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The Google Books settlement saga continued this week as a federal court rejected the search giant's proposed $125 million settlement on the grounds that it would unfairly grant control over published works to Google, to the potential detriment of authors and competitors such as Amazon or Apple.

Posted Mar 24, 2011

When I was a kid, we subscribed to morning and evening newspapers, we sat down with Walter Cronkite each night, and most debates were settled by consulting the Encyclopaedia Britannica. User participation was limited to sedate letters carefully typed out and mailed to the newspaper editor; one didn't engage in a conversation with either Uncle Walter or the EB.

Posted Mar 22, 2011

Last December, WikiLeaks stirred up debate when it, once again, released sensitive government documents to the world. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief, quickly became a public enemy, and the story brought up a wide range of issues about the role of journalists, governments, and the freedom of the press. The leak, however, also raised the question of just what a publication is in the eyes of the government and if press freedom should extend to web-only publications, especially when they may not be based in the U.S. (or anywhere else, in this case).

Posted Mar 15, 2011

The University System of Ohio and Flat World Knowledge have teamed up for a joint pilot program that will allow 1,000 Ohio students to receive digital textbooks for free. Faculty in the pilot who select Flat World textbooks for their courses, and agree to participate in a research project focused on student learning, can offer their students free access to the Flat World Knowledge suite of digital learning materials and low-cost access to print textbooks.

Posted Mar 15, 2011

MarkLogic Corporation announced that its database is now being used to help power the content platform of Zinio, which according to the company is the world's largest digital newsstand. Zinio, allows consumers to get instant access, search, and organization for millions of digital news and entertainment articles. According to the companies, MarkLogic was selected because of its ability to scale to large datasets, as well as the ability to rapidly perform searches.

Posted Mar 10, 2011

AOL announced that it has completed its acquisition of news and opinion web newspaper The Huffington Post for $315 million. AOL will integrate The Huffington Post with AOL Media and AOL Local, resulting in the formation of the Huffington Post Media Group, a source of news, opinion, entertainment, community, and digital information.

Posted Mar 08, 2011

Cengage Learning unveiled its new MindTap line of digital products and services for students at the annual TED conference. The platform is designed to engage students through interactivity while simultaneously offering instructors a choice in content, platforms, devices, and learning tools. MindTap is device agnostic, giving students access to their course materials on desktops, laptops, tablets, or mobile phones.

Posted Mar 03, 2011

The winds of change are blowing-and not just through the EContent office. Sure, I've moved my desk into Michelle's old office, gotten a new view, and taken on a whole new set of responsibilities, but that's not what I'm talking about. No, this past holiday season I headed out to buy an iPod nano as a gift for my brother.

Posted Mar 01, 2011

WoodWing Software announced that it now supports publishing on the newly introduced HP TouchPad tablet, which runs on the HP webOS platform. During the HP Tablet product launch, the publishing capabilities of WoodWing's software were demonstrated through digital editions of Time Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, and Sports Illustrated that were created with the software.

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Quark announced the April 2011 launch of QuarkXPress 9, the newest version of the graphic design and page-layout software. QuarkXPress 9 allows users to publish directly to digital devices without the use of programming code, in addition to supporting print, web and Flash media publishing.

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Access Intelligence will be closing a deal on Feb. 18, to acquire Red 7 Media, producer of event industry brands such as EXPO, Event Marketer, Event Design, and Best Events. AI also recently purchased OR Manager, a media brand and events company targeting OR doctors and managers. Red 7's brands will form a new division in AI, dubbed the Media and Event Marketing Group. The division will be overseen by Kerry Smith, founder and president of Red 7. Smith will also become an SVP at AI.

Posted Feb 17, 2011

TKGB launched today to produce customized, original content for corporate brand clients. The company will be headed by journalist, PR executive and media industry veteran David Noble. For each custom digital publication, TKGB will partner with select corporate and other clients to integrate ads, editorial, and sponsor sections as well as the high-quality original content provided by TKGB's editorial team.

