Amazon Studios, known for television series such as Transparent, Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut.
Posted Jan 20, 2015
Magzter, a digital magazine store and newsstand, with more than 24 million users, announced the launch of Magzter Gold, an "all-you-can-read" subscription model that gives users unlimited access to its library of digital magazines across mobile, tablet, and web for $9.99 a month. At launch, Magzter Gold features over 2,000 titles, including Maxim, ESPN The Magazine, and Fast Company, as well as many top magazines from different geographies, including the UK, Singapore, and India, with many more planned for 2015.
Posted Jan 20, 2015
There's an all too familiar pattern many businesses, especially startups, face when they are trying to get their content out there - they spend hours and hours working on high-quality videos, or online advertisements, and yet, the following just isn't coming in the way they want. It doesn't matter how many times you Facebook post or Tweet your new video; the following remains at a frustrating standstill.
Posted Jan 19, 2015
Up until now, only two of the "big 5" publishers were working with ebook subscription services Oyster and Scribd. However, Macmillan joined Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins in experimenting with the "Netflix of books" model, by adding about 1,000 titles to the services.
Posted Jan 13, 2015
Podcasting is all the rage right now. And no, not because Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Clark, and Pat Flynn are doing it (and have been doing it) it's because of one simple reason: Podcasting is a cross-channel content powerhouse. With pundits and experts dubbing today as the content era, thousands are flocking to the platform for several reasons. Let's examine the "why" behind this phenomenon.
Posted Dec 23, 2014
I was once fortunate enough to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong while on a business trip. Checking in after a 13-hour flight from London, I was too tired to fully appreciate the stunning, tree-filled atrium; the amazing view from my room; or the impeccable service as a procession of hotel employees appeared unbidden, bringing tea, fruit, and hot towels. I haven't had the good fortune to revisit that particular haven of luxury again, but I was interested to learn that, starting in spring 2015, all 85 Shangri-La hotels and resorts will no longer provide guests with complimentary print newspapers. Instead, the hotels will offer online access to more than 2,000 local, regional, and international publications from 100 countries in 60 languages, which can be downloaded to guests' own devices, via an app that is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows.
Posted Dec 23, 2014
I have a new obsession. Well, not really a new obsession, as much as an old, new obsession. This Thanksgiving I found myself in an unsavory situation: I had to drive from Boston, Massachusetts all the way down to Arlington, Virginia the day before Thanksgiving. By the fourth hour on the road, when I was stuck trying to get through New York City, I had grown tired of music and was beginning to lose it a bit. I did something I haven't done in a while. I put on a podcast.
Posted Dec 18, 2014
According to a new survey, professionals who create and deliver training and educational content for both business and public sector organizations face a number of challenges in today's content-driven marketplace: lack of resources to maintain content, reduced time to market, and the analytics to measure effectiveness. These are the findings of the 2014 Educational and Training Content Trends Survey, conducted jointly by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), DITA Strategies, and Lasselle-Ramsay.
Posted Dec 11, 2014
Onix Networking Corp. announced a new product offering called Equidox. It was developed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and other government Acts around the world. These Acts dictate that government and industry make websites accessible to visually impaired users.
Posted Dec 04, 2014
Building on the success of their current global indexing partnership, Al Manhal has announced that EBSCO will also distribute its ebook database worldwide. A considerable expansion of Al Manhal's global reach, this new step will put its content onto the digital shelves of libraries worldwide.
Posted Nov 18, 2014
In 2013, when Edward Snowden leaked classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents, he brought the world's attention to the issues of privacy, security, and global surveillance. Now, researchers can go deeper into this controversial topic by exploring its history and impact through primary sources. Digital National Security Archive's Electronic Surveillance and the National Security Agency: From Shamrock to Snowden brings together a comprehensive, publicly available collection of materials on the subject.
Posted Nov 13, 2014
Cloudwords announced integration with Sitecore, a provider of customer experience management solutions, to deliver an automated solution for marketers to optimize the globalization of content to deliver highly relevant, personalized, and localized digital experiences to engage multilingual audiences, grow global market share, and drive international revenue. Cloudwords for Sitecore delivers workflow automation benefits designed to speed and simplify the localization of digital assets so world-ready content can be created and delivered in less time.
