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Editors are not known for embracing change. So when Ebyline surveyed editors to see how social media and SEO have changed their jobs, it's no surprise that many still valued the basics of good journalism over other concerns.According to Ebyline original reporting, depth/expertise, and exclusivity topped the list of content success factors followed by publication title and presentation. At the bottom of the editors' list were social media value, author byline, and SEO-which, to many web-focused audiences, may seem counterintuitive.

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Are the web content management systems (WCMs) that many digital publishers and web content producers use today outdated? Yes, according to a new report authored by Mountain View, Calif.-headquartered market research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan, entitled "Web Content Management Systems: So Five Years Ago."

Posted Aug 08, 2012

But in light of the e-reader revolution, the great literary debate arose: is the book beyond improvement?I have come to believe that the argument is more philosophically stimulating than truly helpful in the process of content creation. What we have before us is not a matter of improvement, but evolution. We're talking about technology after all. The enhanced ebook may be a bird of a different feather but it still needs two good wings if it's going to fly: a smooth user experience and, of course, a compelling story.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

Automattic, the company behind web publishing platform WordPress, announced the expansion of its VIP Featured Partner Program to include interactive agencies. The company will also expand to new platform partners, such as Facebook and Flipboard. By expanding the VIP program, these partners will be able to promote their services and features to large-scale sites, including top media companies, sports leagues, and Fortune 500 companies.

Posted Aug 02, 2012

All this talk about responsive web design among so-called content strategists makes me want to puke. Multi-device layout patterns? Fluid proportion-based grids and flexible images? Progressive enhancement? Unobtrusive JavaScript? Want to barf yet? Who could blame ya?Promulgated by well-intentioned members of the digerati -- folks like information architects and user experience designers -- responsive web design promises to help organizations provide a single source of content that is easy-to-read and navigate, especially when it's being viewed on a mobile device.

Posted Aug 02, 2012

The world is full of blandness. We are guilty of constantly manufacturing for the lowest common denominator. Our culture rewards content that has been homogenized, pasteurized, and scrubbed of anything unique. We have copied what our competition is doing until we are blue in the face. The sea of sameness is prevalent across the board; marketing, communications, sales, and our entire organizations are striving for mediocrity. Fresh ideas are stifled by the layers of corporate bureaucracy and rarely see the light of day. So what do we do?

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Word up to would-be writers, novelists, self-help scribes and long-form authors everywhere: Get ready to turn the page and make the jump from print to pixels. Because if you haven't transitioned to electronic publishing yet, you'll need to get up to speed fast and not only learn what it takes to make an ebook, but also how and where best to sell it.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

In the digital world, the idea of engagement has a very different meaning. Marketing is no longer a one-way street. Rather, marketers have learned to leverage social media to build two-way conversations in pursuit of that magic word: engagement. Scrolling marquees decorated with hashtags and @ symbols stream across our television screens, encouraging viewers to engage, luring us with the promise of sharing our shout-outs with the world. In the social networking age, companies continuously ask themselves: How do we reach these communities? How do we engage? How do we create valuable conversations?

Posted Jul 04, 2012

InboundWriter announced the availability of its latest version of InboundWriter for the iPad as well as other tablets and smart phones. The company saw a trend in consumers moving to tablets, as opposed to laptops, and wanted to ensure InboundWriter availability to mobile users.

Posted Jun 28, 2012

The largest blogging platform in the UK, OverBlog, has announced a new platform which the company says will bring together the various social media postings of bloggers into one live stream. By bringing together the aggregated posts from a variety of social platforms, including blogs, the platform will enable bloggers to assemble their postings in one location.

Posted Jun 18, 2012

At this year's BEA, many digital content companies are focusing on interactive ebooks and self-publishing. OverDrive introduced a new browser based e-reading app, while the industry finally got a look at Kobo's much anticipated Writing Life -- a portal for publishers to turn convert their books to EPUB format.

Posted Jun 06, 2012

Wi-Stylus Mobile Systems has announced a suite of stylus-like pocket device designs which will allow users to write, draw, and communicate in the air or on any surface, person or visible space around them. The company says this new technology is meant to replace traditional note pads or scratch paper used in meetings and will also make digital transfer much easier to a computing device.

Posted May 29, 2012

With student loan debt recently topping out at $1 trillion, and the next wave of fresh-faced college graduates taking their newly-inked diplomas straight to the unemployment line, the question of whether higher education is worth the effort, time, and money is on many people's minds. The equation used to be so simple: go to college, complete a degree, and get a job. Not anymore. Luckily, for students with dreams of finding careers in the competitive world of publishing, all hope isn't lost. The Champlain College Publishing Initiative, a student-centric publishing company based at Champlain College, not only teaches students about the publishing industry, it turns them into editors, designers, and publishers, all before they even step foot off campus.

