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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

A closer look at Adobe, which offers the premiere tools for desktop content creation across all platforms.

Posted Nov 14, 2007

A recent partnership launched between Near-Time, Inc. and Wiley Wrox Press has opened the door to interaction among P2P digital publishing communities.

Posted Nov 13, 2007

QuarkAlliance partner picturesafe and Quark Inc. announced an integration between the digital asset management system myCONTENT and the newly announced Quark Publishing System 7 (QPS).

Posted Nov 02, 2007

Hachette Book Group USA, a provider of books in print, online, audio, and print on demand formats, announced that it will produce its content in the new International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) eBook format called ".epub."

Posted Oct 30, 2007

PROOF-it-ONLINE, a provider of web-based interactive approval management solutions to print and creative services companies, announced that the solutions used by companies to streamline the proof approval process, enhance communications, and increase revenues for the offline media audience, are now available for online content designers.

Posted Oct 19, 2007

OCLC, a library cooperative, has added new features and functionality to CONTENTdm, digital collection management software for libraries and other cultural heritage institutions.

Posted Oct 12, 2007

MPS Technologies unveiled BookStore Discovery, a tool designed to enable publishers to make their book content discoverable and accessible to the widest possible audience.

Posted Oct 09, 2007

eZ Systems is expanding its flagship product, eZ Publish, with a new extension, enhanced features, and compatibility with PHP 5.

Posted Oct 05, 2007

Author-it Software Corporation, a provider of software for authoring, content management, publishing, and localization, introduced Author-it 5.0, a content management system that includes interactive authoring memory.

Posted Oct 05, 2007

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