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Attributor announced partnerships with Macmillan and Kensington Publishing Corp. to support the Attributor Protected Badge program. The global campaign is a collaborative industry effort to drive consumer awareness about fair trade and distribution of e-books, along with protection of author royalties.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

Over the course of one frenetic week this summer, two major media companies-the Academy Award-winning art-house film production company Miramax and the venerable 77-year-old weekly news magazine Newsweek were sold off to wealthy investors by their longtime parent companies. Before the dust had settled, the bookselling giant Barnes & Noble (B&N) announced that it too was looking for a prospective buyer.

Posted Oct 06, 2010

The analyst and consulting organization, Outsell's Gilbane Group, has announced the release of its latest study, "Smart Content in the Enterprise: How Next Generation XML Applications Deliver New Value to Multiple Stakeholders." Rather than focus on why companies adopt XML in the first place, this research examines the factors that contribute to broader adoption across an organization.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Quark announced that Quark Publishing System can now be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. In uniting the Quark Publishing System with SharePoint, knowledge workers are able to better collaborate within a single system to create, edit, revise, and publish all types of marketing communications.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Vasont Systems launched Vasont WebLNX, a new web-based product for content contributors. Vasont WebLNX allows content contributors to create, update, and submit XML content for final publishing to the Vasont CMS via a secure website.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

ADAM Software is set to release Creative Suite Connector 2.0, the latest version of its software for accessing ADAM-stored online assets from a Mac or Windows computer. The new version will utilize Adobe Drive 2.0, making Creative Suite Connector 2.0 the first digital asset management (DAM) application to interface fully with Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Managing Editor, Inc. (MEI) is now offering training, consulting, and design services for publishers looking to create tablet editions of their products. These new MEI services cover all stages of development, from planning to app deployment.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Barnes & Noble launched PubIt!, a platform that gives independent publishers and authors a means of digitally distributing their works through BN.com and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Barnes & Noble reports that, at the platform's launch, the bookseller added thousands of titles by independent authors and publishers who pre-registered for the service since its announcement.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Given the rise of social media and socially mediated everything-from sales to customer communication-it might seem rather obvious that content consumers want to interact with information and those who produce it. However, as an old school content producer who still produces print publications, I am painfully aware of a "digital divide" that exists between the way we conceive of content for print and the way it wants to be consumed digitally.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

The online platform XinXii.com, a major played in the German-language internet publishing and marketing sphere, is expanding into its neighboring European countries and is now also offering its service of Internet-based publishing and marketing of self-written texts, documents, and e-books in English and French.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

VitalSource Technologies released the VitalSource Bookshelf app for Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch mobile devices. With the addition of the app to VitalSource's line of products and services, faculty and students can now access their content through mobile devices in addition to methods such as integrated downloads.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Semantico has released an updated control panel for the Semantico Information Publishing Platform (SIPP), a platform which, among other uses, allows to create their own microsites. In addition to featuring improved navigation and updated design aesthetic, the control panel allows existing live sites to be updated with new material in addition to giving users the option to test new code-sets in the live environment but not on the live URL.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Atypon announced that the New England Journal of Medicine has selected its Literatum platform to power the journal's digital presence. The NEJM's new site will feature all-new design, enhanced navigation, and rich content, along with such additions as 19 specialty pages, education and training tools, and a complete archive of every article published by the journal since its founding in 1812.

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Ingram Content Group Inc. and Macmillan debuted a new distribution services model that takes advantage of Ingram's print on demand and fulfillment capabilities with Macmillan's publishing program. Under the new service, Macmillan will use Ingram's print on demand and physical distribution infrastructure to handle both traditional inventory processes and POD for "long tail" titles.

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Advertising network VideoEgg is planning to acquire blogging and advertising network Six Apart . Following the acquisition, the newly-formed combined company will change its name to SAY Media, which will be headed up by former VideoEgg CEO Matt Sanchez. Chris Alden, CEO of Six Apart, will step down.

Posted Sep 23, 2010

MarkLogic Corporation and Flatirons Solutions, a systems integrator that develops content technology to address critical business issues, today announced that Flatirons has been named the first North American reseller for MarkLogic's database. According to MarkLogic, the agreement signals a move to enlist trusted reseller partners as part of its aggressive growth strategy.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

JustSystems, the largest independent software vendor in Japan and a worldwide developer of XML and information management technologies, announced that XMetaLĀ® Author Enterprise 6.0, the latest version of the company's XML-based software for structured authoring and content collaboration, is available in Japanese. JustSystems is also collaborating with IBM Japan, Antenna House, and Fuji Xerox to establish the DITA Consortium Japan.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

K-NFB Reading Technology announced the release of its free Blio reader. Blio, which is free to download, will be launching Sept. 28 for all Windows-based devices, with applications for iOS and Android operating systems following shortly thereafter. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers, and educational institutions, and supported by fully-customized digital media storefronts.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Mediaspectrum, Inc. introduced Adrenalin, a complete solution for publishers looking to create a customized news-reading application for Apple's iPad and other tablet devices. Adrenalin provides digital news organizations with dynamic content, integrated advertising, and subscription management, while also offering an opportunity to establish a powerful tablet presence.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Twenty years ago when the web was young, the topic of standards was mainly the purview of computer scientists, engineers, and enterprise technologists. But these days, with the impact of standards on everything from how content displays in various browsers and delivery on emergent devices to cost savings and search engine optimization (SEO), web standards have become everyone's business. Analysis by Nancy Davis Kho.

Posted Sep 06, 2010

As a content management strategist, I've helped clean up some pretty big content messes. And almost all of these expensive content woes could have been avoided if the organizations involved had realized one important fact: Content is a business asset worthy of being managed efficiently and effectively.

Posted Sep 01, 2010

IBM and the European Union (EU) have expanded their research partnership called IMPACT (IMProving ACcess to Text), which will enable the digitization of rare and culturally significant historical texts, to include more than two-dozen national libraries, research institutions, companies, and universities across Europe. IMPACT, funded by EU, offers guidance and new technology to various European institutions.

Posted Aug 31, 2010

Amazon.com released figures showing that orders for the next gen Kindle during the first four weeks of availability exceeded sales for any other Kindle launch in the same timeframe. The company also announced that Kindles became the best-selling product across its Amazon,com and Amazon.co.uk sites.

Posted Aug 26, 2010

MediaBeacon, Inc., a developer of digital asset management and rich media products and software, has entered into an agreement with Aysling Digital Media Solutions which will allow MediaBeacon's digital asset management platform to be integrated and distributed with Aysling's WoodWing Suite of electronic publishing tools. MediaBeacon's presence in WoodWing Suite products will allow more options in the management of rich media during the development of publications.

Posted Aug 24, 2010

There is a new breed of content creator seeking to dominate the world of search-based information gathering by leveraging keyword-driven editorial missions and a huge supply of journalists who currently find themselves in need of revenue streams. Are these so-called content farms the end of cultivated content or do they represent a necessary state in the evolution of the content creation model?

Posted Aug 23, 2010

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