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An analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker revealed that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59% over 2011 and 422% over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40% of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11% in 2007.

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Emily Books is an independent digital bookstore that focuses on bringing "transgressive memoir and fiction" that has never appeared in digital form before to its readers. Customers can subscribe to Emily Books for $13.99 a month, or $159.99 for a years. Until now, users would receive and email with a link to download that month's book in a variety of DRM free formats, and now there is another option: the iOS7 app.

Posted Oct 03, 2013

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution, announced the international expansion of its VitalSource Bookshelf platform with a new digital store in the U.K. The store offers tens of thousands of e-textbooks from leaders in academic publishing.

Posted Sep 26, 2013

OverDrive announced that more than 17,000 Penguin ebooks are now live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace. Penguin's ebooks are available for public and college libraries, including consortium, in the U.S. in the one copy/one user lending model for a one year term. Availability of the Penguin ebooks to libraries outside the U.S. is coming soon.

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Knovel unveiled a fully redesigned platform offering more precise search results, a simplified user interface, enhanced navigation capabilities and more. Knovel offers a cloud-based application that integrates technical information from more than 100 engineering publishers and societies with analytical and search tools.

Posted Sep 09, 2013

Amazon launched the Mexico Kindle Store), offering Mexican customers a vast selection of popular ebooks, Spanish-language best sellers, over 1,500 free books in Spanish, and a broad selection of titles from leading Mexican authors and publishers. In total, the Kindle Store offers over 2 million titles, hundreds of thousands of which are exclusive, and more than 70,000 in Spanish. In addition, Amazon announced that Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite are now on sale locally in Mexico at Gandhi stores.

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Publishing Technology and CNPIEC, the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation, announced the CNP e-reading platform at the Beijing International Book Fair this week. At launch, the site carries over 200,000 titles from more than 300 international publishers.

Posted Aug 29, 2013

If you weren't able to tune into the first ever EContent Live Google Hangout, you can still watch. Listen to EContent columnists, and content experts Jose Castillo, Scott Abel, and Drew Bedard discuss whether or not Facebook makes you sad, if Gmail is killing e-mail marketing, the importance of context, and the truth about responsive design.

Posted Aug 16, 2013

With the launch of the iPad in 2010, the leaders at Design Central knew that the world of digital publishing was on the verge of a major technological revolution. Before long, both its internal and external clients would expect to use tablets and other emerging digital publishing platforms to the full extent of their capabilities. This meant interactivity, ease of publishing, integration into smartphone apps, and more. The folks at Design Central understood the task in front of them and wanted to choose the right suite of digital publishing tools to integrate into their production process.

Posted Aug 12, 2013

If you haven't yet made the switch from cable to internet based television, Google may have just delivered the device to change your mind. Announced on July 24 at Google headquarters, the Chromecast dongle costs just $35 - but comes with $24 worth of Netflix subscriptions - and plugs into an HDMI port on your TV. It's the size of a thumb drive.

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Following the launch of its browser-based sharing service, Cloudup announced free native applications for Windows and Mac users. Available immediately these new apps enable the streaming of any type of media directly from the desktop.

Posted Jul 25, 2013

PTC announced it has acquired Enigma, a developer of software that aggregates and delivers technical content in aftermarket service environments. The acquisition enhances PTC's existing portfolio of service lifecycle management (SLM).

Posted Jul 17, 2013

CDN.net announced it has launched a new live video streaming service, with mobile device and tablet support, across its global content delivery network (CDN). The service delivers rich live-streamed video closer to audiences around the world, eliminating long load times and quality issues with a flexible CDN, priced to location and usage.

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Aquafadas, a developer of digital publishing solutions, announced the release of the Aquafadas Digital Publishing System 3.0. The upgraded Aquafadas solution now lets publishers create interactive and graphics-rich content that can be published straight to the web, iOS, Android OS, Kobo's Arc tablet, and Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Posted Jul 15, 2013

Kalooga, with clients all over the globe, was looking for a content delivery network that would provide it with some flexibility and not lock the company into an expensive, long-term contract. "We did contact several big CDNs," explains Bram Noordzij, one of Kalooga's developers. "And they basically said, ‘You have to take on contracts for one or two years; and we would have to commit, and we have to pay at least this amount of money. For us, since we work with many publishers, we needed flexibility."

Posted Jul 08, 2013

Physical books, movies, albums, and video games can easily be swapped and resold between different owners without fear of reprisal from the original publishers/copyright holders. So why can't the same be true of digital versions of these and other media? That's the question more consumers are asking, according to results of a recent WorldPay study titled the "Digital Generation Report."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Cloudup announced the launch of its free, instant service for sharing any files or links by simply dragging-and-dropping them into the browser. Backed by funding of $2.875M from Charles River Ventures, Atlas Ventures, and other prominent investors, Cloudup uses HTML5 to ensure that both web and mobile users can instantly access what you're sharing regardless of device, operating systems, browsers, or applications.

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Nearly a month in advance of Google Reader's demise, Curata has announced that Curata Reader is now available. Curata says it built Reader to be the cleanest, simplest, and easiest feed reader on the web.

Posted Jun 18, 2013

NARR8, afree mobile app and digital publisher of motion comics and interactive novels, announced the release of StoryBuilder, a multimedia-editing tool that lets users create their own interactive story. This new feature will let fans and indie artists choose from content provided by NARR8 or create their own original content by adding images, animation, sounds, and special effects to create unique stories to share on NARR8's platform.

Posted Jun 11, 2013

IMImobile, a global specialist provider of mobile data platform and services, announced a strategic partnership with Content Connect Africa (CCA) to provide premium local independent music and video content across Africa.

Posted May 23, 2013

For content jockeys, of course, it is the dream: a single information store and automated delivery to multiple platforms in numerous configurations, all at the push of a button. And it is not a new ambition--it predates the tablet and smartphone outbreak by decades. The need for smart content management and the ability to automatically generate customized outputs, then, is greater than ever. Luckily, getting there is easy. All you need is intelligent content and cross-platform code development. (Okay, maybe getting there sounds easy.)

Posted May 15, 2013

If "knowledge is power," as the saying goes, then content analytics is a game-changer for any digital publisher concerned with harnessing the power of content. Today, content providers know more about their audiences than ever before. All the data in the world isn't worth much unless you know how to make sense of it and, more importantly, can put a plan into action that capitalizes on what you know.

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Impelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, announced that it has entered into a partnership with DataLore Inc. The two companies will work to offer branded ebookstores to schools and colleges located throughout the Caribbean region.

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have long been quietly working behind the scenes to make sure content producers can get their products to consumers. But just like everyone else in the content business, CDNs are facing changes. EContent talked to Charles White, chief revenue officer for Mirror Image about the changes facing his industry.

Posted Apr 05, 2013

CBS Corporation and Amazon.com, Inc. announced an expanded content licensing agreement to bring classic series and hit TV shows from CBS Television Distribution and Showtime Networks to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, extending the catalog of CBS content available for Prime members to instantly stream, and enjoy at no additional cost.

Posted Feb 14, 2013

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