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A one year old baby goes back and forth between a magazine and an iPad. So, exactly what's so great about a magazine?

Posted Oct 18, 2011

I first met Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute and organizer of Content Marketing World, at the Niche Magazine Conference in February 2011. He was a featured speaker at the event, and he spoke on a number of topics, mainly social media and content marketing. I enjoyed every session I attended, but his keynote on content marketing was what stuck with me. As the founder of the Content Marketing Institute, you'd expect him to be passionate about content marketing. It was more than that, though. Pulizzi, who's been around the publishing business for a long time, talked about content marketing in a way that "just made sense" for both marketers and publishers.

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Who is the mobile magazine reader? Texterity -- a Southborough, MA-based company that provides digital and mobile publishing solutions -- sought to answer that question in its annual readership survey. The 2011 Mobile App Readership Survey (with results certified by BPA Worldwide) was designed to specifically study magazine app users while on their mobile devices.

Posted Oct 17, 2011

UK Publisher Pan Macmillan is partnering with literary agency Curtis Brown UK to release hundreds of out-of-print titles as digital editions under the imprint Macmillan Bello. Available in both digital and print-on-demand formats, 120 titles will be released in November, with an additional 400 scheduled for release in 2012.

Posted Oct 13, 2011

NewspaperDirect teamed up with Kooaba AG, a Swiss image-recognition startup, to enhance Kooaba's mobile app, Paperboy. Using the app, available on iPhone and Android, readers can take pictures of articles that interest them in their local printed newspapers and then share the articles as PDFs through Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.

Posted Oct 13, 2011

WHSmith announced it would partner with Kobo in the U.K. and Ireland to bring Kobo e-readers and Kobo's ebook store to its customers. More than 750 WHSmith high street and travel stores will carry Kobo's range of Wi-Fi e-readers. WHSmith will also connect its customers with Kobo's ebook store, in lieu of the existing WHSmith ebook store.

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Demand Media, a "content-farm" that uses thousands of freelance writers and editors to generate content for sites such as eHow.com, has reportedly decided to lessen its pace. An email the company sent to its staff, who have produced more than 3 million articles for eHow.com, said that in order to prevent redundancy, fewer assignments would be doled out from now on.

Posted Oct 13, 2011

According to an email sent to Authonomy.com users, the site is launching a digital publishing program devoted to Authonomy's best authors.

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Bowker, a provider of market research information and business intelligence on book markets in the U.S., through BML Bowker, in the U.K., will launch a study that will assess and track device adoption, attitudes, and purchasing habits of e-book consumers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. The study, starting in January 2012 and repeating annually, will enable comparisons between ebook markets in countries experiencing different growth patterns.

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Much like the average American family farm, it seems like content farms may be struggling -- if this week's news about Demand Media is any indicator. One of the biggest and most well-known mass producers of content on the web is cutting back the number of articles it produces, and enraged its freelancers in the process.

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Amazon.com, Inc. debuted 47North, its seventh imprint from Amazon Publishing, which focuses on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 47North launched with 15 books, all of which will be published throughout 2011 and into 2012.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

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

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