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Versita announced the launch of Versita Open, a portal that lets publishers of scholarly journals choose an open access model and services that best serve their needs. According to the company, Versita Open has already attracted over 200 journals across numerous disciplines and expects to publish 500 journals in the near future.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

With the proliferation of search-oriented online content providers such as AOL, Yahoo!, Demand Media, and About.com, internet users are increasingly likely to find that most of the general searches they do return results from these SEO-oriented content creators and so-called "content farms". Whether this is a good or a bad thing from the user perspective remains to be seen—and opinions vary. But from general tactics, to long tail search and universal search strategies, SEO remains critical to web publishers.

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Safari Books Online has added mobile functionality to its portal features, compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry, and other browser-capable phones. Features of the Safari Books Online portal, such as the ability to take notes and tag content, have been optimized for mobile use.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

ebrary announced a new program to support the digital content needs of pharmaceutical companies throughout the entire lifecycle of their product. Some notable features of ebrary's program include a choice of different models for acquiring ebooks from publishers such as Springer, Elsevier, and CRC Press; access to DASH!, ebrary's epublishing tool; and access to InfoTools and other research technologies.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

K-NFB Reading Technology announced the release of its free Blio reader. Blio, which is free to download, will be launching Sept. 28 for all Windows-based devices, with applications for iOS and Android operating systems following shortly thereafter. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers, and educational institutions, and supported by fully-customized digital media storefronts.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Project MUSE, a provider of humanities and social science periodical content for libraries, announced a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Called Project MUSE Editions, the initiative will allow ebook collections to be purchased alongside MUSE journal collections beginning next year.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Several companies are teaming up with the Royal Mail to issue the world's first interactive postage stamp. The Royal Mail`s Great British Railway Special Stamp issue will use the Royal Mail channel in the junaio augmented reality platform to provide online content through users' iPhones and Android smartphones.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

MyNewsVu announced a new technology for television news delivery and consumption, a back-end software platform that enables TV news web sites to deliver a personalized TV newscast to individual viewers. Web sites powered by MyNewsVu can deliver individually personalized TV newscasts to internet-enabled TVs, mobile devices, and PCs.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

With more than 100 million pages averaging about 6,000 words each, it goes without saying that NewspaperARCHIVE doesn't go easy on its database and search systems. The service is also constantly expanding and updating its database, which means that a solution that works today might easily prove inadequate tomorrow. When problems began cropping up with its old search solution, NewspaperARCHIVE realized it needed a platform that would be robust enough to handle the company's vast database of content while simultaneously ensuring that users had rapid access to search results.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

Twenty years ago when the web was young, the topic of standards was mainly the purview of computer scientists, engineers, and enterprise technologists. But these days, with the impact of standards on everything from how content displays in various browsers and delivery on emergent devices to cost savings and search engine optimization (SEO), web standards have become everyone's business. Analysis by Nancy Davis Kho.

Posted Sep 06, 2010

Apple announced an array of new features and updates for existing items in its product line, including updated versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch, as well as new features for its popular iTunes platform. According to Apple, iTunes 10 now features a social media component called Ping that will allow users to follow specific artists and friends in much the same was as Facebook and Twitter.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

It's easy to stop thinking about the changing content landscape over the summer. The days are long and hot, and you're more worried about avoiding the heat than you are about the future of media. However, at least two prominent figures still had media on their minds and were making (sometimes outlandish) predictions.

Posted Aug 31, 2010

Inkling launched its etextbook platform (also titled Inkling), with the platform's iPad app being available for immediate download. To support the platform, Inkling also announced content development partnerships with publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, and Cengage Learning.

Posted Aug 24, 2010

A study conducted by Oliver Wyman for Next Issue Media, using Wyman's Future Marketplace Simulation platform, predicted the potential for $3 billion in revenue for interactive, digital publishing products in the U.S. newspaper and magazine industry by 2014. The study surveyed 1,800 U.S. customers, analyzing expected demand across nearly 230 periodicals.

Posted Aug 17, 2010

After the introduction of Lexis for Microsoft Office earlier this year, LexisNexis announced positive feedback for its desktop legal content delivery system. Lexis for Microsoft operates with Word, Outlook, and SharePoint, and offers search capabilities and one-click access to legal files within the Microsoft Office suite.

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

Limelight Networks, Inc. made a foray into cloud-based video publishing and analytics with the purchase of Delve Networks, a privately-held provider of such services. Delve Networks was founded in 2006 in Seattle and provides online businesses with a platform for addition, management, syndication, analysis, and monetization of web video.

Posted Aug 03, 2010

Nuance Communications continued to try to pry market share away from Adobe Acrobat with the release of its latest PDF conversion software. Nuance PDF Converter Enterprise 7 is priced at about one-third the cost of Acrobat, and delivers virtual document assembly capabilities, allowing users to construct a single PDF from component files in multiple formats, including from paper.

Posted Aug 03, 2010

Amazon.com has introduce its new generation of Kindle eReaders, which feature a new electronic-ink screen, a 21 percent smaller body while still keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area, and a 15 percent lighter weight at just 8.7 ounces than the previous generation. Amazon says the new Kindle also offers 20 percent faster page turns, up to one month of battery life, double the storage to 3,500 books, built-in Wi-Fi, a graphite color option and more-all for $189, and still with free 3G wireless-which do not require annual service contracts. Also today, Amazon introduced a new addition to its family of portable reading devices-Kindle Wi-Fi, which will be priced at $139.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) launched a new ebooks site for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, incorporating numerous enhancements to its ebooks platform. According to the organization, the ASME will soon have 100 manuals and handbooks hosted on AIP's Scitation C3 platform by the end of the year.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Workstreamer, a business listening platform secured $3.5 million in funding in a round of Series A funding. The new funds will be used to accelerate the growth of its service, which focuses on monetizing real-time business information. The funding round was led by Austin Ventures, a Texas-based equity firm with a focus on Internet and information services.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Like many of you, I read voraciously. My nightstand is always overflowing, and I'm running out of bookshelf space. Meanwhile, the cost of print publications continues to grow. So how do you cope? One approach is to use an e-reader, but which one?

Posted Jul 23, 2010

STM publisher Informa Healthcare launched a new full-service website that combines its full journal archive with recently published book content, granting users access to approximately 170 journals and 600 ebooks from the same site. Combining the two sets of content allows users to cross-search.

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Content delivery company Highwinds announced that it has acquired BandCon, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based internet infrastructure service provider. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Posted Jul 13, 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

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