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With more than 750 million accounts, Facebook accounts for 90% of all time spent on social networking sites in the U.S. according to comScore, Inc. Add 700 billion minutes per month people spend on Facebook updating statuses, perusing newsfeeds, and commenting on posts, we are talking big numbers. With statistics like these, it is only natural that companies are scrambling to crack the social media code, promote brands, and engage fans with captivating Facebook posts. How to best accomplish this feat is an ongoing question, but Vitrue, a social media publishing software provider, has determined that with the right tools and techniques, the answer may not be as complex as one would think.

Posted Aug 02, 2011

The Harry Potter fan and ebook website Pottermore.com, which officially launches to the public in October, began a contest on July 31 to grant 1 million winners access to the beta site. As part of the "Magical Quill" contest, a clue will be posted on the Pottermore homepage each day for a week. Those who solve the clue then have the opportunity to register for early access to the site. A limited number of people can register each day, and the Pottermore site and @Pottermore Twitter account will indicate when registration for the day has come to a close.

Posted Aug 02, 2011

Interim results from the first half of 2011 reveal that the Financial Times increased its audience and attracted more paying subscribers across all channels. As of June 2011, customers that subscribe to FT.com increased by 34% and the total number of registered users for the site grew to more than 3.7 million. This increase in registered users reflects a 49% growth compared to 2010.

Posted Aug 02, 2011

As part of its shift in strategy following its acquisition of the Huffington Post, AOL is closing several of its main content sites in the UK, according to a report by paidContent. The internet company plans to shut down operations for its AOL Music and FanHouse operations in the UK, following similar closures and consolidations in its US operations.

Posted Jul 28, 2011

Apple is enforcing its new in-app subscription rules for ereader apps, which require that apps be stripped of links to external sites for purchasing digital books or subscriptions. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have since complied with the new terms, removing links to their bookstores from their iOS apps.

Posted Jul 26, 2011

SocialShield takes a bite out of cybercrime, while National Geographic explores corporate strategy. Get the whole story in this week's Peopleware.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Google announced a partnership with JK Rowling's upcoming Pottermore website to help distribute the author's ebooks to users in the U.S. on the Google eBooks platform. When the site launched this fall, the bestselling novel series will be available for purchase and import into the Google Books cloud library, as well as to a variety of other ereading platforms.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Impelsys is releasing iPublishCentral 3.1, an enhanced version of its digital content distribution and sales platform. iPublishCentral gives users access to full-service electronic publishing features that let them publish, deliver, distribute, and market ebooks. The platform comes bundled with a variety of tools to both manage and monetize digital assets without making significant development investments.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Future Publishing, which publishers a variety of magazines such as T3, Total Film, and Guitar World, will be selling or closing several of its print titles and laying off 100 staff as part of a shift to focus primarily on digital publishing instead of print. According to a report in the Guardian, the titles being closed or sold include DVD & Blu-Ray Review, Home Cinema Choice, and Photoshop Focus Guides.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Amazon is debuting a program to allow students to rent textbooks in digital format for their Kindle devices at up to 80% off the list price of the print textbook. Students can choose rental lengths of between 30 and 360 days and pay only for the time they need the textbook, and also have the option to extend rental periods on a daily basis, if need be. The service will give students access to the content on PC, Mac, Kindle, or other mobile device, and will also be able to store highlights, notes, and annotations for access across devices.

Posted Jul 19, 2011

The iriver Story HD e-reader arrives in stores on July 17 for $139.99, and will be the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform. The Story allows users to browse, buy, and read Google eBooks on the e-reader through Wi-Fi. It features a high resolution HD E Ink screen and a keyboard.

