Media Business News and Trends

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of July 2, 2012, with stories on LinkedIn, the top 100 SEO companies, HTML5 and more.

Posted Jul 02, 2012

There is no doubt that the folks over at Flipboard have created a great product and business model for themselves and their investors. It's really almost as simple as the Google model. Create a technology that grabs "other people's content" and assemble it in a new way that the consumer desires and then monetize the heck out of it. Do all of this in the name of a noble mission to truly help provide the content providers with a new way to drive sales and profits and give consumers/readers what they want. This is magical from a P&L standpoint because companies like Google and Flipboard have no content or editorial costs in their business model. Use third party free content and make huge money in the assembly and showcasing of this content.

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Reports suggest that it's likely Amazon Publishing will acquire the assets of defunct Dorchester Publishing, according to Digital Book World. Dorchester, a company known for publishing romance, Westerns, and horror titles, will be put up for auction and Amazon is ready to snatch up Dorchester's backlist of titles.

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Executives at News Corp have confirmed the media giant is considering splitting up the company into two separate entities, according to NPR. If this were to happen, News Corp would break off the entertainment and television divisions from the newspaper and publishing divisions-which have been plagued with legal and publication woes as of late.

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Seth Godin made waves today when, he launched a Kickstarter Campaign for his new book, The Icarus Deception. The goal was to raise $40,000 over the next month or so -- which basically amounts to pre-ordering the book, since backers will get copies of it for their support -- and Godin was able to meet that goal within a few hours. As I write, he's raised nearly $200,000.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

Online video marketing company Alloy Digital announced the acquisition of Clevver Media. Clevver Media is one of YouTube's largest content providers and says it has more subscribers than any other channel on the video site. This is the latest acquisition for Alloy which acquired a number of other media and talent companies over the past year.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

As an applications engineer for Bunchball, an industry leader in the field of gamification, Kasey McCurdy develops front-end applications for the Nitro gamification platform. "I started my career primarily as a designer, and because of my unique background, I often find myself helping with design, user experience, and the overall conceptualization of different products and solutions," McCurdy says. "I get to implement Nitro with a large variety of platforms, from Salesforce.com to Jive Software to mobile."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

In an effort to promote English literacy around the world, the State Department is considering purchasing up to 35,000 Kindle e-readers as well as selected content, according to Nextgov. The Kindles would be distributed to US-friendly educational centers around the world and would be available to those looking to study English and learn about America.

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Asia Pacific media technology platform company Komli has announced it has raised $39 million dollars. The large part of the funding came from Norwest Venture Partners while several other companies also contributed to the funding. All together, Komli has now raised $62 million.

Posted Jun 12, 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

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

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