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I've been working in the digital sphere since 1994, so like most marketers, I've seen new channels constantly emerge and quickly dominate— web, podcasting, social, chat, apps. What is far less obvious is how channels themselves have changed in both our expectations for them, and their potential for brands. With many clients deep into 2018 planning, this is a good time to avoid the cut-and-paste of last year's choices and rethink what else your channels can do for growth next year.

Posted Sep 22, 2017

Great Jones Street (GJS) short fiction app and Medium, the online publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, have agreed to make premium short fiction from GJS available on Medium. Each day, a new GJS story, or chapter from the historical fiction serial, "Reversing the River" by Leslie Pietrzyk, will be featured on Medium's homepage.

Posted Aug 31, 2017

SendtoNews Video Inc. (STN) announced it has launched SportstoNews.com, a full service sports page hosting service, giving publishers a rich and engaging golf news site, entirely automated, curated, and monetized by STN. The page is skinned to reflect the exact look and feel of each publisher's site and they only need to place the "golf" link on their sports page.

Posted Aug 10, 2017

Media outlets that have been seeking a fairer deal from Facebook for years may soon be getting their wish. That's because the social media giant recently confirmed that publisher paywalls are coming soon to its Instant Articles platform. But be careful what you wish for, say the experts, as questions still linger about how this paid subscription model would work, why it's taken so long, and who really stands to benefit.

Posted Aug 02, 2017

DECENT announced the official launch of its blockchain-based content distribution platform. The platform says it offers a better deal for content producers than the current industry giants such as Apple and Amazon. It will also give artists more freedom and control over ownership and distribution.

Posted Jul 25, 2017

ProQuest has joined forces with Karger Publishers to offer books from this medical science publisher via the OASIS platform. This partnership is the ninth formed between OASIS and a partner platform since August 2016.

Posted Jul 13, 2017

Ingram Publisher Services LLC, an operating unit of Ingram Content Group, has acquired Book Network Int'l Limited; an international physical and digital book distributor, based in the UK. NBNi's client service business will stand alongside Ingram's wide range of digital, physical, and print-on-demand solutions to create a global services offering.

Posted Jul 06, 2017

Audioburst, an AI-powered audio content platform, announced the launch of its cross-platform API along with a $6.7 million Series A round of financing. Audioburst is aiming to change the way people consume audio content in a connected world by automating the process of indexing, organizing, and discovering audio segments in real-time.

Posted Jun 13, 2017

Ingram Content Group and OptiQly, a marketing technology and services startup that provides actionable intelligence for online retail, announced their collaboration to provide publishers insights to make real-time business decisions. OptiQly provides predictive analytics for marketers to increase book discovery and sales at online retailers.

Posted Jun 01, 2017

The literary magazine Granta has announced the launch of a digital archive featuring every issue of the 38-year-old quarterly. Granta has partnered with digital publishing experts Exact Editions to bring the archive project to life.

Posted May 11, 2017

Seismic, an enterprise-grade sales enablement solution, announced the launch of Seismic NewsCenter. Modeled after popular news aggregation and social media apps, NewsCenter is the resource sales reps can turn to at any time to stay updated in real-time on all information that matters most to them.

Posted May 09, 2017

Posted May 01, 2017

RBmedia, announced its launch on April 11, and simultaneously announced its acquisition of Audiobooks.com, a provider of on-demand audiobooks sector. With Audiobooks.com, RBmedia not only produces spoken audio content, it also offers a technology platform that distributes more than 700,000 digital media titles.

Posted Apr 13, 2017

Digital publishers eager to reach more eyeballs often turn to external distribution platforms to disseminate content to the masses. But new research reveals that this strategy may not be paying off as effectively as digital content providers have banked on.

Posted Mar 22, 2017

ProQuest has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter ebooks available for purchase through the OASIS system. Spanning 28 subject areas including architecture and design, computer science, economics, engineering, law and music, De Gruyter provides access to 26,000 ebooks from over 15 international imprints.

Posted Feb 23, 2017

ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes.

Posted Feb 14, 2017

Demco, Inc. announced the launch of Demco Software, a new division that offers mobile apps, programming resources, and management tools to help 21st-century libraries better engage their communities.

Posted Jan 19, 2017

Erudition Digital, in partnership with Custos Media Technologies, has developed a solution to the piracy challenge called Custos for Ebooks. Based on a patent pending technology used to protect screener copies of movies, it leverages Bitcoin and the blockchain to protect ebooks without impacting honest customers in any way.

Posted Jan 19, 2017

ProQuest says that one fast, comprehensive search now encompasses content in the its platform and Alexander Street's popular Academic Video Online, connecting researchers seamlessly to documentaries, training videos, journal articles, news, dissertations, primary sources, ebooks and more in one place.

Posted Jan 17, 2017

The trend in digital reading continued its growth in 2016 as a record number of readers turned to their local library and school to enjoy ebooks and audiobooks. According to OverDrive, a digital reading platform for libraries and schools, readers borrowed 196 million digital books, an increase of 21% over 2015.

Posted Jan 10, 2017

Slangwho, the multi-platform, content news aggregator curated by mobile users, announced the official launch of its distraction-free news sharing application available on iOS and Android devices. Slangwho, free for all users, is singularly focused on providing consistent news content each individual user wants to follow in a simple, elegant feed while minimizing distractions from social media and sponsored content.

Posted Dec 22, 2016

NBC News says it wants to provide easy, friction-free access to its content at all points of the day — and that includes times when you're not on your smartphone. As such, the media company says it is actively building new experiences and iterating on current products with a focus on "voice," an emerging and dynamic interface that will powerfully help surface its journalism.

Posted Dec 20, 2016

SendtoNews Video Inc. announced it has secured digital distribution rights for the National Hockey League (NHL) short-form digital video content for the 2016-2017 season. SendtoNews' network of U.S. news publishing partners will now have access to NHL game highlights, interviews, top plays, and other fan interest video content to publish and monetize through their owned and operated online news properties.

Posted Dec 20, 2016

Despite the fact that about 50 million-plus people listen to a podcast each month, ZenithOptimedia projects ad spend at a mere $36.1 million. What is a publisher to do with such bad math? Try different inputs. The benefits of podcasting for both B2B and business-to-consumer (B2C) publishers likely outweigh immediate revenue.

Posted Nov 22, 2016

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