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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

According to a recent survey of 600 publishers across the trade, professional, and educational markets, the biggest struggle publishers face is maximizing ebook profits as the industry struggles to go digital. Part of the profit problem will be solved as publishers reduce production expenses by moving to scalable digital workflows, rather than retrofitting existing, outdated and inefficient publishing processes. While saving money by increasing productivity and reducing expenses is an important part of gaining a positive return on investment from ebooks and apps, maximizing profits also requires publishers to find innovative ways of earning revenue and turning those dollars into profit.One such strategy is to sell advertisements in ebooks and apps.Ads in books? Heresy you say! Err, not so fast.

Posted Sep 01, 2011

The steady increase in ebook sales over the last few years has had a significant impact on the book industry, as publishers have had to rethink long-standing business models. The rise in ebooks' popularity has opened new doors for authors, especially undiscovered authors, who can now turn their manuscripts into ebooks and sell them on ecommerce sites such as Amazon with just a few clicks of the mouse. While much attention has been paid to the changing roles of publishers and authors, little has been said about the roles of literary agents as they also attempt to navigate this evolving landscape.

Posted Aug 31, 2011

Random House Children's Books announced its first Little Golden Books app, The Poky Little Puppy app. Now available on iTunes and complete with the distinctive Little Golden Books gold spine, the app is designed to appeal to children of all reading levels on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Posted Aug 30, 2011

Allrecipes.com, a Reader's Digest Association digital food brand, announced the launch of eight new original web shows premiering across web channels this fall. Allrecipes already maintains a collection of food videos, including Food Wishes, a YouTube collection of how-to food videos, and Allrecipes.com What's Cooking, the recipient of six Telly Awards.

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Amazon launched the Kindle Daily Deal, which offers Amazon customers a discount on one Kindle book each day. The deals will start at midnight Pacific time and continue for a 24 hour period. The discounted titles may be ones which Amazon, rather than the publisher, sets the price on.

Posted Aug 25, 2011

R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Co. acquired Libre Digital and Sequence Personal this week. LibreDigital provides digital publishing and distribution services, and Sequence Personal allows users to create customized publications from publishers' content. The acquisition helps R.R. Donnelley to expand its digital offerings to publishers.

Posted Aug 18, 2011

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