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College textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge has secured $15 million in Series B funding from Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Bessemer Venture Partners, as well as Valhalla Partners, GSA Venture Partners, High Peaks Venture Partners, and other angel investors.

Posted Jan 25, 2011

Lands End is launching its new digital catalogs via an app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The company launched its digital catalog this January with an app that features enhanced functions, including touch, pinch, and zoom gestures. Future versions will also include unique content and video.

Posted Jan 13, 2011

Copia Interactive, LLC announced its application for Windows 7 tablets of its social e-reader, Copia. It has also added features to support IE9 for the Copia Web Portal. The Copia platform was showcased on new Windows 7 tablets and multiple Windows 7 devices at Copia's CES 2011 exhibit.

Posted Jan 11, 2011

ProQuest has acquired ebrary. The agreement will combine the companies' technologies and add a quarter of a million ebooks to ProQuest's content offerings. The combined collection will enable users to search across multiple formats, including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video.

Posted Jan 11, 2011

Amazon's free Buy Once, Read Everywhere Kindle app now includes Windows Phone 7 devices. Kindle for Windows Phone 7 is the first major ebook application available for Windows Phone 7. It includes features built in to a Kindle app for the first time, including personalized recommendations integrated into the app home screen and the ability to send book recommendations without leaving the app. Kindle for Windows Phone 7 can be downloaded from Windows Phone Marketplace.

Posted Jan 06, 2011

According to the DisplaySearch Q4'10 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, internet-connected televisions are forecast to grow to over 122 million in 2014. The report goes on to detail that the growth was fueled by the Japanese market during 2010, and notes that emerging markets such as Eastern Europe will continue driving growth between now and 2014.

Posted Jan 04, 2011

According to Google's Chrome Blog, Google Instant has been added to the browser window, allowing faster navigation to websites. Google has also overhauled V8, its JavaScript engine. Google claims V8 will now run JavaScript programs twice as fast as before.

Posted Dec 09, 2010

Amazon announced that its Kindle for the Web app will enable users to buy and read full Kindle books—no download or installation required. Bookstores and other retailers, authors, bloggers, and other website owners will be able to offer their readers the full text of Kindle books from their sites and will earn referral fees through the Amazon Associates Program for sales made through their sites. Website owners can embed the Kindle for the Web widget to offer Kindle books.

Posted Dec 09, 2010

DataMotion, Inc., a provider of secure information delivery solutions, launched SecureMail for Salesforce, a new application that les Salesforce users ensure sensitive emails and files sent from Salesforce Enterprise Edition are encrypted and secure. SecureMail can also be used when Salesforce is configured to automatically send out messages such as trouble ticket confirmations or messages generated from a programmed workflow, automatically encrypting such communications.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

Digital and mobile publishing developer Texterity and design shop The Wonderfactory are launching a joint venture designed to help magazine publishers deliver content across tablet and smart phone operating systems as well as the Web. The companies are launching a newly designed reader interface and a comprehensive library of interactive modules to debut in Q1 2011.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

Google dove headlong into the ebooks arena with the Google eBookstore, an online storefront included more than 3,000,000 ebook titles. The store includes both current bestsellers and a variety of classics, and is compatible with numerous portable devices, smartphones, and tablets. The service is also tied into the Google eBooks Web Reader, which allows users to read, store, and purchase ebooks through cloud computing.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

Blow up everything you know about content. Today, it's different. Looking back at the last decade and ahead to the next, there are three game-changing opportunities and challenges that, from our perspective at Common Sense Advisory, product planners and marketing managers must engage.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

In August, The Wall Street Journal covered Seth Godin's decision that, going forward, he would solely self-publish. Godin, a best-selling author of marketing books such as Tribes and Permission Marketing, felt he no longer needed his traditional publisher. Notably, Godin defined "publishing" far more broadly than did Penguin Group. He plans on distributing his content in a number of media—audio books, apps, podcasts, print on demand, etc. This may be the beginning of a disintermediation between the content creator and the content user, similar to the old one between library users and high-end digital information.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

Zmags launched Zmags Professional Edition, which the company says will solve three key issues for marketers and ecommerce brands trying to deliver content to their mobile audience: integration between mobile and online shopping, security risks associated with mobile shopping, and delivering rich video.

Posted Nov 18, 2010

It is the very breadth, depth, and possibility inherent in semantic technology that can prevent content companies from experimenting with a technology that may be one of the most useful commercial innovations of the past decade. The murkiness of the word itself—not to mention the standards, acronyms, and jargon that can dominate the discussion of semantics—only adds to the confusion.

Posted Nov 12, 2010

Adeptol, a developer of document viewing technology, released a new mobile viewer based on HTML5 technology that lets users view documents on iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and other mobile phones and tablet devices. Adeptol's Mobile Viewer is a high-speed mobile and smart phone document viewing program built with HTML5 technology, which lets users send a document link to anyone and let them view the document on their phone or tablet device without the need to download a client or application.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Sony announced that its wireless Reader Daily Edition is now available in select retail outlets and online at SonyStyle.com. The new Reader Daily Edition can take advantage of both wi-fi in addition to AT&T's 3G network and will give users the ability to browse, purchase, and download books, as well as select newspapers and magazines. The Reader Daily Edition also features optical touch screen technology, which improves reading clarity.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Adobe Systems launched two new Adobe.com cloud services: Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF. SendNow is a file sharing service which allows users to send large files to one or many recipients, view files that were sent in the past, and keep track of files that have been sent to them.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

Safari Books Online released a free global iPad app called Safari To Go. The app allows Safari Books online subscribers to view book content on their iPad. While the app is similar in function to the Safari Books Online app currently available for the iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, and Android mobile devices, the company reports that it built the iPad app from the ground up.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

NewsGator introduced a new software module for its social computing suite, designed to improve information sharing and business results. News Stream for Social Sites 2010 is an optional extension to NewsGator Social Sites 2010 designed to help paid users more effectively collaborate with colleagues.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

Knovel, a provider of Web-based application integration for technical information and analytical tools, announced that members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) now have access to Knovel. Notable functionality includes simplified navigation, improved browsing and user interface, as well as the ability to save and organize frequent searches, titles, and content. ASME is also offering free access to a collection of Knovel's content and interactive tools.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

SDL released SDL BeGlobal, a cloud-based platform that allows the management and delivery of real-time automated translations of multilingual interactions in all sorts of corporate communications. Combined with SDL TrustScore, the company says, SDL BeGlobal allows content managers and business users to communicate more easily with their global customers.

Posted Nov 02, 2010

Adobe Systems made several announcements at its annual MAX conference, which is being held from Oct. 23-37 in Los Angeles. Among these were several new components for AIR 2.5, the latest iteration of its Flash platform.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Adobe Systems introduced the new Adobe Acrobat X software family, which includes such products as Acrobat X, Reader X, the Acrobat X suite, and new document exchange services available through Acrobat.com. Acrobat X comes equipped with several new features, such as guided "Actions," which allow users to automate routine, multistep tasks.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Overdrive announced that Insight Venture Partners has made a major investment in the company. The investment, subject to regulatory approval, will help Overdrive to expand its resources and capital.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

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