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The Financial Times has launched a new, faster and automatically updating app available directly through a web browser at app.ft.com. The FT is the first major news publisher to launch an app of this type, which will allow readers to access its journalism across a broad range of tablet and smartphone devices.

Posted Jun 07, 2011

During a trip down to the Information Today, Inc. offices, I listened to one of my favorite new-to-me podcasts: the Slate Audio Book Club. It's been a long time since I was in a literature class where I argued the merits of Toni Morrison's Beloved or gushed about To Kill a Mockingbird, and I miss it. Moreover, I loved the convenience of using what could have been a tedious 3-hour car trip to let the folks at Slate tackle David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest for me because I just don't know if I have that kind of reading stamina.

Posted Jun 06, 2011

Publishers Communication Group (PCG) opened an office in New Delhi, India. PCG, a division of Publishing Technology plc (LSE: PTO), is a provider of software and services to the publishing industry and will now be offering sales and marketing activities targeting the growing academic readership in India to US and European scholarly publishers.

Posted Jun 02, 2011

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber Limited announced a new partnership to develop a digital content platform for libraries, educators, students and researchers to be sold via subscription and perpetual access to academic institutions. Drama Online, launching in October 2012, is an online resource for plays, critical analysis, and performance.

Posted Jun 02, 2011

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc announced the establishment of a new digital global publisher, Bloomsbury Reader. Bloomsbury Reader will publish books currently unavailable in print where all English-language rights have already reverted to the author or the author's estate and where there is no edition currently in print. Bloomsbury Reader is a digital imprint, since all the books will be sold as ebooks or via print-on-demand.

Posted Jun 02, 2011

The rise of ebooks is bringing with it a new class of author. Fitting firmly into the internet's do-it-yourself ethos, ebook self-publishers are agile, entrepreneurial, and independent. Although still a small segment of the market, this growing body of writers is making its presence known.

Posted Jun 01, 2011

WoodWing Software announced new versions of its cross-media publishing system Enterprise and its iPad Reader App. WoodWing Enterprise consists of the Enterprise Server, the Content Management application Content Station, and the Smart Connection Plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and InCopy.

Posted May 26, 2011

Zmags introduced CommercePro, a merchandising and intelligence platform specifically optimized for e-commerce. CommercePro is a rich media merchandising solution that lets brands and retailers transform content into digital experiences across multiple platforms, including online, mobile, and social.

Posted May 26, 2011

SyncRO Soft Ltd. announced version 12.2 of its oXygen XML Editor and Author, which contain tools that support all XML-related technologies. Version 12.2 of oXygen XML introduces new features: support for editing XSLT and XML Schema modules, a Palette view, EPUB validation, and Ant integration.

Posted May 24, 2011

InTech, a multidisciplinary open access (OA) publisher with a focus on book publishing, employed TBI Communications Ltd., to conduct a survey to discern the varying attitudes about OA, and made the results available. Of InTech's author-base of 25,000, more than 8,000 authors (32%) responded, with the majority of respondents (78%) identifying themselves as researchers.

Posted May 24, 2011

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) released a new version of its InPorter file-import utility that supports version 6 of the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform. vjoon K4 is a database that integrates Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy, and InPorter 3 is a server-side module that streamlines and automates the process of getting content from external sources into the vjoon K4 database.

Posted May 24, 2011

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution, announced that it supported the International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) EPUB 3 standard for digital publications and documents. With 1.6 million users and a presence on 6000 campuses in 180 countries, VitalSource currently delivers tens of thousands of titles from many of the world's leading textbook publishers.

Posted May 24, 2011

On May 17, in Boston, Mass.-the same city that gave us the first telephone call and first email-information professionals gathered at SIIA NetGain 2011, to discuss how organizations can integrate major information trends into business models to promote growth and expand customer reach. With "road trip to innovation" as its catchphrase, and with sessions that tackled topics such as the use of social media in marketing, SIIA NetGain presented attendees with a variety of strategies to help them not only survive in today's competitive market, but to succeed in the future.