Posted May 25, 2012

Be it in the form of a private collection of rare manuscripts to the massive assortment of images, documents, letters, and much more gathered at the grandest public institutions, curation - organizing and maintaining a collection -- has been around as long as there were things of value and places to keep them safe. Yet many of these collections sit in isolation, available to only a privileged few. They also are at risk of damage, deterioration, and even destruction.It is with these issues in mind that Gale, part of Cengage Learning, set about to create its Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) collection. NCCO brings together rare primary source materials - monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs and more - from more than 100 individual collections.

Posted May 18, 2012

Zoho announced the launch of Zoho Sites which the company says is an easy to use website builder. By using Zoho Sites, the company believes it will allow businesses to quickly create professional websites without having to code.

Posted May 16, 2012

It's a crisp, chilly evening in October. The sun has just set over the mountains in the distance and long, blue shadows are filling the park beside the white gazebo. A few warm street lamps dot the park in Jonesborough, TN, annual home of the International Storytelling Festival. As the last warm colors disappear into the distance, a lone figure steps onto the stage of the gazebo and begins to spin a yarn. I pull the blanket around me a little tighter. From the railroad tracks to the creek, the audience falls silent as the storyteller kicks off the ghost story portion of the festival.

Posted May 10, 2012

A new plugin developed by iStockphoto is now available for Adobe's just released Creative Suite 6 with the aim to make Adobe's program easier for users to operate. This new plugin will allow users to search and download images within iStockphoto's inventory of comp images without disrupting workflow. iStock believes this plugin will save companies time and by doing so will increase productivity.

Posted May 07, 2012

Adobe has announced that Creative Suite 6 is now available to the public, as reported by This newest version of CS has updated features of Photoshop, Illustrator and others. Once the Adobe Cloud is launched next week, users will be able to download additional apps directly from that.Prices range from $1,299 to $2,599 depending on which version is purchased. CS6 is available through Adobe or re-sellers.

Posted May 07, 2012

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, announced that it has launched its new Editorial Collaboration Platform (ECP). The ECP solution was unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. The ECP provides an online system for editorial planning of web-based publishing and radio and television broadcasting.

Posted May 01, 2012

The familiar refrain "content is king" is no longer true. It's not. Really. Today, in order to be worthy of a royal title, content must be coupled with an exceptional experience that provides outstanding value. Amazing content experiences provide content as a service and take full advantage of our increasingly mobile, web-connected, device-centric world.

Posted Apr 24, 2012

Many media prognosticators continue to spew a doom-and-gloom forecast for online newspapers, digital publishers and marketers, and electronic content providers. But Roger McNamee, managing director/founding partner of private equity firm Elevation Partners, foresees a more optimistic near-term future for these players-provided they get with the program, specifically HTML 5 and mobile apps.

Posted Apr 20, 2012

In today's ultra competitive e-media landscape, there isn't an online publisher or marketer not wondering how to increase revenue and streamline operations to save money; how to improve digital interactivity, personalization, recommendations, and content optimization to increase traffic, engagement, loyalty, eCommerce sales and cross selling brands; or how to use technology to differentiate content packaging from other digital content providers.

Posted Apr 20, 2012

In an ideal world, all a publisher or media company would have to do to be successful is produce engaging content, and do it consistently. In reality, creating good content isn't enough anymore. As our lives become increasingly reliant on mobile technology, people expect fresh, compelling content, and they want to be able to access that content, anywhere, anytime, and on any device.The good news is that companies no longer need to be convinced about the importance of integrating mobile technologies, such as apps, into content delivery plans. "We're thankfully at a stage where we are no longer talking so much about experimentation," says Peggy Anne Salz, founder and chief analyst at MobileGroove. "We do not have the discussion point any longer of ‘Do I need to be mobile.' That discussion is gone. We are in a phase of execution."

Posted Apr 16, 2012

The smell of burnt rubber and champagne fills the air. A flash of fireworks invades my eyes and my ears are still ringing from the roar of engines now silenced. With confetti raining down around us, a hundred lenses all turn in unison to capture one man standing on a car. I lean over to one of the cameramen firing away with his massive lense -- which probably cost more than my car. "I bet you I'll beat you online!" I say with a smile. He smiles back as he eyes my iPhone. "You might be faster, but my quality will blow yours away," he responded. Turns out we were both right.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Paper books are, by nature, static things and so, for the most part, are digital versions of these books. The Oxford English Dictionary reinforces this notion. It defines an ebook as "an electronic version of a printed book," suggesting that these ebooks are little more than replicas of their digital counterparts. When you hear the term "ebook," you probably think of the iPad, Kindle, or perhaps PDF documents. You may think of a static file that is just like a printed book except that you need some kind of digital reading device. That is about to change, as digital documents in general, are being swept up in the collaborative behaviors of social media.

Posted Apr 10, 2012