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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

The McGraw-Hill Companies announced the approval of a new Growth and Value Plan that separates the entity into two public companies: McGraw-Hill Markets and McGraw-Hill Education. McGraw-Hill Markets will focus primarily on capital and commodities markets, and McGraw-Hill Education will focus on education services and digital learning.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon plans to launch a digital book rental service for a fixed monthly fee. The library of available books would primarily contain older works, and subscribers would have restrictions on how many books they could access each month. Amazon is currently in talks with book publishers about the service.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Whether the future belongs to downloadable apps or web-based HTML5 sites, the fact of the matter is that the app sensibility born of widgets and the smartphone is going to inform the way in which digital content is built and distributed from now on. App design is already migrating from Apple and Android stores to the web. Just look at Google's Chrome Web Store and Apple's Mac App Store, where content providers such as USA TODAY and Slate essentially port their iPad versions back to the desktop. Just wait for the next wave of major website relaunches: You'll see how publishers are learning from the less cluttered and more immersive examples being set by the app experience.

Posted Sep 12, 2011

The Chief Marketing Officer Council announced a multi-channel, multi-format publishing initiative to deliver a new quarterly journal called PeerSphere. The official journal of the CMO Council, PeerSphere will be available in print as well as digital formats for web, mobile, and tablets.

Posted Sep 08, 2011

SDL, provider of global information management solutions, released SDL EasyTranslator in beta. A free downloadable desktop application, SDL EasyTranslator is designed to give users the tools to translate text from any document and to chat in real time across languages over its free chat services.

Posted Sep 08, 2011

EasyBib worked with Google to introduce a feature that can associate EasyBib bibliography projects with papers in Google Docs. The student-friendly enhancement allows users to link new or existing Google Docs with the bibliographies they are working on; the users can then access their Google Docs directly from the EasyBib site.

Posted Sep 08, 2011

Google is performing a "fall spring-clean" over the coming months, according to its blog. As reported on paidContent, the company is shutting down some of its products and services, and modifying some of its existing products to incorporate features from the discontinued products. Among the shuttered products is Google's Fast Flip.

Posted Sep 08, 2011

The AOL Huffington Post Media Group is working with ebook distributor BookBrewer to release two ebook titles on Sept. 20. For $4.99 each, the ebooks can be purchased from the Amazon Kindle Store in the U.S., Germany, and U.K.; Barnes & Noble Nook Bookstore; Apple iBookstore; and Kobo.

Posted Sep 08, 2011

This past April, 1 month after her highly publicized resignation as CEO of NPR (National Public Radio), Vivian Schiller delivered a warning to her former public radio colleagues, saying, "There is massive change on the horizon." She cautioned that "if you don't aggressively reach out to new audiences on new platforms, someone else will," and she urged public radio to embrace technology by letting go "of the nostalgia for how that content is delivered and how that community is forged. Give the audience what they need and how they need it, and you will be fine." Whether there's any truth behind Schiller's prediction that "new digital-only startups will enter the marketplace in audio" and public radio will find itself "longing for the days when the competition was the radio station that overlapped on your broadcast signal" remains to be seen, but as audiences find new digitally friendly ways to consume content across all public media sectors, her prophecy may soon become reality.

Posted Sep 07, 2011

Publishing Technology, PLC, provider of publishing software and services, expanded into the Chinese market with Publishing Technology China, which will deliver Chinese publishers local online hosting platforms and domestic sales representation. Its offering includes ingentaconnect, a single platform research publishing solution.

Posted Sep 01, 2011

Safari Books Online, an on-demand digital library for technology, digital media, and business professionals, launched a mobile website optimized for high-resolution touch screens to give users a better on-the-go experience with their Safari Books Online Accounts.

Posted Sep 01, 2011

Reports of a second Amazon tablet have surfaced in Taiwan. DigiTimes cites sources who say that Amazon will start manufacturing a 10-inch tablet in Q1 2012. Amazon is slated to come out with a smaller, 7-inch tablet device in October, although nothing has been confirmed by Amazon.

Posted Sep 01, 2011

CNN acquired iPad-magazine start-up Zite. Zite's goal is intelligent media delivery, crafting a different Zite magazine for each reader depending on personal preferences, all from one app. It uses a smart feed reader to personalize content for each reader.

Posted Sep 01, 2011

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