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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

Kno, Inc., announced Advance, an interactive learning platform that enables publishers and authors to turn a flat file or PDF into an interactive ebook in minutes at no cost. The Advance platform was created to provide publishers with powerful, yet easy-to-use tools, to make their content and assessments interactive and engaging at scale with no added costs.

Posted Feb 12, 2013

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a provider of content and workflow solutions in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional development; and education, launched Labtiva's ReadCube Web Reader on Wiley Online Library. PDFs read with the ReadCube Web Reader feature hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, and direct access to supplemental content.

Posted Feb 06, 2013

From traditional desktop PCs and laptops to smartphones, tablets, consoles, and interactive TVs, consumers are using more devices than ever before. That puts added pressure on digital content companies (DCCs) to ensure an ideal user experience when people switch between these various screens. As a result, many businesses are turning to responsive web design (RWD), which can create a single source of web content that displays in a readable and relatively controlled way anywhere it's viewed. RWD's single code base delivers to any screen, so that when a change needs to be made to a web page, it only needs to be done once, saving valuable time and money. But while RWD can, under ideal circumstances, adjust your content according to the device and enable more fluid and responsive interaction, it doesn't always work across the board and may not be the best option, especially compared to traditional user experience (UX) design, some experts say.

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Any self-respecting electronic publisher knows that content must adapt to the latest technologies and platforms to remain relevant to a fickle public. Today that means making your product available on as many portable devices as possible. "Users are turning to their smartphones and tablets more than ever before to search, play, shop and access the content they love while on the go. That's why it's critical to put your content, brand or business on an app, keeping users engaged and tuned in," says Li-at Karpel Gurwicz, marketing manager for Conduit Mobile. "Consumers want to be informed and entertained at the click of a button, and by putting your content at their fingertips at all times, you'll stay ahead of the competition as you increase brand awareness and build your online community."

Posted Jan 14, 2013

The naming of Ray Kurzweil as Google's new director of engineering in late 2012 may not have registered as even a blip on the radar of many digital content companies (DCCs). But this simple hiring announcement concerning the famous futurist, author, and inventor may, in fact, represent a symbolic milestone in the rapidly changing information age. Because it's yet another sign that smart DCCs-including Google-value the promise and potential of artificial intelligence (AI), which Kurzweil has long preached has the capacity to greatly enhance our lives.

Posted Jan 02, 2013

OverDrive's newest app showcases the best aspects of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and brings library ebooks to new devices including the Microsoft Surface tablet. Incorporating "action bars" and other dynamic features, OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 enables users to enjoy EPUB ebooks and MP3 audiobooks on computers and mobile devices running Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

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