After Jay-Z announced his newest venture--a streaming music service called Tidal that he bought a majority stake in for $54 million--with the help of a lot of very famous musicians, there was a bit of a backlash. Meanwhile, Spotify raised $400 million from Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund. And Apple's Beats Music service is pursuing artists for exclusive deals.
Posted Apr 14, 2015
ProQuest, through its affiliate Bowker, has acquired Palo Alto-basedSIPX, creator of a digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their university library.
Posted Apr 09, 2015
Magzter, a digital magazine store and newsstand, with more than 25 million users, announced the addition of over 500 new titles to Magzter GOLD, the "all-you-can-read" digital magazine subscription service that gives users unlimited access to the library of digital magazines across mobile, tablet, and web for $9.99 a month.
Posted Apr 02, 2015
IPR License, a rights and licensing trading platform, and Digi-Rights, a provider of automated rights solutions, have announced the launch of a promotional campaign to help greater numbers of US-based self-published authors to showcase and monetize the rights they hold to their works.
Posted Mar 31, 2015
It seems that Hollywood is starting to catch on to what many viewers already know: Some of the best shows on TV are not on a network; they're streaming over your internet connection. Shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black from Netflix have been capturing people's imagination for years, although major awards have often eluded them. But in the first months of 2015, one announcement after another pointed toward a sort of streaming content renaissance.
Posted Mar 30, 2015
In its quest to dominate your online experience, Facebook has revealed--or, rather, the New York Times has reported--its plans to start hosting media sites' content, rather than simply being a repository for links to outside content. According to the New York Times, the social media giant has been talking to media companies about hosting their content.
Posted Mar 25, 2015
This month, I finally pulled the plug on the dead-tree version of my Sunday paper. I meant to do it for months, but at long last, I couldn't stifle the guilt for even one more second. It was too sad to watch while the paper slowly rotted at the end of the driveway or simply ended up--unread--in my recycling bin every week.
Posted Mar 17, 2015
UpdateZen, a mobile-first status reporting solution, provides CEOs, executives and business owners a way to stay updated on the key things their people are working on. UpdateZen says it significantly reduces information overload for these executives. UpdateZen has launched and is offering a free 30-day trial to new users.
Posted Mar 16, 2015
Smartphones, tablets, and other devices have made it easier than ever to tap into on-demand digital music and online radio. But more convenient consumer access to streaming audio causes a conundrum for artists, content creators, and publishers seeking to be fairly compensated for their efforts.
Posted Mar 09, 2015
Independent eBookstore OpenBooks.com revealed its online destination where readers read first, then decide how much they want to pay based on what they feel a book is worth and how much they can afford. The majority of payment proceeds is being passed directly to the author.
Posted Feb 19, 2015
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