Content Distribution, an Oslo-based web startup, introduces an alternative to information overload and mass content sharing. The new technology lets people send "pings" - relevant content recommendations - straight to designated recipients instead of sharing to a public stream, as in traditional social networks. And unlike e-mail accounts, the inbox has no address that can be reached by unsolicited content.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced a new collaboration with TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, to create and supply instructor materials for its recently launched series of "TED Studies." To support the demand for integrating TEDTalks into classroom coursework, TED created TED Studies - 21 collections of curated talks, organized into popular academic subject areas. Wiley will commission instructor materials to accompany TED's offering to educators. These materials will be offered at no cost with TED's video content on iTunesU,, and other platforms.

Posted Nov 12, 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

ProQuest announced The Globe and Mail will be accessible in the ProQuest digital research environment. As part of ProQuest's Historical Newspaper collection, the archive of The Globe and Mail will be cross-searchable with a worldwide selection of both major and specialty newspapers - from The New York Times and The Guardian to the Chicago Defender and the Jerusalem Post.

Posted Oct 22, 2012

In addition to using scholarly journals for active research projects, business faculty rely on materials that share insights and ideas ahead of publication, according to a new study from ProQuest. Business faculty members are using working papers, printed books, pre-prints, conference proceedings, and dissertations to explore,specific research topics. When asked about passive forms of research -- such as staying up-to-date in the field or identifying ideas for further research -- newspapers join books at the top of most-used resources.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Flowsee is based on an entirely open and democratic design concept, users have the chance to interact, not only with each other, but to prioritize their choice of content. Users of the website are invited to create pages on any topic that interests them or that they wish to publicize.

Posted Oct 15, 2012

The digital age has given way to an open access renaissance - allowing for the free flow of information traditionally bound up in scholarly journals and academic publications. But when an influential analyst said that a European push toward open access could significantly hurt academic publisher Reed Elsevier's bottom line, many STM publishers took a second look at this model.

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Apress, a publisher of technology books, announced the launch of ApressOpen, a program that offers technology companies and professionals the opportunity to publish technical and business content under an open access model. With ApressOpen, content will be freely available through online distribution channels and electronic formats with the goal of disseminating professionally edited and technically reviewed content to the worldwide community.

Posted Oct 09, 2012

Google and book publishers have come to an understanding of sorts, ending a lawsuit that has been ongoing since 2005 when publishers first took legal action against the search engine which had begun scanning print copies of books from libraries and making them findable and searchable online.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

OwnZones, which gathers premium subscription multimedia content tailored to user interests into a convenient ad-free site, has launched beta of the service. OwnZones is now open to anyone and registration is free. Consumers and potential media partners are invited to check out the site and provide valuable feedback that will help shape OwnZones for a full launch.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

OverDrive, a distributor of ebooks for libraries and schools, announced the release of the free OverDrive Media Console app for NOOK, making it easier for users to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from libraries and schools. With the new OverDrive app, users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can wirelessly borrow ebooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

Springer will begin migrating its global library customers to the new version of its platform, SpringerLink. The platform was re-engineered with a focus on improving the user experience based on three principles: speed, simplicity and optimization.

Posted Oct 01, 2012

Founded by Christian Puricelli, former CEO of Onrest Web Services, and Filmon Ghirmai, began a quest to transform how people discover and read news articles. 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. then selects news stories that may interest the user.

Posted Sep 17, 2012

InfoDesk announced the launch of InfoMonitor, a new once-daily competitive intelligence, news and media monitoring service. InfoMonitor brings an organization all the important news and information, from their preferred sources in one custom-edited, easily digestible daily email update.

Posted Aug 29, 2012

The Random House Group announced it has joined Public Library Online, launching with digital bookshelves from Jacqueline Wilson, Joanna Trollope, Katie Fforde, Lee Child, and PG Wodehouse. These titles will be available on the service from August 21 with further shelves to follow, including James Patterson.

Posted Aug 21, 2012

The web: It's everywhere. It's a modern miracle. An amazing technological advancement that, when combined with mobile devices and wireless broadband, provides humanity with the promise of a more equitable dispersement of information and wealth...err, hypothetically. Despite the ubiquity of technology and the widespread availability of the mobile web, there are many places in the world where information critical to survival isn't available in a way that's relevant to those who need it. But it doesn't have to be that way. All that's needed is an understanding of the actual problems in need of solving.

Posted Jul 05, 2012

There is no doubt that the folks over at Flipboard have created a great product and business model for themselves and their investors. It's really almost as simple as the Google model. Create a technology that grabs "other people's content" and assemble it in a new way that the consumer desires and then monetize the heck out of it. Do all of this in the name of a noble mission to truly help provide the content providers with a new way to drive sales and profits and give consumers/readers what they want. This is magical from a P&L standpoint because companies like Google and Flipboard have no content or editorial costs in their business model. Use third party free content and make huge money in the assembly and showcasing of this content.

Posted Jun 29, 2012

The New York Times and Flipboard have announced a joint venture to bring the Times to Flipboard for the iPad and iPhone. Times subscribers will have access to all content including full articles, videos, photos, and blogs. The New York Times believes partnering up with Flipboard will enhance the "NYT Everywhere" strategy by giving users greater mobile access to the Times while still keeping the subscriber model.

Posted Jun 26, 2012

OverDrive, a distributor of ebook and audiobook services for libraries, announced the launch of Next Generation, a new service designed to work with libraries to make it easier to rent digital material. Some of the features of Next Generation include streaming audiobooks, instant access to library ebook collections on and offline, faster and predictive search, and multi-cart ordering.

Posted Jun 21, 2012

ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced Extended Access for titles purchased under a single-user license. Extended Access is intended to reduce up-front costs to the library, eliminate speculative purchases of multiple copies, and prevent turn-aways when titles are in use.

Posted Jun 18, 2012

Credo Reference has announced plans to serve public libraries with a new suite of digital and information literacy solutions called Literati Public. This suite was developed with partnership of public libraries and is designed to give libraries tools needed to increase digital literacy skills in users. In addition, Literati Public can help librarians promote their brand and events.

Posted Jun 18, 2012

I'm in the process of reading Walter Isaacson's excellent biography of the contradictory and unpredictable man that was Steve Jobs. Isaacson wrote that in 2010, wracked with cancer, Jobs was on a mission to accomplish as much as he could before he died-and to that end he turned his keen attention to journalism.

Posted Jun 05, 2012

DeepDyve is making its library of peer-reviewed journal articles available to purchase for customers looking for articles relating to a number of different subject areas. This new service allows users to rent articles then gives them the option to buy if they choose.

Posted May 29, 2012

In the months since Pottermore finally opened for business, e-reader enthusiasts have been buying the Harry Potter ebooks in droves. Now Kobo users can also get in on the action, but just like everyone else, they'll have to purchase the ebooks through Pottermore.

Posted May 17, 2012

If you are one of the few people left who haven't read the Harry Potter novels, perhaps you just haven't had the right access: hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks sold through the Pottermore website. None of those options worked for you, but don't fret. Starting on June 19, you'll be able to borrow the ebooks from the Kindle Lending Library, giving you one more option to read J.K. Rowling's ubiquitous series.

Posted May 11, 2012