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On October 10, 2011, comScore released a report titled "Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits." The report's aim was to uncover the impact of mobile devices, those beyond the computer, on the direction of digital media and digital content distribution and consumption.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

According to the latest report from the Publisher's Information Bureau (PIB), print advertising revenue in tech magazines is up 7.3% for the period of January 1, 2011, through September 31, 2011, as compared to the first three quarters of 2010.

Posted Oct 10, 2011

Springer Science+Business Media has begun digitizing its collection of approximately 65,000 books, some published as far back as the 1840s. The Springer Book Archives project, aimed for completion by the end of 2012, will be available on SpringerLink. This addition to SpringerLink will boost its catalog to over 100,000 ebooks.

Posted Oct 06, 2011

AOL plans to launch 15 new web shows, including one with Jennifer Lopez. Ran Harnevo, executive vice president of AOL Video, says that AOL has decided to "double down" on unique original programming.

Posted Oct 06, 2011

If any company could propel an ebook-first publishing model, it is probably Amazon. With the popularity of the Kindle and the extensive information the company holds on its clients, Amazon is better positioned than most to push targeted ebooks to customers. The company even released a statement earlier this year showing that ebooks are outselling print books on Amazon.com. Despite this, Amazon is foraying further into the print publishing world.

Posted Oct 05, 2011

Jouve Group announced it will convert all of the Frankfurt Academy's digital content into enhanced ebooks. This will include slide presentations, audio files, links to video-streams, extracts, images, and editorial content. Only conference delegates will have access to these ebooks.

Posted Oct 04, 2011

Chegg partnered with Group Commerce to launch Chegg Deals, a daily deal site aimed at college students. According to paidContent, Deals are currently offered in New York City, Miami, Atlanta, and Tempe, Ariz., and are expected to expand nationwide in the future.

Posted Oct 04, 2011

iCopyright launched a new CMS plugin for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. The plugin is free and available for download at www.info.icopyright.com. The plugin aims to provide bloggers and website owners the ability to syndicate, source, share, promote, track, and sell their content.

Posted Sep 29, 2011

Tablet owners are more willing to pay for online content, according to a study by FTI Consulting, Inc., an advisory firm that helps organizations enhance enterprise value. The study, titled "The Effect of Tablets on U.S. Content Consumption," illustrates digital media consumption habits of tablet owners versus smartphone, laptop, or desktop owners.

Posted Sep 27, 2011

In How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months, John Locke, international best-selling author of eleven books in three different genres, reveals the marketing system he created to sell more than 1,100,000 eBooks in five months.

Posted Sep 27, 2011

I have fallen under the spell of one of the most sinister forces in the digital universe. Yes, I'm talking about Angry Birds. I managed to avoid the birds' pull for a long time. In fact, I refused to even download the game until the rest of the world had more or less stopped incessantly talking and tweeting about it. I mean, how great could one game be?

Posted Sep 26, 2011

Engadget announced the release of a free technology news e-magazine, called Distro, which will be available first on the iPad, and then rolled out to other major tablet platforms. The magazine will feature weekly long-form content and reviews from Engadget's editors.

Posted Sep 22, 2011

Public and school libraries powered by OverDrive can now lend ebooks to be read on the Kindle. Amazon and OverDrive first announced the service in April of this year. OverDrive expects to have the Kindle compatibility rolled out to all library sites within days.

Posted Sep 22, 2011

As an editor, my first introduction to digital books was actually as part of the traditional printing process. Over the past few years, I found paper was being used less and less for submissions, galleys, and proofreading. I received electronic versions of the manuscript at various stages and could then email pages to an author for changes rather than mail hard copies, with a quicker response time, and big savings on overnight shipping costs. (And you better believe some of my colleagues resisted those changes as vehemently as they've resisted the ebook.) I've even started editing online, using Microsoft Word and Track Changes rather than a trusty old red pen. The electronic manuscript I work with is in essence an ebook, even though it will eventually be sent to a printer.

Posted Sep 22, 2011

When considering the future of web content management (WCM), it is perhaps helpful to remember that the technology is designed to systemize and automate that which has long been practiced by retailers and expected by consumers in the real world. Just as a shopper who enters a sporting goods store and asks for help finding a fishing rod might beat a hasty retreat if the clerk brings back a soccer ball, visitors to websites expect to be listened to and to receive personalized service. When you figure that an online shopper is not a car drive away from another store but rather just a few quick keyboard strokes away from another website, the pressure to get WCM right mounts exponentially.

Posted Sep 21, 2011

As reported on paidContent, TIME magazine is rolling out niche blogs in an effort to generate more traffic to its website, Time.com. The blogs created so far include Moneyland (finance), Techland (technology), Swampland (politics), and Battleland (military), with plans for more to come later this year.

Posted Sep 20, 2011

Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, LLC released Nursing Education in Video, a collection of educational and training videos for nurses from Medcom-Trainex. The partnership between Alexander Street Press and Medcom-Trainex resulted in a collection of 260 full-length titles.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Publishing Technology, PLC, which provides software and services to the publishing industry, will build an academic publishing platform for GSE Research. The new online platform will use pub2web, Publishing Technology's semantic web-based publishing software. GSE Research hopes to build an interactive sharing community around the platform.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

The Financial Times introduced a free iPad app for How To Spend It, its luxury lifestyle magazine, which offers innovative new ways to present magazine content for iPad. It features searchable content from more than 60 editions of the magazine, with new magazine content posted every day.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Amazon and the Hearst Corporation expanded their relationship regarding consumer marketing, ecommerce, and content. The companies announced that Amazon will become the largest third-party seller of print subscriptions for Hearst's magazines over digital channels, and will also work with Hearst in ecommerce.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Amazon announced that customers with its Kindle with Special Offers and Kindle 3G with Special Offers will also start to receive special offers from AmazonLocal on their Kindle screensavers. Launching in New York City, AmazonLocal for the Kindle will expand to all AmazonLocal cities later this year.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Big media brands are everywhere in our daily lives-on TV, in magazines, and in newspapers-and now even the digital frontier seems to be going the way of mass media. Big brand names are snatching up independent, popular entities, such as blogs, which come equipped with loyal followers. One of the better-known examples is the AOL acquisition of The Huffington Post earlier this year. Subsequently, AOL consolidated its 53 content brands into 20 different "power brands."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Springer Science + Business Media released a new web tool allowing catalogers and librarians to download batches of MARC records or ebook lists to their libraries' Springer ebook collections. The ebook title lists from Springer contain the main bibliographic information and a URL to each ebook on SpringerLink.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Safari Books Online, an on-demand digital library for professionals, announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) renewed its license to Safari Books Online, allowing active and retired members of the military and DOD and their families to access resources in the library.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

The Financial Times introduced Luxury 360, a subsection of FT.com that will contain articles related to the luxury industry. Luxury 360 will aggregate news, analysis, and special features that cover subjects such as high fashion, retail, arts, travel, food and wine, and real estate.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

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