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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

Pinterest is a relatively new entrant to the social media market. As a virtual pinboard, the mission of the site is to "connect everyone in the world through the ‘things' they find interesting." The site offers some examples under the heading "What Can You Do With Pinterest?" that include: redecorating your home, planning a wedding, finding your style, saving your inspirations and saving your recipes. While these suggested uses are prevalent among the site's participants, other uses are springing up regularly as individuals and businesses find new, and increasingly practical, uses. Content providers are among them-using Pinterest to share information on the environment, events, jobs and more.

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Recognizing the importance of quality content to the success of video advertising, PK4 Media announced a deal to bring more content to its Bishop Video Platform. Video news service Newsy is PK4 Media's newest content partner, now feeding an average of 200 news videos per week to the Bishop content library.

Posted Nov 12, 2012

First there was Blogger. Then there was Twitter. Now, somewhere in between those concepts is Medium, the ambitious new creation of co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, who are responsible for all three social media online publishing tools.Launched recently by Williams' and Stone's Obvious Corp., Medium offers a fresh take on blogging by combining some of the best features already built into competitor sites such as Tumblr, Pinterest, reddit, and Zeen. Medium's design lets users collaborate on works consisting of words and/or images that are published on the site. After reading a work, users can provide feedback to the author, indicate if they liked it, and supplement it with additional content.

Posted Nov 12, 2012

Curata, Inc., a content curation company that enables marketers and publishers to find, organize, and share content, announced that a mobile app is available in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad users, and the Android Market for Android users. The app enables Curata users to curate on-the-go. Curata expects the mobile app to expedite the curation process as busy marketers are now able to review and sift through content on a mobile device.

Posted Nov 06, 2012

Mirror Image Internet announced the availability of Publisher, a powerful online video publishing solution. The service is an all-inclusive video solution that combines the video streaming services with video on demand features available today.

Posted Oct 30, 2012

EBSCO Publishing's recent agreement with content partner, Digitalia will enable Spanish content, serving a vast range of interest and needs, to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service. Digitalia has thousands of ebooks from Spanish and Latin American publishing houses, as well as relevant Spanish journals.

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Amazon.co.jp announced the new Kindle Paperwhite is coming to Japan for ¥12,980. Amazon also announced the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.jp, with the most titles from this week's Oricon top 100 books, top 50 bunko, and top 100 manga lists and a total of over 50,000 Japanese-language Kindle books including over 10,000 free Japanese titles.

Posted Oct 25, 2012

The iPad Mini is no longer just a figment of Apple enthusiasts' imaginations. This afternoon, during an event in San Jose, Calif., Apple finally introduced the Mini to the masses. The tablet comes in a 7.9 inches long, and 7.22 mm thick with a $329 starting price.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

The Daily Pilot is making some changes to its distribution, and embracing apps. According to its website, the publication has developed apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, and will subsequently print one less physical edition per week.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

It's been a bad start to the week for Amazon. One Kindle owner is alleging that Amazon deleted her Kindle library and basically said "too bad" when she asked what happened. The story originated on a Norwegian blog, where Amazon UK's response to the Kindle owner's inquiries was posted.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Webcollage Inc. announced it has launched a new program that will enable smaller manufacturers to instantly create and syndicate rich media product information to retailer websites.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Advanced Publishing Corporation announced the beta version of VIZION5, which enables the company to create and deliver rich interactive versions of magazines and other publications across multiple devices. Advanced Publishing's VIZION5 offers enhanced zoom capabilities, dynamic social media feeds, easy to use table of contents features, and cross device bookmarking and annotation tools.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

Digital technology has broken down many barriers for new authors trying to break into the book publishing business. Ebooks and online publishing tools offer relatively easy and inexpensive ways to self-publish, and the internet provides a virtual platform from which to potentially grab the attention of a worldwide audience, including those seemingly elusive book editors and literary agents.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

Author J.K. Rowling knows how to cast a spell on readers with her enthralling stories. But she and her publisher probably wish they had a magic wand that could undo the troublesome technical defect in the faulty first run of the ebook version of her new novel, The Casual Vacancy.

Posted Oct 05, 2012

Founded by Christian Puricelli, former CEO of Onrest Web Services, and Filmon Ghirmai, MyNews.is began a quest to transform how people discover and read news articles. MyNews.is is a personalized discovery magazine, that let's people discover news that is of interest to them. Users choose their categories and sources that interest them and then rate these sources. MyNews.is then selects news stories that may interest the user.

Posted Sep 17, 2012

With more and more information going online, AMR has not had as much of a need to stockpile physical copies of sports publications, such as team yearbooks, as it had in the past. "We have gone more to online yearbooks and media guides, where before we used to print all those out, but print has kind of gone away a little bit," says W. Brandon Kolditz, assistant media relations director/publications coordinator for Memphis AMR. As a result, the department wanted to find a way to save money on printing costs while still having enough printed team yearbooks on hand for anyone wanting one.

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Amazon.com announced the launch of Kindle Serials, stories that are published in episodes. When users buy a Kindle Serial they will immediately receive all existing episodes, followed by future episodes as they are published. When new episodes arrive, they are simply added to the end of your existing book, keeping your place and retaining your highlights and notes. Readers can also join the conversation on Amazon discussion boards as the stories unfold -- allowing the authors to learn from readers in real-time and perhaps influence a story's path.

Posted Sep 07, 2012

Word up to would-be writers, novelists, self-help scribes and long-form authors everywhere: Get ready to turn the page and make the jump from print to pixels. Because if you haven't transitioned to electronic publishing yet, you'll need to get up to speed fast and not only learn what it takes to make an ebook, but also how and where best to sell it.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Mag+ has announced the launch of its latest digital publishing platform, Mag+ 3.5. With this version, the company says it will be much easier for publishers to develop digital content intended for a range of mobile devices without the need for device-specific iterations. Publishers will be able to transfer creations from one device to another in a new InDesign template and the content will be reconfigured to fit the new device.

Posted Jul 05, 2012

In the digital world, the idea of engagement has a very different meaning. Marketing is no longer a one-way street. Rather, marketers have learned to leverage social media to build two-way conversations in pursuit of that magic word: engagement. Scrolling marquees decorated with hashtags and @ symbols stream across our television screens, encouraging viewers to engage, luring us with the promise of sharing our shout-outs with the world. In the social networking age, companies continuously ask themselves: How do we reach these communities? How do we engage? How do we create valuable conversations?

Posted Jul 04, 2012

Predictive information management software company Recommind announced a new module for Decisiv Search called Content Delivery for SharePoint (CDS). The company says CDS will allow for indexing and displaying content of any kind, from any location within SharePoint 2010.

Posted Jun 20, 2012

BEA is great for a lot of things-finding out what new books are coming soon, reconnecting with old colleagues and friends, and maybe even snagging a bound galley or two. But what's also very cool is getting to see and find out more about the people and companies who work in different aspects of publishing, particularly the emerging technology fields. For a content creation person such as myself, it's fascinating to learn more about content delivery and the mechanics that go into it.

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Data Conversion Laboratory has announced a new online publishing portal which the company says will re-energize previously dormant content into highly accurate digital knowledge that can be searched, reorganized, ported to ebooks, and published into most formats.

Posted May 29, 2012

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