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Internet document-sharing site Scribd has announced a new format, called iPaper, which it has built for the web.

Posted Feb 26, 2008

I admit that I have been a longtime skeptical observer of the digital magazine format, although 6 or 7 years after its introduction the platform is getting some traction with readers and publishers. Generally designed as facsimiles of printed periodicals, the digi-mag always seemed to fill an unnecessary niche between old and new media, between physical magazines and websites. It has the interactivity and rich media potential of a digital product (hot links, embedded multimedia), but it retained the lush design sense of print. But was this a solution in search of a problem?

Posted Feb 19, 2008

CrossRef, an association behind the publisher-linking network, announced that it has launched the beta version of a new plug-in that allows bloggers to look up and insert DOI-enabled citations in the course of authoring a blog

Posted Feb 15, 2008

Nstein Technologies Inc., a provider of online publishing solutions for newspapers, magazines, and online content providers, announced that it has acquired Picdar, a provider of picture and digital asset management in UK.

Posted Feb 15, 2008

HarperCollins Publishers announced a variety of online promotions to allow consumers exclusive sampling of books on its site.

Posted Feb 12, 2008

MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search and referencing solutions, announced GeoTagger OnDemand, a hosted service for digital publishers.

Posted Feb 08, 2008

Recently, the European Commission announced its plans for the European Digital Library (EDL) to develop a prototype site, which will allow users to access digitized content from European archives. The first theme of the prototype, better known as the CITY, will be launched in November 2008.

Posted Feb 07, 2008

MPS Technologies' eBook platform, BookStore, had been used as part of the intense 12 month ACAP pilot scheme that is set to change the relationship between publishers and search engines.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

Ingenta, a technology provider that connects the publishing and information industries, announced a new agreement with Ten Alps.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

The art, science, and craft of typography are thousands of years old. Today, more than 550 years after Gutenberg, anybody with a personal computer can self-publish and anyone with an internet connection can be read by millions. But somewhere in the democratization of the displayed word, many of the traditional lessons of message and meaning have been forgotten.

Posted Jan 31, 2008

As most traditional publishers are painfully aware, digitization has a tendency to commodify everything in its reach. Just think how much of the content we paid for a decade ago—from newspapers to premium video and audio content—is available now at no cost online. From news to business information, phone calls to software applications, the new model is giving away the store in the hopes of making a profit in some other way. Most text and video content relies on advertising to pay its way now, while service-based products, like web applications and digital calling, put some limitations on the free offering in order to upsell a richer version.

Posted Jan 29, 2008

OverDrive, Inc., a provider of digital media services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers, announced that it has begun making available to its customers a hosted application service designed to protect eBooks, digital newspapers and other e-publications for use with Adobe Digital Editions.

Posted Jan 25, 2008

MadCap Software, a provider of multi-channel content authoring, has announced the debut of MadCap Analyzer, software to proactively suggest document development improvements.

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Openads, a developer of a free, open source ad server, announced the completion of its Series B financing.

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Digication Inc., a provider of e-Portfolios, announced that it has partnered with Davis Publications, a provider of art education textbooks, to combine e-Portfolios and Web 2.0 technologies with the content found in traditional textbooks.

Posted Jan 11, 2008

eZ Systems has demonstrated eZ Publish running on Mac OS X Server v10.5 Leopard.

Posted Jan 04, 2008

Quark Inc. and Alfresco Software, Inc. announced a new partnership to develop integrated enterprise-class publishing and content management solutions for professional and corporate publishers.

Posted Dec 21, 2007

Quark Inc. announced the launch of QuarkCopyDesk 7, Quark's text and picture editing software designed for writers, editors, and others who contribute to publishing workflows.

Posted Dec 07, 2007

Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., announced Suitcase Fusion 12.1.7, a free update to its single-user font management application.

Posted Dec 04, 2007

Nuxeo, a provider of open source ECM (Enterprise Content Management) solutions, has been chosen by The Press Association (PA), the national news agency of the UK and Ireland, in an attempt to improve its digital news production process and enable journalists to distribute content online more efficiently.

Posted Nov 27, 2007

Texterity, Inc., a publisher of digital magazines in the United States announced that it now has 52 digital publications now available on the iPhone and iPod touch, along with easier access, improved performance, the ability to view pages, and visit links of advertisers.

Posted Nov 27, 2007

Along with the explosion of social media and user-generated content, the information industry continues to grow. Outsell predicts that the information industry will reach $448 billion in revenues by 2010, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2007 to 2010.

Posted Nov 15, 2007

For the past three years, my annual wrap-up of content management systems has mostly counted the exploding number of branded products, for sale and open source, on the world market—now nearing 3,000. This year, I want to focus on a handful that are doing things so well that they show the way to the future for all the others.

Posted Nov 15, 2007

What a difference a year makes. Since my column in last year’s EC100 issue, content applications of all types have been showing their 2.0 stripes, increasingly blurring the boundaries between web and print, and where their content resides. As “Web 2.0” has become part of our vocabulary, Content 2.0 parallels are blurring web-based and non-web-based content.

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Today in Arizona, pack mules will deliver mail to the Havasupai tribe. Their village, Supai, clings to the side of the Grand Canyon, and—as has been the case for a century—mules still provide the most efficient means of delivering the mail. This isn’t to imply that the Havasupai don’t get email. They are certainly online, as many of the packages delivered to them are products purchased through the web.

Posted Nov 15, 2007

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