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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 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 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

Reprints Desk, a content workflow company, secured an exclusive, multi-year contract to provide article reprinting services for the journals published by the American Medical Association. Included in the deal are the Journal of the American Medical Association, nine specialty Archives Journals, American medical News, and Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Quark announced a partnership with, a provider of hosted catalog production services, to help catalog publishers, retailers, mail order producers, and agencies streamline their multichannel catalog production process., based in part on QuarkXPress Server, offers production and print online publishing of catalogs.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

enkHouse, a new digital division of Brown Books Publishing Group, is launching a joint venture with KiwiTech to develop enhanced ebooks and film-based applications for the mobile market. The partnership will give film and television producers new ways to market content by packaging existing video and audio into enhanced ebooks.

Posted Aug 05, 2010

XanEdu, a provider of coursepacks and custom textbooks, launched an iPad publishing program in concert with several academic institutions and Harvest Business School Publishing. The platform is designed to give students and instructors more flexibility in accessing course materials through Apple's recently-released iPad platform.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Day Software Holding AG entered into a definitive agreement for Adobe to acquire all of the publicly held registered shares of Day Software, thereby acquiring the company. The transaction is valued at approximately $240 million, based on current exchange rates.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

The Writers Block (TWB) and Author-it Software Corporation (ASC) partnered to offer content creation and authoring services to the growing Asian market. The alliance will provide users in India with a combination of expertise from TWB and technology from ASC.

Posted Jul 27, 2010

Marion Waldman began Albany, N.Y.-based iD8 Publishing Services in 2005. The company is a vendor for the educational publishing industry, providing a full range of services that take the customer through the early phases of production. An integral part of academic publishing is peer review, which ensures the quality and integrity of a book or journal. However, based on her past experiences, Waldman knew peer review is rarely an efficient process. A first-edition book project, for example, may require up to eight unique reviewers per chapter. Waldman wanted to find an efficient online system that could manage large amounts of qualitative data that could generate reports for authors.

Posted Jul 26, 2010

Squarespace, a web publishing platform, announced the closure of a $38.5 million minority growth investment, led by Index Ventures and Accel Partners. According to the company, this is the first outside capital raised by the company since its foundation in 2003.

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Being the owner of two of the most important e-readers on the market puts me in a unique position to speak to the best and the worst of what e-readers have to offer. In my view, the Kindle - iPad comparisons I have read are usually based on a rather arrogant assumption: that reading books is, somehow, a more worthwhile intellectual pursuit than magazines, newspapers, or other content sources.

Posted Jul 08, 2010

Creator of the "Twitter newspaper site" announced the closing of a round of financing, featuring participation from German tech group Econa, as well as Kima Ventures, and Venture Incubator AG. A number of independent "angel" investors also participated in the round.

Posted Jul 08, 2010

"National Literacy Trust Research Reveals More Young People Own a Mobile Phone Than a Book." Although that headline doesn't tell the whole literacy story, it does kick off this provocative point: "Findings from new National Literacy Trust research ... reveal that 86% of young people in the UK own a mobile phone, while only 73% have books of their own. The study of over 17,000 young people reveals a strong link between both young people's reading ability and access to books at home."

Posted Jul 02, 2010

Quark announced that it has partnered with social computing provider NewsGator to help publishers and other content creators deliver digital content to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and soon, the iPad. Quark Publishing System users can now publish content to Apple's digital devices through a newsreader application created through NewsGator's TapLynx framework.

Posted Jun 29, 2010

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, announced that it is ready to install and support integration between the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform and Adobe's recently announced Digital Publishing Platform.K4 works for users running Adobe CS3, CS4 or CS5.

Posted Jun 29, 2010

The annual Semantics Technology conference (SemTech 2010) is taking place in San Francisco this week, and if the first day of the sessions in the Publishing Track proved anything, it's that semantics for the content industry is poised to explode - if it can just get out of its own way.With attendance up 30% over last year, the 1200 attendees are a testament to the fact that interest in semantics continues to swell, even in, or perhaps because of, a sluggish economy. But the day's sessions zigzagged between the types of technical three-letter-acronym laden presentations by semantic technology vendors that tend to scare off the very buyers who could benefit most from their solutions, and inspiring examples of real world semantic implementation that media and publishing executives could easily extrapolate to address their own specific business challenges.

Posted Jun 28, 2010

Quark lifted the curtain on its new publishing strategy, called Digital Publishing 2.0. The initiative includes new versions of QuarkXPress, Quark Publishing System, and Quark XML Author, aimed at enabling users to create interactive content from color touchscreen devices without any knowledge of programming languages.

Posted Jun 22, 2010

In an increasingly paperless world, does the publishing industry stand a chance? Absolutely. The semantic evolution of web publishing could cut costs, save time, and increase ad revenue.

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Social media company Demand Media unveiled the beta release of its Talent & Expert Network. The network represents a new angle for Demand Media, which seeks to add new personalities to the company's content creation mission.

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Ingram's Lightning Source Inc. announced an expansion of its work with PediaPress, an organization that provides users with tools to create customized books from wiki content. According to the agreement, Lightning Source will support the PediaPress Create a Book custom book feature on the English language Wikipedia site with book manufacturing and distribution.

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Cabinet NG (CNG), a provider of document management and workflow software, announced the availability of the latest version of CNG-WEB, a module that provides a secure web-browser interface to CNG-SAFE. Version 6.2 of CNG-WEb gives users access to workflow and several other new capabilities to the browser based experience.

Posted Jun 03, 2010

Cross-platform publishing company WoodWing Software announced the release of Content Station 7.1. The new version introduces iPad compatibility, support for the Digital Magazine Tools for iPad, and the ability of third-party developers to create plug-ins for Content Station, among other updates.

Posted Jun 01, 2010