Content Delivery

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 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

That Facebook is no longer just a way for college students to list their favorite bands is not news to anyone. Businesspeople, politicians, corporations, and civic organizations are setting up profiles and using them as important parts of their marketing and networking campaigns. Dyyno, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based video distribution company, is looking to capitalize on these trends with a new Facebook app designed to integrate a user's online broadcasting efforts into a Facebook profile.

Posted Jul 02, 2010

SpringerOpen will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central, the company announced. This means that the entire collection of SpringerOpen journals is fully and immediately open access, and is accessible to anyone with an internet connection without a subscription.

Posted Jun 29, 2010

OCLC is offering a new service where users can find information on WorldCat via Twitter. In order to access the service, #Ask4Stuff, a user inputs the hashtag into a Twitter message with keywords to be searched.

Posted Jun 29, 2010

Financial Markets Framework, a new technology platform aimed at designed to help financial services firms manage data and transaction volumes generated by capital markets around the world. Financial Markets Framework, an open standards-based technology platform, is designed to increase speed and security while lowering latency and the need for monitoring and involvement.

Posted Jun 22, 2010

Barnes & Noble, Inc., in attempt to gain an advantage in the increasingly-crowded e-reader market, announced the addition of the nook Wi-Fi to the company's line of products. The nook Wi-Fi will be the least expensive Barnes & Noble e-reader, at $149.

Posted Jun 22, 2010

Kno, Inc. unveiled its digital textbook and dynamic learning platform specifically designed for college students. Kno, a two-panel touchscreen tablet, is engineered to support textbooks, course material, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more.

Posted Jun 08, 2010

Lexink, a film production, information technology, and advertising company, announced the establishment of its new digital media resale tool. UNLODER, the platform in question, is designed to allow digital media venders to sell their wares at a lower price, helping to eliminate the temptation for customers to resort to downloading material illegally.

Posted Jun 08, 2010

American electronics company Marvell joined forces with Hanwang, a Chinese e-reader manufacturer, to produce the Marvell ARMADA166E, a new product intended to provide the global e-reader market with a competitive, low-cost competitor to current offerings. The ARMADA 166E, due out this fall, features an epaper display and a processing center capable of running the latest Android, Linux, and WinCE operating systems and viewing ePub and PDF files.

Posted Jun 01, 2010

Ebooks have moved out of the niches and into the mainstream, and this panel demonstrated how players of all types are examining the opportunities they present. Not surprisingly, one of the primary concerns forum expressed is confusion given the number of devices and competing standards on the market It is time to rebuild the ebook infrastructure from the ground up.

Posted May 31, 2010

News roulette started out, like so many other projects, with an idle conversation between friends. Intrigued by the idea, Daniel Vydra went to his computer and designed an application that would call up a random article published in The Guardian in the previous 24 hours. Vydra's Random Guardian application is not a major corporate initiative or an attempt to change the way we view news-Random Guardian only took Vydra "2 or 3 hours" to create.

Posted May 28, 2010

Aptara, a digital publishing solution developer, is helping VitalSource, part of Ingram Content Company, make publishers' content accessible to readers with disabilities. By providing content development and conversion services that include tagging specifically for Section 508 of the Federal accessibility guidelines, Aptara's publishing customers will be able to take advantage of VitalSource's Bookshelf e-textbook platform.

Posted May 27, 2010

The number of mobile app downloads will increase from 7 billion in 2009 to an astonishing 50 billion in 2012. That translates into a $17.5 billion market by 2012. Even if these numbers are wildly exaggerated, and there is no reason to believe they are, this is a huge market and it's no wonder content providers everywhere are clamoring for a piece of this action. These numbers are enough to get anyone's attention, but there are many roads that can lead to app success… or failure, so content players need to get an accurate lay of the land.

Posted May 26, 2010

Ebook distributor OverDrive announced that it will release a series of apps that will combine ebooks, audiobooks, and interactive and multimedia content into a single application. The apps will be available for both mobile and desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry.

Posted May 20, 2010

Adobe announced the launch of Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.5, a next-generation, full-featured printing software application that lets users create end-to-end workflows for graphically rich publishing based on Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). The product is built around the new exchange standard for Variable Data Print production - PDF/VT.

Posted May 20, 2010

LibreDigital announced that it has closed an $8.1 million Series C funding round led by new investor S3 Ventures, with participation from existing investors Adams Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company's other key investors include HarperCollins Publishers, The New York Times Company, and Noro-Moseley Partners.

Posted May 20, 2010