Content Distribution announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they'll have all of the features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Netflix will split into two brands: Netflix for streaming, and Qwikster for DVD rental, according to CEO Reed Hastings. As reported on paidContent, the company announced it would be separating the two services and increasing subscription cost earlier this summer, but was criticized for lack of adequate communication on the matter.

Posted Sep 20, 2011

Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, LLC released Nursing Education in Video, a collection of educational and training videos for nurses from Medcom-Trainex. The partnership between Alexander Street Press and Medcom-Trainex resulted in a collection of 260 full-length titles.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Amazon and the Hearst Corporation expanded their relationship regarding consumer marketing, ecommerce, and content. The companies announced that Amazon will become the largest third-party seller of print subscriptions for Hearst's magazines over digital channels, and will also work with Hearst in ecommerce.

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Springer Science + Business Media released a new web tool allowing catalogers and librarians to download batches of MARC records or ebook lists to their libraries' Springer ebook collections. The ebook title lists from Springer contain the main bibliographic information and a URL to each ebook on SpringerLink.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc. introduced Global Connect, a program that brings Ingram's print and distribution services to a network of book manufacturers around the world. The expanded printer network combines Ingram's print on demand (PoD) technology with further connectivity to local networks of retailers.

Posted Sep 01, 2011

Random House Children's Books announced its first Little Golden Books app, The Poky Little Puppy app. Now available on iTunes and complete with the distinctive Little Golden Books gold spine, the app is designed to appeal to children of all reading levels on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Posted Aug 30, 2011

Miramax debuted a large-scale, multi-title Facebook streaming app called the Miramax eXperience through which Facebook users can rent movie titles directly from the Facebook interface. Miramax joins Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. in the small but growing group of studios to make movies available over Facebook.

Posted Aug 23, 2011

Derycz Scientific, Inc. announced that its fully-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc. signed a distribution agreement with the American Bar Association (ABA). The agreement enables the company to source and deliver articles from ABA journals, enhances the dissemination of important legal information, and expands the growing list of journals that Reprints Desk can access.

Posted Jul 26, 2011

Gebbie Press released PRPro, an online service that helps local and small businesses distribute press releases more effectively. PRPro lets users enter a zipcode and a mile radius and returns all the TV, radio, daily and weekly newspapers within that specific area. Trade and consumer magazines are broken down into 114 editorial categories so users may target their release. Users can then use the list to email or otherwise distribute press releases and media kits on their own.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Corbis Images, a visual media provider for the creative community, announced its acquisition of Splash News for an undisclosed amount. The Los Angeles-based company provides candid celebrity photography and video content to entertainment print, online, and broadcast media outlets. Founded in 1990, Splash News has more than 3,000 active photographers worldwide in entertainment hubs throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

OverDrive announced that Thomas Nelson, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet will provide simultaneous access ebooks to OverDrive's global network, enabling libraries and schools to provide "always available" ebooks without waiting lists or holds.

Posted Jun 28, 2011

Ereading company Kobo awarded Buena Park High School with 100 new Kobo Touch eReaders, $3,000 in ebooks as well as promotional posters, t-shirts, and program guides to support the school's goal of introducing a digital ereading program into their curriculum. The materials were awarded through the One Trillion Minutes program, a $10 million program launched by Kobo to inspire people to join the 'Read On Revolution' to make a difference with schools and communities in need.

Posted Jun 16, 2011

mgMEDIA, developers of multi-device digital content distribution platform Open4Content, and Jinni, creators of a taste-and-mood based discovery engine for movies and TV shows, announced a new strategic partnership to deliver Jinni's semantic discovery experience to Open4Content customers. The Jinni discovery engine will be built into the core of mgMEDIA's Over-the-top delivery platform and will be available to all their customers.

Posted Jun 16, 2011

The latest version of Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP), the publisher-led project to develop tools for online copyright permissions information, was presented at International Press and Telecommunications Council's (IPTC) Business Meets Technology Day in Berlin. Version 2.0 of ACAP targets business-to-business content syndication, with a special focus on the context of licensing newspaper stories and the exchange of video content by news agencies.

Posted Jun 10, 2011

The Aura Group announced the official launch of its MovieConnect App for Facebook. The media advertising and consulting firm is partnering with major Hollywood studios to use MovieConnect on Facebook, which officially launched with the release of the film The Hangover Part II.

Posted Jun 02, 2011

Springer Science+Business Media extended its collaboration with TEMIS to work on semantic enrichment and content linking for the SpringerLink platform. SpringerLink is one of the largest distribution platforms for STM ebooks and digital journals. TEMIS's Luxid content enrichment platform combines linguistic and statistical methods to calculate semantic relatedness among SpringerLink's millions of publications.

Posted May 24, 2011

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution, announced that it supported the International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) EPUB 3 standard for digital publications and documents. With 1.6 million users and a presence on 6000 campuses in 180 countries, VitalSource currently delivers tens of thousands of titles from many of the world's leading textbook publishers.

Posted May 24, 2011

On May 17, in Boston, Mass.-the same city that gave us the first telephone call and first email-information professionals gathered at SIIA NetGain 2011, to discuss how organizations can integrate major information trends into business models to promote growth and expand customer reach. With "road trip to innovation" as its catchphrase, and with sessions that tackled topics such as the use of social media in marketing, SIIA NetGain presented attendees with a variety of strategies to help them not only survive in today's competitive market, but to succeed in the future.

Posted May 19, 2011

Thomson Reuters announced that Building Simulation, an international journal co-published by Springer and Tsinghua University Press, is now listed in the Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCI-E). The English-language journal is part of Springer's Chinese Library of Science (CLoS), which currently includes 94 journals. According to Springer, CLoS is the largest collection of research from China in English.

Posted May 19, 2011

Bowker released its annual report on U.S. print book publishing, compiled from from the company‘s Books In Print database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional U.S. print title output in 2010 increased 5%, despite the increased popularity of ebooks. The output of new titles and editions increased from 302,410 in 2009 to a projected 316,480 in 2010.

Posted May 19, 2011

Elsevier is launching a contest to create app ideas for its SciVerse service. Dubbed the SciVerse Apps for Library Idea Challenge, the international competition will encourage librarians and information professionals to come up with app ideas that respond to challenges faced by info pros when dealing with the search and discovery of information.

Posted May 19, 2011

Ex Libris Group announced the third installment of the Alma library management service. The third release is being deployed to partners in the Ex Libris cloud environment and represents another milestone on the road to the solution's general release, which is planned for early 2012.

Posted May 05, 2011

ebrary released details about its new usage-triggered short-term loans. Currently in beta, the new loan model is designed to give libraries the benefits of traditional short-term loans with the ability to only pay if titles are actually used. The new short-term loans are available for one or seven day periods.

Posted May 05, 2011

France's National Library, BnF, established a partnership with the Jouve Group, Safig, and Diadies to digitize more than 70,000 of its works each year. Roughly 70% of these books will come from the print collections of the BnF, while the remaining 30% will come from the collections of partner libraries. The project will be financed by the Centre National du Livre and is currently slated for a three-year period.

Posted Apr 28, 2011