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Netflix posted third-quarter customer losses that were worse than the company forecasted last month. According to Bloomberg.com, the number of domestic subscribers fell to 23.8 million as of September 30, from 24.6 million three months earlier. Netflix's share price closed on Monday, October 24, at $118.84.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Brainshark, Inc. introduced SlideShark, an app tailored to display PowerPoint presentations on the iPad. SlideShark is available for free download from Apple's App Store. The app is designed to preserve animations, fonts, graphics, and colors. Presentations can be downloaded and played locally, without the requirement of an internet connection.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
Mag+, part of Moving Media+, has provided the Apple Newsstand with almost a dozen magazines designed especially for the iPad. Titles from Mag+ include Popular Science+, Popular Photography+, Outside+, and Maxim+. Newsstand is available with iOS5, which was released last Wednesday.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
Who is the mobile magazine reader? Texterity -- a Southborough, MA-based company that provides digital and mobile publishing solutions -- sought to answer that question in its annual readership survey. The 2011 Mobile App Readership Survey (with results certified by BPA Worldwide) was designed to specifically study magazine app users while on their mobile devices.
Posted Oct 17, 2011
NewspaperDirect teamed up with Kooaba AG, a Swiss image-recognition startup, to enhance Kooaba's mobile app, Paperboy. Using the app, available on iPhone and Android, readers can take pictures of articles that interest them in their local printed newspapers and then share the articles as PDFs through Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
Impelsys, provider of digital delivery solutions, released version 3.2 of its iPublishCentral digital publishing platform, which expands support for mobile devices: the platform's Bookstore-as-an-App framework will now support iPad, iPhone, and Android mobile devices. iPublishCentral 3.2 also lets publishers create and price ebooks in multiple formats, such as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
According to the report, usage of downloaded mobile apps grew 3% from the previous three month period, with 41.6% of the respondents using an app. This made it the fastest growing category in mobile phone content usage. App usage now sits only .5% behind browser usage in the results of this survey.
Posted Oct 05, 2011
Amazon introduced an all-new Kindle family: three all-new Kindle e-readers including the Kindle Fire, an Android-based tablet that gives users access to the wide variety of content available through Amazon including over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon MP3, and over 1,000,000 Kindle books.
Posted Sep 28, 2011
Door Step School of India added a new School on Wheels bus, its seventh, to serve more children in Pune. Door Step School provides education for underprivileged children in both Pune and Mumbai. Each bus is equipped as a classroom, able to accommodate 20 to 25 children. This bus was donated by Springer Science+Business Media.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Netflix will split into two brands: Netflix for streaming, and Qwikster for DVD rental, according to CEO Reed Hastings. As reported on paidContent, the company announced it would be separating the two services and increasing subscription cost earlier this summer, but was criticized for lack of adequate communication on the matter.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
With 165 million viewers, MBC is constantly striving to provide its audience with the highest quality content and best user experience possible. When MBC found that its content management system (CMS), Vignette, which was acquired by Open Text in 2009, was no longer reliable or scalable enough to handle its media demands, it started looking for a replacement; one that would not only support the group's extensive current requirements, but plans for future improvements.
Posted Sep 16, 2011
According to a recent survey of 600 publishers across the trade, professional, and educational markets, the biggest struggle publishers face is maximizing ebook profits as the industry struggles to go digital. Part of the profit problem will be solved as publishers reduce production expenses by moving to scalable digital workflows, rather than retrofitting existing, outdated and inefficient publishing processes. While saving money by increasing productivity and reducing expenses is an important part of gaining a positive return on investment from ebooks and apps, maximizing profits also requires publishers to find innovative ways of earning revenue and turning those dollars into profit.One such strategy is to sell advertisements in ebooks and apps.Ads in books? Heresy you say! Err, not so fast.
Posted Sep 01, 2011
Tapit Media Pty Ltd., a near field communication (NFC) content delivery startup, closed its seed funding round from Sydney Angels Investors. The round closed 22 days after its pitch, a record for the investment group.