Posted Feb 15, 2011

AOL Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Huffington Post for $315 million, the news, analysis, and lifestyle website founded in 2005, which now counts nearly 25 million unique monthly visitors.The new group will have a combined base of 117 million unique visitors a month in the United States and 270 million around the world. Following the close of this transaction, AOL will accelerate its strategy to deliver a scaled and differentiated array of premium news, analysis, and entertainment produced by thousands of writers, editors, reporters, and videographers around the globe.

Posted Feb 07, 2011

Really Strategies announced the launch of RSuite Cloud, a web-based editorial and production system for automated multilingual publishing to print, web, and ebook formats. RSuite Cloud is a hosted end-to-end content management and publishing system that lets book publishers to create, manage, and distribute single-source content to multiple channels. The system also provides language translation tools to publish in 70 languages.

Posted Feb 03, 2011

Syncro Soft Ltd. released version 12.1 of its Oxygen XML Editor and XML Author, supporting all XML-related technologies. Oxygen combines author features such as the CSS-driven Visual XML editor with an XML development environment. It includes support for all XML schema languages, XSLT/XQuery Debuggers, WSDL analyzer, and XML Databases, as well as others.

Posted Jan 18, 2011

All eyes are on Las Vegas this week as the shiny, new tech toys for 2011 are being unveiled at International CES, held January 6-9. One company launching its products at the show is Live Editions, which provides a range of professional digital publishing products and services that let publishers and information-intensive organizations publish rich, interactive multimedia ebooks or "live editions." The company debuted its products at the Lunch at Piero's media event January 6 and 7."Our solutions enable our clients to repurpose their content by automatically transforming documents into interactive enhanced ePubs, creating new revenue opportunities and leverage their existing content assets," says co-founder Eric Kmiec.

Posted Jan 06, 2011

Children's publishing company Scholastic, Inc. released online learning resource TrueFlix, which includes digitized nonfiction titles from the Children's Press book series True Books. With the tool, teachers in grades 3-5 can help build students' subject content knowledge in science and social studies. Forty-seven titles to date have been digitized with more to come; topics range from climate change and black holes to the Declaration of Independence.

Posted Jan 06, 2011

The OASIS open standards consortium announced that its members have approved Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) version 1.2. DITA defines XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing information in print and on the web. It is used for books, technical manuals, help files, training, and multimedia authoring.

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Springer announced that it would be exclusively responsible for production, marketing, and distribution for the French scientific publishing house Atlantis Press. Atlantis Press will continue to develop its own program of books, primarily in the fields of computer science, mathematics and physics, and will still use the Atlantis Press imprint.

Posted Dec 14, 2010

Copia book clubs have gone virtual, allowing members to read each others thoughts in the margins of their ebooks and to create discussions online about the books they are reading. Readers can share thoughts, highlight important or moving passages, recommend books, and engage with their peers and community in a digital manner.

Posted Dec 09, 2010

Amazon announced that its Kindle for the Web app will enable users to buy and read full Kindle books—no download or installation required. Bookstores and other retailers, authors, bloggers, and other website owners will be able to offer their readers the full text of Kindle books from their sites and will earn referral fees through the Amazon Associates Program for sales made through their sites. Website owners can embed the Kindle for the Web widget to offer Kindle books.

Posted Dec 09, 2010

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that Google has licensed Adobe Content Server 4 software as its ebook content protection solution for Google eBooks. Adobe Content Server enables consumers to purchase or lend ebooks through numerous points-of-purchase without being tied to one store.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

Digital and mobile publishing developer Texterity and design shop The Wonderfactory are launching a joint venture designed to help magazine publishers deliver content across tablet and smart phone operating systems as well as the Web. The companies are launching a newly designed reader interface and a comprehensive library of interactive modules to debut in Q1 2011.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

Innodata Isogen, Inc., an Apple-approved provider of digital publishing and conversion services, has announced the launch of a wide array of custom-designed ebook production services created specifically for publishers and authors to make their work available through Apple's iBookstore.

Posted Nov 30, 2010

Quark has partnered with IXIASOFT to integrate Quark XML Author for Microsoft Word into DITA CMS, IXIASOFT's content management software designed to manage the entire DITA documentation process. Quark XML Author is an XML authoring and editing add-in for Word that allows anyone using Word to create or edit XML content.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

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