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Do you love multitasking on your tablet, jumping from Twitter to email to the latest version of Angry Birds with just a few quick finger taps? Or maybe you find yourself in the e-reader camp, opting to leisurely click through the summer's best-seller on a single-purpose device. According to new studies, those of you on team e-reader are far from alone. Recently, a report produced by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project showed e-reader ownership has doubled over the past six months, while tablet ownership has barely inched forward.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

Springer signed an agreement for a publishing partnership with Asia Briefing Ltd. for technical and business guides. Springer will take over the backlist of around 15 books from Asia Briefing, and reissue them in updated editions, as well as publish five new books each year. The books are written exclusively by legal, accounting, and auditing professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

Access Intelligence, LLC, publisher of min and CableFAX Daily, acquired Cynopsis Media, a producer of daily and weekly e-letters for the television, digital media, kids marketing, and sports media markets. Cynopsis was founded by TV business veteran Cynthia Turner in 1997, and publishes the daily flagship Cynopsis, which covers the TV industry, as well as Cynopsis Digital, Cynopsis Kids and Cynopsis Sports, with nearly 150,000 subscribers in 53 countries.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

Sitecore acquired the development team and the intellectual property of Pectora, a long-standing Sitecore technology partner that provides web publishing solutions for deep integration with print-based projects. According to Sitecore, the combined offering is designed to unify print and web design teams to deliver more dynamic and personalized print media, including brochures, catalogs, and magazines.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc. announced that Vital Source is expanding its e-textbook offering with the acquisition of VPG Integrated Media (VPG), a developer of enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects, and e-whiteboard content, as well as video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

According to a report in the New York Observer, digital retail giant Amazon.com is coming under scrutiny by some in the publishing world for a system by which it offers extra promotion as an incentive for published authors to provide review blurbs for books on its Amazon Publishing imprint.

Posted Jun 30, 2011

WoodWing is augmenting its Tablet Publishing Solution with a new program that's designed to help more publishers deliver digital issues of their daily, weekly, or monthly tablet editions. WoodWing´s new CDS Go! program targets smaller tablet publishers rather than larger enterprises, providing a more flexible and useful billing mode for small- and mid-sized businesses and agencies.

Posted Jun 30, 2011

News Corp. announced that it has found a buyer for ailing social network Myspace. The network will be acquired by Specific Media, a digital media and advertising agency, for a rumored $35mil. The network was placed up for sale earlier this year by owner News Corp., which purchased the network in 2006 for approximately $580 million. As part of the deal, News Corp. has also taken a minority equity stake in Specific Media.

Posted Jun 30, 2011

OverDrive announced that Thomas Nelson, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet will provide simultaneous access ebooks to OverDrive's global network, enabling libraries and schools to provide "always available" ebooks without waiting lists or holds.

Posted Jun 28, 2011

eTeacher's thousands of students come from more than 100 countries worldwide, with many different native tongues. Because of this, each school's site also needs to be translated into multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Russian, and German, in order to effectively function for its target audiences. This has resulted in eTeacher essentially maintaining nearly 20 websites worth of content.

Posted Jun 28, 2011

You know the drill. You log onto Facebook and then, after posting that hilarious status update or checking out the photos of your former classmate's newborn baby, you play your next move in Scrabble, or tend your virtual farm. You, like millions of other people, have fallen under the spell of simple, but compelling (and not to mention free) online game.For an increasing amount of people, it seems playing a game while visiting a website is almost an expectation. In fact, according to a Saatchi & Saatchi report titled "Engagement Unleashed: Gamification for Business, Brands, and Loyalty", 54% of male US internet users play a social game daily-with 46% of women following suit. Games keep users coming back for more. This isn't lost on web publishers.

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier announced that the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect content will be indexed within Serials Solutions' Summon web-scale discovery service. Once the indexing is complete, researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summon service.

Posted Jun 23, 2011

OverDrive announced that booksellers, libraries, and schools in its global network will be able to access 1,500 DRM-free ebook titles from O'Reilly Media. The publisher's entire ebook catalog will be available to OverDrive's channel partners, including those in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other territories. Bestselling ebooks on computer technologies available through the distribution agreement will include iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Head First Java, and Windows 7: Up & Running.

Posted Jun 23, 2011

Adlib announced the general availability of the Adlib Content Transformation Platform, a completely automated transformation solution. The Adlib Platform is designed to streamline document-intensive business processes to help improve efficiency and is designed to be deployed as a shared service. Adlib can scale enterprise-wide, helping centralize content-to-PDF transformation capabilities to multiple applications and departments.

Posted Jun 23, 2011

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