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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
Scribd, an ebook subscription company, says members can now read articles from their favorite magazines on Scribd.
Posted Nov 03, 2016
Ingenta, a software provider to the publishing industry, launched Ingenta Open, a new hosting platform solution and discovery portal designed exclusively for Open Access content.
Posted Oct 20, 2016
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announced the launch of RightFind Music, a search and file management website designed to help customers find, download, and manage music from APM Music's collection of more than 500,000 tracks licensed for use in presentations and video.
Posted Oct 20, 2016
The practice of using DRM locks has so infuriated the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that it is currently suing the US government to invalidate Section 1201 of the DMCA law. But whether the group wins its litigation or not, there's another pressing agenda the EFF is tackling in the interim that it wants publishers and consumers alike to be aware of: the fair labeling of digital products that come pre-locked by DRM.
Posted Sep 14, 2016
In many ways, of course, motivated fans who passionately engage with content are highly desirable, generating buzz and invaluable word-of-mouth. The danger is that, in the hands of an engaged fan, content can spiral out of control. There is a fine line-some would say no line at all-between passionate sharing and piracy, as well as between brand-enhancing homage and brand-damaging fan fiction or comedy mashups.
Posted Sep 13, 2016
ProQuest has joined forces with Wiley to make ebooks on the Wiley Online Library platform available for purchase via OASIS. The OASIS search, selection, and acquisition system already provides access to the largest ebook selection in the market via the EBL, ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Ebook Central ebook platforms, as well as the EBSCO platform.
Posted Sep 08, 2016
The New York City Subway has been upgrading its WiFi access, and to celebrate the fact that 175 of its 278 stations now have WiFi Governo Andrew W. Cuomo announced the "Subway Reads" program.
Posted Aug 30, 2016
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in research, professional practice and education, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a Silicon Valley-based publishing-software company, for $120 million in cash. Atypon is a technology partner that enables scholarly societies and publishers to deliver, host, enhance, market, and manage their content on the web. The transaction is expected to close October 1, 2016.
Posted Aug 23, 2016
Interested in which networks dominate social sharing and what top sites are publishing the most share-worthy content, Fractl partnered with BuzzSumo for its latest study. The companies analyzed over three billion social shares from one million of the most shared articles from the first half of 2016, and say they were able to draw some interesting comparisons between the 2014 report and this 2016 reboot.
Posted Aug 16, 2016
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content technology company, has announced the launch of its cloud-based RightFind Content Decision Support (CDS), an easy-to-use analytics platform that helps information center managers leverage the power of usage data to make smart decisions around content investments. RightFind CDS combines comprehensive usage and spend data, predictive analytics and data visualizations, and budget forecast and planning tools in a single solution designed to help information managers bring actionable intelligence to their content acquisition strategy.
Posted Aug 11, 2016
In AOL's 2016 Publisher Outlook report the industry got a look at research that backs up a lot of what we already know. Mobile and video are important, and ad blocking is a problem. But off platform monetization was also part of the digital publishing equation this year, and it seems the verdict is in: Third party platforms are a hit.
Posted Aug 05, 2016
Adam Matthew and London's Shakespeare's Globe announced their collaboration on a digital project: Shakespeare's Globe: Performances and Practicesg>. Included in the agreement are the majority of Shakespeare's Globe's archives, preserved since its opening in 1997.
Posted Aug 04, 2016
Last week, RedLink Network, a newly formed public benefit company, announced the launch of its free IP registry service for libraries and publishers to help them deliver secure access to subscribed content more reliably and efficiently. As a free service, RedLink Network invites rapid adoption among librarians and publishers to make IP-based authentication more efficient and secure.
Posted Aug 02, 2016