahead of the competition as you increase brand awareness and build your online community."

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Gartner has predicted that, by 2015, "big data" will generate 4.4 million jobs globally. The bad news? Only one-third of those jobs will be filled. Why? There is a shortage of skilled analysts to do the work.

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of January 7, 2013, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.

Posted Jan 10, 2013

The rumor mill is in overdrive thanks to a vague invitation from Facebook to reporters to "come see what we're building." The invite went out on Tuesday, and stocks started to rise on Wednesday while speculation ran wild. The event isn't scheduled until January 15, giving the media plenty of time to guess just what it is that Facebook is building -- and unlike an Apple event, it seems that no one actually knows what will be revealed.

Posted Jan 10, 2013

EBSCO Publishing has expanded its evidence-based healthcare content with the acquisition of PEMSoft, a pediatric point-of-care clinical information resource. PEMSoft is an online clinical library and multimedia decision support system that addresses acute and chronic illness, as well as injury conditions in children from newborn to young adult. PEMSoft was founded in 2003 by Ronald Dieckmann, MD, MPH, and Rob Pitt, MD.

Posted Jan 09, 2013

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) announced that they are merging. SIPA will become a division of SIIA and will continue to offer its membership programs, without change. SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and information industries, will continue to offer all of the same programs and services that are currently available to its members, along with new programs.

Posted Jan 08, 2013

I am a notoriously light packer. This is, in part, because airlines charge an arm and a leg to check bags, but it's also just a personality quirk. I don't like clutter in my home, and I don't like packing a huge suitcase for an overnight business trip. I especially dislike dragging a suitcase into a conference with me, so I've become quite adept at fitting everything I need into one -- admittedly large -- purse. But on my last few trips, my laptop has been posing challenges. It works fine, but it's heavy and by the time I board the train home I have an aching back and sore shoulder.

Posted Jan 08, 2013

Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced the acquisition of Knovel Corp. New York City-based Knovel provides a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.

Posted Jan 07, 2013

The ability to build online networks has been boosted significantly by social media sites that deliver literally millions of potential prospects to content providers hoping to grow an audience. These sites vastly expedite the process of gaining online momentum requiring much less time and expense than what was required prior to the days of Web 2.0.

Posted Jan 07, 2013

"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." When Lord Chesterfield said this, he was more than likely referring to being steadfast in your work ethic, and avoiding procrastination. More often than not, those who begin their tasks early find themselves in a superior position down the line. The same can be said for those who think ahead, so with the new year ahead, it's important to not only live in the now, but prepare for the future.

Posted Jan 04, 2013

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 31, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.

Posted Jan 03, 2013

Classified ads have been the workhorses of the newspaper revenue world for as long as anyone can remember. So is it any surprise that Oodle, a large online classified ad network, is so in demand that it's being carved up between three buyers. It has, however, resulted in a rather confusing arrangement.

Posted Jan 03, 2013

Andrew Sullivan is taking The Dish and going it alone. In a post made on the first workday of the 2013, Sullivan announced he was taking The Dish and leaving The Daily Beast. When the contract expired at the end of 2012, Sullivan says he started mulling over his options:"As usual, we sought your input and the blogosphere's - hence the not-terribly subtle thread that explored whether online readers will ever pay for content, and how. The answer is: no one really knows. But as we debated and discussed that unknowable future, we felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism..."

Posted Jan 02, 2013

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