Media Business News and Trends

Social media agency Affinitive has been acquired by global marketing company Project: WorldWide. Affinitive had run over 200 online marketing campaigns, were a Preferred Marketing Developer for Facebook and were a founding member of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.

Posted Jun 12, 2012

Lately, it seems that every other article about ebooks is news about a new lawsuit. Ebooks have a series of legal ramifications inherent to the format, problems that did not exist (or did but to a far lesser degree) in other book formats. Collusion, piracy, and who owns the right to publish what are just a few of the legal boondoggles that ebook publishers and authors are currently facing.

Posted Jun 12, 2012

The ebook might not be a physical thing but its presence was everywhere at BEA 2012. The digital bound galley was utilized much more this year, with access via website download codes. The autograph lines were as long as ever but there was even ebook "autographing" available this year.

Posted Jun 08, 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

For months publishers have been preparing, while librarians, foreign rights specialists, and booksellers planned their trips to New York and strengthened their bound galley-carrying arms. And now it's finally here, the most magical time of the year: Book Expo America! But there may be fewer over-extended elbows this year than ever before. Many publishers are moving to e-galleys and PDF files, saving both printing costs and shoulder pain.

Posted Jun 05, 2012

Things aren't going so well at Groupon today. During early trading, stocks fell 8.7% -- to $9.72. According to CNET, the stock plunge was precipitated by "the insider lockup agreement, or the period after an initial public offering when insiders are unable to sell their stock."

Posted Jun 01, 2012

A new survey from SteelHouse shows that Pinterest users are nearly twice as likely to make purchases from items they have seen posted on the site as compared to Facebook users who see an item in their news feed. According to the survey, 33% of Facebook users said they purchased a product or service seen on Facebook, as compared to 59% of Pinterest users.

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

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been given 14 days to challenge a ruling that would send him back to Sweden to face sexual assault and rape charges, according to The Guardian. The central point Assange's attorney's must challenge would be the interpretation of international treaties determining if a public prosecutor can be considered a "judicial authority" which would make Assange's arrest warrant lawful. If it is determined that a public prosecutor is not a judicial authority, Assange might not face extradition.

Posted May 30, 2012

I started making a lot of hiking plans earlier this spring. I'd adopted a dog in January and had been wandering in the woods almost every weekend since. Then a friend of mine emailed me and asked if I'd be interested in section-hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail-specifically the parts that run through Connecticut and Massachusetts. I'd visited a couple of the Connecticut sections last summer, so I was excited to hit some new spots, this time with the dog in tow.

Posted May 30, 2012

ScribbleLive has announced the release of a new product ScribbleLive Advanced Content Module, which was part of a collaborative effort with The Associated Press. This new product will allow for better real-time journalism, the company says, by allowing news teams to create live blog posts and articles that combine different content such as images, tweets, video, and audio.

Posted May 29, 2012

IBM has announced the closing of its acquisition of Vivisimo. IBM had announced the company was acquiring Vivisimo on April 25, 2012. As a result of the takeover, about 120 Vivisimo employees will join IBM's Software Group and IBM will gain Vivisimo's customers, such as Airbus, the Social Security Administration, the US Navy and Air Force, LexisNexis, and others. IBM believes this move will further strengthen its position in the field of large data analytics as the company sees this industry growing by 40% over the next few years.

Posted May 29, 2012

I refer a lot of consulting projects to my friends these days. But I also keep a few gigs for myself when they seem particularly interesting. These allow me to have a hand in answering pressing questions about digital media and entertainment for hedge funds, private equity groups, and film and TV studios-which means that I spend a lot of time pontificating. With a schedule that leads me to consume content in snack sizes, I thought it'd be fitting to point out some of the tidbits upon which recent media engagements have caused me to pontificate:

Posted May 29, 2012

Imagine being a Digital Native--part of a generation that has never known a world in which the internet didn't exist. From the time you could work a mouse, you were instant messaging your friends and asking Google questions about your homework. Eventually, you probably got a smartphone, and now you can text your friends while in class or scan a bar code in a store to find the best price on your next purchase. And you're also making your way into the workforce.

Posted May 28, 2012

With student loan debt recently topping out at $1 trillion, and the next wave of fresh-faced college graduates taking their newly-inked diplomas straight to the unemployment line, the question of whether higher education is worth the effort, time, and money is on many people's minds. The equation used to be so simple: go to college, complete a degree, and get a job. Not anymore. Luckily, for students with dreams of finding careers in the competitive world of publishing, all hope isn't lost. The Champlain College Publishing Initiative, a student-centric publishing company based at Champlain College, not only teaches students about the publishing industry, it turns them into editors, designers, and publishers, all before they even step foot off campus.

Posted May 25, 2012

A significant decision in the patent infringement case, Oracle v Google, has been reached and a jury has decided that Google's involvement with Android did not infringe on Oracle's patents with Java, according to the Washington Post. As a result, there will be no damages awarded.

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

The digital media industry continues to evolve, in part because of the people who have devoted their time and expertise to advancing the technology and the content that it powers. When we asked industry experts who they felt were the 15 most influential people in digital media, we expected to receive a range of responses. And that's what we got.

Posted May 21, 2012

No one likes to pay for content but a new set of surveys not only suggests that people are becoming less hostile to the idea of paying for digital content, but also reveals what types of content people are willing to pay for. According to a survey from DigiCareers, which looked at habits of US digital media professionals, 42% of respondents say they will explore prices and actually consider a purchase decision.

Posted May 18, 2012

Lately Warren Buffett may be more famous for talking about his tax returns than his business savvy, but that's not stopping him from picking up some new properties. According to the Wall Street Journal, Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy 63 papers from Media General for $142 million.

Posted May 17, 2012

At FishBowl Worldwide Media, an independent production company that develops scripted television, unscripted television, and digital content, Kelly Nash is a manager in the unscripted television division. "I develop new television ideas on my own, and also meet with independent producers in the community who pitch me ideas," Nash says. "When I partner with a producer, we develop the format together as a 50/50 partnership." After putting together a presentation that includes a "sizzle reel" to provide a taste of the show and its characters, the team pitches it to television networks.

Posted May 16, 2012

Seventeen new states have joined together in a class action law suit against Apple and various book publishers bringing the total to 31 states accusing the defendants of conspiring over pricing, according to paidContent. New details about the suit, such as behind the scenes price negotiations have been detailed-including an email from Steve Jobs writing about options publishers had in relation to e-publishing options.

Posted May 15, 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

A study conducted by iYogi Insights reveals that 42% of consumers subscribe to new products and services after experiencing them for free. The findings were based off more than 2,000 iYogi customers and the data shows that a Freemium offering is vital to the success and market penetration for new products and services.

Posted May 10, 2012

Perfect 10, which sells photographs of nude models, has sued the popular blogging site Tumblr in a complaint filed on Monday for failing to remove copyrighted photos from its website, according to an article on paidContent. Perfect 10 says it emailed Tumblr a number of times with requests to remove certain images from the Tumblr website and never got a response.

Posted May 08, 2012

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