Posted May 19, 2011

Element Fusion, developer of Web content management system LightCMS, announced a major expansion of the platform's e-commerce functionalities. The platform now gives users the ability to create and maintain a dynamic online presence for users who want to buy and sell online. Through the integrated online store, LightCMS provides site owners with the ability to highlight content such as blogs, forms, and photo galleries alongside products. The new e-commerce functionality gives users the ability to make changes right on the page so that businesses and designers have an easy way to manage all aspects of their website.

Posted May 19, 2011

Information Today, Inc.'s vice president of content, Richard T. Kaser is now blogging at http://kaser.infotodayblog.com/ Over the coming days, Kaser will chronicle his mobile evolution as he goes on the road, sans laptop, for two weeks with only his iPad to keep him company.

Posted May 17, 2011

I have a not-so-secret secret. I like to write fiction and hope to someday write the great American novel, leave behind my glamorous life as a technology journalist, and retreat to the woods of New Hampshire to become a Salinger-esque recluse. Of course, that little confession could have been made by just about anyone who makes his or her living as a writer of any sort. But wait … I am, as aforementioned, a technology journalist! Shouldn't I be leaving the fuddy-duddy world of publishing behind and hawking my works of literary genius on the web?

Posted May 16, 2011

Trivantis, the company behind the Lectora e-learning brand, announced the company's plans to acquire its partner Flypaper Studio, Inc., providers of a Flash content creation and digital signage platform. The transaction is planned to combine Trivantis' experience in the e-learning industry with the Flash and digital signage markets targeted by the Flypaper platform.

Posted May 12, 2011

JCA, a provider of media management services, is adding a hotline for both customers and non-customers who find themselves tackling emergencies with their digital content. The "panic button" is available on the company's website, and will direct users to details of the new hotline, which supports last minute calls for help on restoration, content digitization, and re-formatting projects.

Posted May 05, 2011

WikiLeaks has raised a lot of questions, most of which have nothing to do with the stolen documents the organization leaked to the world. Julian Assange and his whistle-blowing organization have made many people question the notion of the press and wonder what implications these kinds of organizations have for businesses with confidential information. All these questions have spurred the American government to act.

Posted May 04, 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc. and Recorded Books, a publisher and distributor of spoken word audio, have announced a content distribution agreement that let the two companies create a comprehensive e-audio solution. The collaboration will give publishers access to a substantially larger audience of audio book purchasers, and will grant libraries access to a broader selection of titles for their patrons through Recorded Books' OneClickdigital platform.

Posted Apr 21, 2011

Quark is releasing QuarkXPress Server 9, the latest version of Quark's dynamic publishing server for systems integrators and application developers. QuarkXPress Server 9 features a web-based user and administrator interface that lets users access the server from any enabled computer for configuration and management. The release also includes complete compatibility with QuarkXPress 9, and allows third-party developers to offer hosted software as a service (SaaS) solutions such as Web-to-print offerings.

Posted Apr 21, 2011

The content strategies of old media outlets are getting a complete overhaul: undergoing a little nip here and a tuck thereto meet users' expectations for instantaneous, scalable delivery to the devices and platforms of their choosing while stillproviding content worth viewing. Some companies find themselves stuck between old and new media silos, but according to Ron Miller, a freelance journalist covering the technology and media industries, the real solution lies in picking the best from both worlds--thoughtfully adapted content that provides additional context through new media devices and applications to create an innovative user experience.

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Ingram Content Group, Inc. and O'Reilly Media partnered to come up with an inventory management initiative integrating O'Reilly's content with Ingram's print, distribution, and inventory management models. The new program uses real-time consumer demand, retail inventory requirements, and demand forecasting to enable O'Reilly to shift its traditional business model from inventory-based approach to an on-demand model.

Posted Apr 12, 2011

Adobe announced that the Creative Suite 5.5 release would feature advancements in mobile application development tools, including new tooling and framework support in Flash Builder 4.5, which enables mobile app development, testing, and deployment on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms. Adobe partnered with Zend Technologies to deliver the Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software.

Posted Apr 12, 2011

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