Content Distribution

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

Knovel -a provider of web-based apps which combine technical information with analytic and search tools -- has added five publishing partners in order to continue expanding its content collections to meet demand across several industries. Knovel will look to these new partners to provide engineers in various fields with technical data skills needed to get jobs done as well as leadership strategies for managers.

Posted May 08, 2012

Publishing Technology, PLC and the China National Publications Import and Export Corp. (CNPIEC), unveiled the Digital Gateway, a digital publishing platform for Chinese libraries that was built on Publishing Technology's pub2web platform.

Posted Apr 18, 2012

You've all heard it before: Publishers are struggling to monetize content. You've probably also heard that content licensing partnerships can provide new revenues for publishers, but no one is telling you where to begin.

Posted Mar 05, 2012

Pottermore, home of the Harry Potter ebooks, entered a distribution agreement with OverDrive, Inc. OverDrive will exclusively host the Harry Potter ebook and digital audiobook collection for its network of more than 18,000 public and school libraries.

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Amazon announced a licensing agreement with Viacom, Inc. that will add "thousands" of TV episodes from MTV Networks, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, and CMT to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service.

Posted Feb 08, 2012

Google is expected to upgrade its One Pass paid content system in the next few weeks. The updates, specifics of which are yet unknown, will reportedly be designed to increase slow take-up among publishers and are reportedly based on feedback from One Pass' trialist partners.

Posted Feb 06, 2012

Netflix reported earnings of $41 million for 4Q 2011, or $0.73 per share, which is better than analysts expected the company to do after its difficult run in 3Q. Netflix's revenue rose 43% to $876 million, but overall, profits were down 13%.

Posted Jan 26, 2012 announced its fantasy sports service is opening its doors to third party developers and companies to create apps for its products and services.'s innovative open Fantasy Platform will represent the first of its kind in the fantasy sports industry.

Posted Jan 17, 2012

Lovefilm U.K. Ltd., an Amazon company, has partnered with the Disney-ABC Television Group in a deal that will bring full seasons of several of ABC Studios' American television series such as Castle and all six seasons of Lost to Lovefilm members.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Google disabled its author search functionality from Google News in favor of the Google+ Authorship capabilities it introduced in November. Searching within Google News for "author:‘firstname lastname,'" returns no documents, but participating journalists can opt to have a link to their Google+ profiles displayed next to articles they've written.

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Netflix, Inc. and BBC have joined forces in order to offer BBC Worldwide programs, such as Doctor Who and Top Gear, to subscribers upon Netflix's U.K. launch early next year. Financial terms were not disclosed but the deal is non-exclusive.

Posted Dec 20, 2011

Outsell, Inc.'s release of "The Business Intelligence Landscape Today: The New Rules of Aggregation" in September shed some new light on where content aggregators are succeeding and where they need to change in order to meet evolving market needs.

Posted Dec 14, 2011

Beginning in January 2012, Public Library Online, through a partnership with Google, will offer its members digital editions of books on "virtual bookshelves" accessible on library terminals and online. The two shelves available are The Arden Shakespeare and Our Environment.

Posted Dec 13, 2011

This spring, some research had me making a series of calls to a range of people in the book publishing business, including authors, agents, publishers, and consultants. The topic-in broad terms-was about the shift to digital. How did these publishing leaders see the shift occurring today? How was it going so far, and-more importantly-what might the publishing landscape look like in 3 or 5 years?

Posted Dec 05, 2011

Content Curation is the act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter. Though it is still considered a "buzz word" by many in the content world, content curation is now becoming a marketing staple for many companies with a successful online presence.Unlike content marketing, content curation does include generating content, but instead, amassing content from a variety of sources, and delivering it in an organized fashion. For instance, a content curator is not necessarily responsible for creating new content, but instead, for finding relevant content pertaining to a specific category and funneling this information to readers in a mash-up style.

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Earlier this week, book publisher Penguin Group revoked access to new ebooks from libraries and suspended the "Get for Kindle" library lending option on all of its ebook titles, citing security concerns. Penguin has since restored library lending for Kindle on all existing ebooks, but its new ebook titles remain unavailable to libraries in any format pending further information from Penguin.

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Few, if any, would argue that the internet has dramatically and permanently changed the publishing industry. As print publishers have scrambled to find ways to compete with and, ultimately, embrace the digital world, some are excelling through a combination of traditional and online options. Others, new to publishing, are operating in the online-only world, but everyone is dealing with the age-old problem of circulation building and audience development.

Posted Nov 16, 2011

ProQuest has partnered with the NAACP to digitize the association's archives: nearly 2 million pages of internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices nationwide. Start and end dates for the project were not disclosed. The collection will be fully searchable and electronically accessed as PDFs.

Posted Nov 07, 2011

Beginning in early 2012, Disney will contribute family-friendly video entertainment to YouTube as well as Both companies will spend a combined $10 to $15 million on original video series produced by Disney and distributed on a co-branded channel on and YouTube.

Posted Nov 07, 2011

Education, technology, and business publishers worldwide can expand the reach of their content through an agreement between Safari Books Online and Ingram Content Group's CoreSource platform. Ingram's CoreSource is an online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content.

Posted Nov 02, 2011

Clearspring Technologies, Inc., a content distributor, has acquired social data tool XGraph, Inc. The amount of the deal was undisclosed, but it involved equity as well as cash. Clearspring provides content and analysis of content and advertising that are distributed through social media tools and apps.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Disney-ABC Television Group signed a video licensing agreement with Amazon, providing Amazon Prime members with an added 800 titles available for instant streaming. This partnership expands the Prime library to include nearly 13,000 television shows and movies.

Posted Oct 31, 2011

Netflix will bring its services to the U.K. and Ireland starting in early 2012. According to paidContent, Netflix will offer unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies but its DVD movie rental business will not expand overseas. The international expansion is aimed at internet-enabled TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices.

Posted Oct 25, 2011