Content Delivery

Level 3 Communications Content Markets Group, an international communications company, announced that it has expanded its suite of content delivery services to include a new service it calls Content Delivery for Extended Libraries (CDXL).

Posted Apr 15, 2008

Google has announced a preview release of Google App Engine, an application-hosting tool that developers can use to build scalable web apps on top of Google's infrastructure.

Posted Apr 11, 2008

Velocix, provider of a digital asset delivery network, announced the addition of a complete family of Live Video Streaming solutions to its current product portfolio.

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Ingram Digital, an Ingram Content company, announced that it is enhancing the structure of its organization in an attempt to meet the increasing demands of its customers.

Posted Mar 14, 2008

OverDrive, an eBook and digital audiobook distributor to retailers, libraries, and schools, announced that it is providing both inventory and the underlying technology for the new download audiobook service officially unveiled this month in Borders' new concept store located in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Posted Mar 11, 2008

The Pulp and Paper Products Council reported recently that more than 900,000 tons of newsprint were produced in June. In the U.S., 55 million newspapers are sold each day. That’s a lot of trees to cut down, process, print, and deliver, with lots of fossil fuels consumed in the process. What is the alternative—move everything to the web? Broadband isn’t always available (certainly on the DC Metro), so this would limit content access. Web delivery isn’t completely eco-friendly either. Estimates of our total national energy bill devoted to information technology range up to 14%. Unlike your laptop or refrigerator, web servers must run continuously.

Posted Mar 11, 2008

Mochila, an online media marketplace for text, photo, and video content and Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM), a provider of locally-focused web solutions for television and radio broadcasters announced a joint partnership.

Posted Mar 07, 2008

Offering a variety of gateways to access—from the familiarity of a web browser to the hand-held reader in an easy chair-—ebooks are here to stay. However, as the market matures, they continue to change … and to change the way we think about their print counterparts.

Posted Mar 06, 2008

Given the wide range of content and the many different objectives, it is difficult to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) on content. One way to get a handle on this information is to use web analytics software to help you identify a range of metrics that, depending on your goals, help you decide if you are getting a decent ROI.

Posted Mar 04, 2008

Panther Express, a provider of content delivery services, announced the completion of a $15.75 million Series B round of venture financing led by Index Ventures.

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Internet document-sharing site Scribd has announced a new format, called iPaper, which it has built for the web.

Posted Feb 26, 2008

Zinio has announced two initiatives : the launch of an online Global Newsstand and a partnership spanning Europe and Latin America with Acceso Group, a company part-owned by both Havas Media and ISP.

Posted Feb 26, 2008

I have strong evidence that “negative” headlines often generate a lot more clicks than “positive” ones. Why do tabloid newspapers put scandals on the cover? Because those big, fat, nasty headlines sell newspapers. Several of my blogger friends have experimented with negative headlines with fascinating results. For example, Jonathan Kranz, a freelance copywriter who works with companies to create marketing materials has a link on his site “Important Reasons NOT to Hire Me.” Here are some of the reasons: “You like jargon,” “You want to play it safe,” and “You like vague messaging.” Kranz says the negative word “NOT” attracts attention.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

I admit that I have been a longtime skeptical observer of the digital magazine format, although 6 or 7 years after its introduction the platform is getting some traction with readers and publishers. Generally designed as facsimiles of printed periodicals, the digi-mag always seemed to fill an unnecessary niche between old and new media, between physical magazines and websites. It has the interactivity and rich media potential of a digital product (hot links, embedded multimedia), but it retained the lush design sense of print. But was this a solution in search of a problem?

Posted Feb 19, 2008

I threw away my dictionary. Tossed it. Considered my cluttered desk and decided it was time to take a critical look at what was crowding this valuable real estate. I gathered a stack of books I've always kept near at hand and, as I wiped the dust off of them, came to the realization that, while I look up the occasional tricky bit of grammar in my tiny, trusty Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, I literally haven't used my dictionary or thesaurus in years.

Posted Feb 19, 2008

Sony launched eStories, its short stories initiative involving over 1,000 stories from America's authors, including all 120 stories by Philip K. Dick, whose stories and novels have inspired numerous Hollywood films including "Minority Report" and "Blade Runner".

Posted Feb 05, 2008

A colleague recently pointed me to, a market research aggregator that promotes its free, short industry profiles as well as access to off-the-shelf market research reports and customized research. What I initially found interesting was that it had a real Web 2.0 feel. The free industry reports are in the MarketWikis area of the website, and they are, in fact, in a wiki format, complete with discussion and edit tabs.

Posted Feb 05, 2008, Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

RSS Feed Creator, a software tool designed to create, edit, and publish RSS feeds, has been released by Webvigour Software.

Posted Jan 22, 2008

MPS Technologies announced that it has made over 1,900 Palgrave Macmillan books available to browse and search online through their BookStore Discovery platform.

Posted Jan 15, 2008

Internap Network Services Corporation, a global provider of end-to-end internet business solutions, announced the completion of its previously-announced plans to expand the company's global content delivery network (CDN) to Hong Kong and Tokyo by adding two new CDN Points of Presence (PoPs).

Posted Jan 11, 2008

NewsGator announced the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, FeedDemon 2.6, and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0.

Posted Jan 11, 2008

ProQuest and Dow Jones are extending their longtime information provider agreement, which makes key ProQuest licensed content available globally in Dow Jones Factiva, a business information service.

Posted Jan 08, 2008

The ExtraLabs Software company, a developer of software for creating RSS feeds, announced the new release of the Easy RSS Content Generator that has some new features improving the usability of the product.

Posted Jan 08, 2008

Feed Editor, a software tool designed to create, edit, and publish RSS feeds, has been released by Extralabs Software.

Posted Jan 08, 2008