Content Distribution

For the past week or two I've been dealing with friends and family clamoring for the iPhone 4S. One friend called me from her new phone to tell me all about the ridiculous and hilarious conversations she has with Siri. Apparently, if you threaten to buy an Android phone, it will yell at you. In light of all the "I will destroy Android" coverage the Steve Jobs biography has been receiving, I like to think of him showing up in the Siri labs with a smirk on his face, suggesting his programmers make Siri share his hatred of Droid phones.

Posted Oct 24, 2011

Nielsen published its Cross-Platform Report for Q2 2011, which looks at Americans' media consumption preferences and habits for TV, internet, and mobile devices. The report found that emerging technologies and content options, including online video, mobile video, live streaming, and video on demand, helped drive anywhere/anytime viewing.

Posted Oct 20, 2011

With newsrooms shrinking, journalists need somewhere to peddle their wares. But needs don't generally go unmet in the digital age. Enter MediaCooler. In a Q&A with the CEO of Media Cooler, Alison Yesilcimen, describes the site this way: "It's an online content market place that allows professional journalists to showcase and sell features and columns to global publications."

Posted Oct 19, 2011

Wiley-Blackwell, of John Wiley & Songs, Inc., has teamed up with the International Reading Association (IRA) to publish its three journals: The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

OverDrive, Inc. will share details of its new WIN Catalog this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The catalog is designed to maximize discovery and potential sell-through by providing samples and links to national and local booksellers for library website visitors that discover a title and "Want It Now."

Posted Oct 11, 2011

Netflix, Inc. backed out on its plan to split its DVD-by-mail service into a separate company called Qwikster, which was met with customer backlash and unsubscriptions. Netflix originally announced this plan on September 18, adding insult to injury after its 60% price hike in July.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

On October 10, 2011, comScore released a report titled "Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits." The report's aim was to uncover the impact of mobile devices, those beyond the computer, on the direction of digital media and digital content distribution and consumption.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

Much like print publishers have stood by and watched their customer base dwindle as the web took over, cable companies have been watching as their customers found new alternatives to shelling out hundreds of dollars for the privelege of watching The Jersey Shore. Accounts vary, but so far "cord-cutters" have represented a relatively small drop off in revenues. As internet connected TVs become more popular and a whole new generation of kids come out of college without any intention of ever getting a cable hook-up, smart pay-TV providers are looking for new ways to offer their consumers value.

Posted Oct 10, 2011

Hulu announced a multi-year agreement that brings Hulu and Hulu Plus members hundreds of hours of Spanish-language video from the Univision family of networks. Novelas, variety shows, comedies, and reality series, including current season primetime programming from the Univision Network and library content, will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus starting later this year.

Posted Oct 06, 2011

Public and school libraries powered by OverDrive can now lend ebooks to be read on the Kindle. Amazon and OverDrive first announced the service in April of this year. OverDrive expects to have the Kindle compatibility rolled out to all library sites within days.

Posted Sep 22, 2011 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