Posted Nov 11, 2014
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Flipster, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library.
Posted Nov 04, 2014
Across the country cord-cutters have been using their parents' and friends' HBO Go log-in info to watch Game of Thrones for years. But HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced during Time Warner Investor Day that his network would be going all out to gain audience share among the 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and that includes the debut of a standalone HBO Go subscription in 2015.
Posted Oct 21, 2014
For much of history, the primary obstacle preventing people from connecting with one another was distance. But in the mobile, social, always-on world in which we live today, distance is no longer the major challenge. Instead, our biggest challenge is the lack of a common language. It's the inability to understand one another that prevents us from making meaningful connections. Isn't there an app for that? Yes, there is. Machine translation (MT) hails from the discipline of computational linguistics and aims to help humans who speak different languages communicate with one another. And while MT is not actually an "app," many app makers are attempting to harness the power of automated translation by building MT into their products and services. But there are challenges.
Posted Oct 08, 2014
ProQuest and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have teamed to create the an online archive of the EIU's global economic analyses - a single source for comprehensive reports and statistical data on approximately 200 countries. Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports Archive will combine ProQuest's expertise in digitization, search technology, and data manipulation to make nearly a half-century of the EIU's Country Reports and Quarterly Economic Reviews accessible and searchable on the ProQuest platform, improving research outcomes in history, political science, international studies, and economics.
Posted Oct 07, 2014
Data scientist and master storyteller are two of the U.K.'s "Hottest Jobs in Marketing," recently identified by Marketing Week. These two careers seem like polar opposites-one generating business insight through an extreme focus on data analytics and the other winning customers' attention through the creative engagement of emotions, interests, and desires. But they are both trying to make sense of a deluge of customer interactions, while translating the internet-enabled fire hose into memorable, meaningful experiences-one customer at a time.
Posted Oct 07, 2014
Any organization with an interest in disseminating its content to a global audience needs to familiarize itself with the basics of machine translation. At a time when the globalization of commerce is yesterday's news, the number of companies with the capacity for international ecommerce has grown considerably. Machine translation is not necessarily reserved for the titans of industry, as many translation service providers are beginning to offer more scalable services to assist even small companies with translation projects.
Posted Oct 06, 2014
CloudCraze, a provider of Customer Engagement Commerce on the Salesforce1 Platform, announced four major product enhancements in its latest release Updates include subscription management, searcandizing, dynamic storefronts, and delegated ordering.
Posted Sep 30, 2014
Highwinds announced the availability of its content delivery network (CDN) in Manila, Philippines. This new point of presence (PoP), which joins several other Highwinds PoPs in the APAC region, was established at the request of customers. Highwinds' Manila PoP is being used for the delivery of media, advertising and games, including content for the world's largest online gaming platform.
Posted Sep 18, 2014
ProQuest Ebooks has partnered with O'Mahony's, Irish booksellers and library suppliers, to deliver content from publishers to institutions across Ireland and the UK. This new partnership will enable O'Mahony's customers to purchase over 600,000 ebook titles, which can be chosen title-by-title and then owned outright by the library.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Libraries can own the 20th century collections of two of the leading business magazines now that the complete backfiles for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek are available from EBSCO Information Services. The entire digital archives going back to volume 1, issue 1 of the magazines are included in EBSCO's Forbes Digital Archive and Bloomberg Businessweek Digital Archive.
Posted Sep 11, 2014
Ebooks published by Hachette Book Group are now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Hachette, a "Big 5" trade and educational publisher, has partnered with EBSCO to give customers of EBSCO eBooks access to titles from authors like David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, Anne River Siddons, and more.
Posted Aug 05, 2014
SendtoNews announced it has signed a multi-faceted, multi-year agreement with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) for the global syndication of Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) short-form digital video content.
Posted Jul 10, 2014
Al Manhal signed a deal with Amazon to take its online library offline and deliver it to the hands of readers around the globe. This strategic partnership will greatly expand the company's reach, allowing it to deliver paperback copies of content from its research library.
Posted Jul 06, 2014