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Being the owner of two of the most important e-readers on the market puts me in a unique position to speak to the best and the worst of what e-readers have to offer. In my view, the Kindle - iPad comparisons I have read are usually based on a rather arrogant assumption: that reading books is, somehow, a more worthwhile intellectual pursuit than magazines, newspapers, or other content sources.
Posted Jul 08, 2010
That Facebook is no longer just a way for college students to list their favorite bands is not news to anyone. Businesspeople, politicians, corporations, and civic organizations are setting up profiles and using them as important parts of their marketing and networking campaigns. Dyyno, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based video distribution company, is looking to capitalize on these trends with a new Facebook app designed to integrate a user's online broadcasting efforts into a Facebook profile.
Posted Jul 02, 2010
Publishers Communication Group (PCG) and LexisNexis announced a collaboration under which PCG will provide sales, marketing, and customer support for LexisNexis database products to the Brazilian academic, corporate, government, and law markets. PCG will manage the LexisNexis program from its Latin American base in Sao Paulo.
Posted Jun 29, 2010
Cision, a provider of software and tools for news and public relations organizations, announced the debut of CisionWire, a news service for the U.S. Member companies can post releases to a search-optimized site with thousands of media subscribers and distribute news to media outlets around the world. Posting of releases and video to CisionWire is free for a 60-day introductory period.
Posted Jun 10, 2010
Publish2 released a new news distribution platform designed to disrupt the Associated Press' control over the distribution of content to newspapers. Publish2 News Exchange provides both free content from the web and content from any paid source.
Posted Jun 01, 2010
Geo-social aggregator The Hotlist closed $800,000 in angel financing led by Centurion Holdings. The funding money will go toward supporting The Hotlist's platform development and formation of an expanded service suite.
Posted May 18, 2010
Ex Libris Group announced the general release of version 3.0 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The major new functionality in version 3.0 is the result of continued collaboration with the rapidly expanding international Primo community, consisting of over 270 sites that span 29 countries on six continents.
Posted May 04, 2010
I am addicted to National Public Radio (NPR). Ask anyone here at the EContent office: there is a near-constant stream of talk-radio coming from my desk. It always gets me thinking, but one day, during a pledge drive, I heard a particularly interesting claim: NPR is one of the few news outlets continuing to grow. Since we here at EContent spend a lot of time thinking and writing about the fee vs. free debate, I couldn't help but wonder what member-supported NPR was doing so right that they convinced listeners to voluntarily give them money for what is essentially a free service.
Posted Apr 08, 2010
Amazon.com released a version of its Kindle reader application for the Blackberry mobile platform, giving Blackberry users access to Amazon-purchased ebooks without a Kindle itself.
Posted Feb 23, 2010
Ebook and audiobook distributor Overdrive announced a set of new services that will expand its digital distribution network for copyrighted digital media.
Posted Feb 23, 2010
Detroit is, undoubtedly, among the cities hardest hit by the recession. The city's biggest employers have been under siege, and abandoned homes line the streets. Thanks to a $40-million deal with Houghton Mifflin Co., Detroit's public schools are now on the leading edge of a technological movement to replace printed textbooks with computer software. They aren't the only ones.
Posted Jan 25, 2010
Newspaper and magazine aggregator NewspaperDirect announced support for the Android mobile operating system, through its PressDisplay.com portal.
Posted Jan 08, 2010
NewspaperDirect Inc. is making its entire library--1,400 publications in 44 languages from 93 countries--available to all Sony Reader users.
Posted Jan 05, 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced an agreement with Knovel under which 11 titles from Emerald's Transport portfolio will be accessible through Knovel's online database.
Posted Dec 22, 2009
Springer announced that it had signed an agreement with CreateSpace that will make Springer's paperback catalogue available through print-on-demand.
Posted Dec 04, 2009
IEEE has launched its first mobile version of the IEEE Xplore digital library.
Posted Dec 01, 2009
Reprints Desk, Inc., will make its bulk article reprints, commercial document printing, and document delivery services available to the U.S. government according to a contract that the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded to Reprints Desk parent company Derycz Scientific, Inc.
Posted Dec 01, 2009
Ingram Publisher Services, the distribution portion of the Ingram Content Group, announced that it had reached an arrangement with technical publisher O'Reilly Media to extend a multi-year agreement supporting the Microsoft Press publishing program.
Posted Nov 20, 2009
MashLogic is releasing a "to go" feature for online publications that would track searches for related topics back to their sites.
Posted Nov 17, 2009
Brainshark, a provider of on-demand presentations, announced the launch of the Brainshark Insurance Network, a site that provides insurance companies with on-demand presentations customized for their specific products.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president and general manager of business productivity solutions at Adobe, did little to cushion the blow when he said to attendees at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference: "Enterprise software is failing." Story by ITI Reporter Jessica Tsai, CRM Magazine.
Posted Nov 06, 2009
IngBoo, a free online service where consumers can organize their web activities in one place, has raised $800,000 in seed funding led by Elis Nemes and Saeed Amidi of Amidzad Partners, Doug Tsui of Horizon Ventures, and Allen Miner of Sunbridge Partners.
Posted Oct 27, 2009
The owners of Newslink launched Tradeclips, a full-service video, audio, text, and picture sharing site with a focus on the communications industry.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
GroupM Entertainment and Yahoo! Announced a partnership to help marketers deliver branded content in original online programming.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
IREX Technologies, maker of the DR800SG e-reader, has signed an agreement with LibreDigital to grant DR800SG users access to the LibreDigital library of newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Posted Oct 20, 2009