Content Delivery

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

The University System of Ohio and Flat World Knowledge have teamed up for a joint pilot program that will allow 1,000 Ohio students to receive digital textbooks for free. Faculty in the pilot who select Flat World textbooks for their courses, and agree to participate in a research project focused on student learning, can offer their students free access to the Flat World Knowledge suite of digital learning materials and low-cost access to print textbooks.

Posted Mar 15, 2011

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and provider of licensing solutions, launched its Rights Delivery Platform. The platform allows for "one-stop shop" access to hundreds of millions of additional rights previously available only through RightsLink installations.

Posted Mar 03, 2011

Google simultaneously announced and released Google One Pass, a new service from the search giant that lets publishers dictate pricing and subscription models for accessing digital content. The service is designed to allow users to access their content on tablets, smartphones, and desktops, using a single sign-on. The service can also accomodate existing subscribers.

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Consider the value if you could learn about the world around you based on where you are using the GPS capability in your smartphone. Imagine for a minute holding up your phone and having relevant content delivered to you based on your physical location at any given moment. There are complex and useful applications of the location dynamic beyond simply communicating "I'm here."

Posted Feb 03, 2011

Really Strategies announced the launch of RSuite Cloud, a web-based editorial and production system for automated multilingual publishing to print, web, and ebook formats. RSuite Cloud is a hosted end-to-end content management and publishing system that lets book publishers to create, manage, and distribute single-source content to multiple channels. The system also provides language translation tools to publish in 70 languages.

Posted Feb 03, 2011

Brainshark, Inc. is releasing apps for the iPhone and iPad, both of which are available for free from Apple's App Store. The app lets iPhone and iPad users access advanced features that improve navigation and accessibility for mobile devices.

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Newstex will now aggregate the Facebook pages of companies into its service, allowing those companies to syndicate their content as a newsfeed to information providers and customers.

Posted Jan 25, 2011

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