Posted Aug 30, 2011
Tablet devices have become increasingly popular with both adults and children, with about 15 million iPads sold in 2010 and Kindle being Amazon.com, Inc.'s top-selling product. When ebooks began to boom and etextbooks hit the market, HMH didn't want to get left behind its competitors. In May 2010, HMH began to conceptualize its first etextbook project. It needed to figure out a way to appropriately and effectively present traditional paperback textbooks in digital app form so that they would engage users.
Posted Aug 26, 2011
Before 2007, the word "kindle" simply meant to light on fire. Since Amazon's release of its Kindle e-reader in November of that year, the product has ignited the emedia market. A new report from InfoTrends, "Reading E-Media: The End User Perspective," addresses the growing markets of e-readers and multipurpose devices such as iPads by questioning consumers about their user experiences with these devices.
Posted Aug 03, 2011
On the surface, it might seem that meeting the needs of a niche audience provides very few opportunities for creativity. It stands to reason that the content demands of a niche audience are limited, because audience members only need content and services related to a specific subject matter or industry and nothing more. That assumption couldn't be further from the truth.
Posted Jul 27, 2011
As the old saying goes, "The world is your oyster." Today, that's certainly the case. Emerging markets in China, India, and Brazil are creating a gold mine of opportunity for organizations savvy enough to tap into the fast-growing international marketplace. Unfortunately, most organizations are woefully unprepared for such an endeavor.
Posted Jul 18, 2011
OverDrive launched the free OverDrive Media Console app for Windows Phone. The app will give readers at 15,000 public, school, and corporate libraries the ability to download ebooks and audiobooks directly to their Windows Phone. Users can use the app to find a library that offers digital books, and then download EPUB ebooks as well as MP3 audiobooks.
Posted Jun 16, 2011
Global information management solution provider SDL announced the release of SDL LiveContent 2011, an application that makes product-related information interactive and context-driven on multiple platforms to promote customer engagement. SDL LiveContent responds to a customer's requests with targeted product information, which it generates from a content database.
Posted May 24, 2011
Ingram Content Group, Inc. and O'Reilly Media partnered to come up with an inventory management initiative integrating O'Reilly's content with Ingram's print, distribution, and inventory management models. The new program uses real-time consumer demand, retail inventory requirements, and demand forecasting to enable O'Reilly to shift its traditional business model from inventory-based approach to an on-demand model.
Posted Apr 12, 2011
Ingram Content Group, Inc., announced that the Lightning Source print on demand (POD) operation will be based in Melbourne, Australia. The company placed the group's fifth networked book manufacturing facility in Melbourne based on its proximity to a large concentration of major publishers and book distributors and to key metropolitan regions in Australia.
Posted Mar 29, 2011
Elearning marketplace OpenSesame announced a new philanthropic partnership with LINGOs (Learning in Non Governmental Organizations), a global consortium of humanitarian organizations. The company plans to work with LINGOs to use the OpenSesame community of elearning buyers and sellers to donate courses and services to LINGOs member organizations. OpenSesame hopes to develop additional elearning resources for LINGOs members and bring more attention to LINGOs' mission.
Posted Mar 24, 2011
New research released by Publishing Technology at BML's annual Books & Consumers Conference found that a third of UK trade publishers surveyed predict that over 10% of their total book revenue will come from ebooks by 2012. The research project was conducted by BML and aimed to survey a selection of hand-picked senior executives at top publishers in the UK publishing industry.
Posted Mar 24, 2011
WoodWing Software announced that Meredith Corporation launched three of its most popular magazine brands on the iPad using WoodWing's Tablet Publishing Solution. Interactive tablet editions of Better Homes and Gardens, Fitness, and Parents are currently available for the iPad, and Meredith plans to expand to other tablet devices, including Android devices.
Posted Mar 22, 2011