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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

Woodwing released its tablet publishing solution to the public free of charge in in hopes of helping to standardize the process of creating interactive publications for tablets. The open format solution is available for publications on tablets running iOS, Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, HP webOS, and HTML 5.

Posted Apr 12, 2011

If you're an investor, you should know about publishing's dirty little secret. Most book publishers are wasting your money. That's right: They're burning through your cash at an alarming rate in a desperate attempt to keep up with changing user expectations. Publishers are throwing your money at problems that can only really be fixed by changing the way the publishing process works.

Posted Apr 11, 2011

Atex announced its new Tablet Publishing solution, which is designed to help media companies produce tablet editions without the need to add staff or upgrade skillsets or systems. Atex Tablet Publishing combines app-like navigation with support for scrolling and tapping gestures with a user experience built around HTML5. This combination allows media companies to quickly design editions with hyperlinks, videos, and social media sharing, without the need for PDF files or other specialized formats.

Posted Apr 07, 2011

Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions announced the addition of a new open access (OA) publishing option for authors submitting original research articles to the Adis line of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy journals. OA articles will only be published online, and are accessible on AdisOnline and Ovid to read, copy, share and distribute for non-commercial purposes. This is the first time in 40 years that the Adis journals will be available without a pay-per-view or subscription model.

Posted Apr 05, 2011

Cenveo Publisher Services, a global full-service partner of Cadmus Communications, KGL and Glyph, announced its new mobile and desktop content delivery platform for journals, books, magazines, and reprints. Cadmus Mobile dPub is an e-delivery system that allows publishers to distribute content easily on any mobile device via a browser-flexible interface.

Posted Apr 05, 2011

Dawson Books and Semantico, a provider of online publishing services and technology, have agreed to a major program of updates to dawsonera, a publishing platform that allows libraries to build tailored collections of ebooks. The platform, which launched in 2007, now provides more than 170,000 ebooks to more than 450 publishers.

Posted Apr 05, 2011

I've been reserving comment on The Daily - the world's first daily newspaper for tablets, brought to you by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. - because I am having trouble truly deciding what I think about it. As a technology journalist, the concept fascinates me. The iPad was, after all, said to be the publishing industry's savior. As a reader, though, I wasn't all that interested.

Posted Apr 04, 2011

eZ Systems announced a major expansion of its enterprise service, eZ Publish 4.5 release. The new services are only available for eZ Publish Enterprise subscribers. Key features of the expansion are extensible REST API, an asynchronous publishing mechanism to support parallel publishing, a rebuilt service concept based on the eZ Service Network, and the launch of the eZ Market app store.

Posted Mar 31, 2011

ZeroDesktop integrated its cloud-based ZeroPC "transferable desktop" with a productivity suite equivalent to Microsoft Office developed by ThinkFree. The bundle gives ZeroPC users familiar tools to create, open, view, and edit word processing documents, spreadsheets and graphic presentations, including existing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, online.

Posted Mar 29, 2011

People often take for granted the notion that content comes bundled with an inherent value. It's an easy mistake to make, especially with so much digital content available instantly with a price tag helpfully affixed for immediate purchase and consumption. All content experiences are not created equal, however, and that experience can make a world of difference in how valuable content is for a user. Even excellent content can be dragged down by a poor user experience that prevents users from easily finding and engaging with the content they need. With user expectations rising steadily, that failure to engage can translate into poor site ROI and even a major impact on a company's brand.

Posted Mar 25, 2011

For years, I've been saying that to create great marketing content for company websites or social networks, you need to think one thing: Nobody cares about my products and services except for me and others in my organization. What your buyers care about is themselves. Make no mistake, your potential customers care a great deal about solving their problems and are always on the lookout for a company that can help them do so.

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Quark is preparing to release of a large number of XTensions that expand the functionality of the recently-announced QuarkXPress 9, the company's graphic design and page-layout software. QuarkXPress 9 XTensions will give users hundreds of additional ways to add more functionality to QuarkXPress, and were developed by members of QuarkAlliance. XTensions software cover a range of applications, from advanced spell check, pre-flighting, and exporting solutions to translation applications.

Posted Mar 24, 2011

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