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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

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