Content Distribution

Online reference library Credo Reference is expanding its agreement with the Berkshire Publishing Group. Five major Berkshire resources, 31 volumes in all, will be available for the first time through the Credo Publisher Collection service. Berkshire Publishing specializes in international relations, cross-cultural communication, global business and economic information, and environmental sustainability.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

Ebyline announced that it has raised $1.5 million through a Series A investment from The E.W. Scripps Company. Based in Los Angeles, Ebyline publicly launched in September 2010 as a content marketplace for news publishers and professional freelance journalists. The E. W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, and syndication.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Springer is becoming the exclusive distributor of the ebook versions of titles published by Wageningen Academic Publishers. The electronic versions of the Wageningen Academic Publishers' titles will become part of the Springer eBook packages, available on Springer's SpringerLink service.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

Vizrt Ltd., a provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced an agreement with Informa plc, a UK-based publishing company with over 2,500 subscription-based information services in their portfolio. As a result of the agreement, Informa plc will use Vizrt's new Viz App Framework to publish its magazines to portable devices such as iPads and Android smart phones.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

EBSCO Publishing announced that ABC-CLIO ebooks are now available through the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Users who already subscribe to both EDS and ABC-CLIO's eBook Collection will be able to access all content in ABC-CLIO's library through a single search box in EDS, simplifying the research process.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Moreover Technologies, an organization specializing in media aggregation, released Newsdesk 4, a real-time news discovery and sharing service. The product gives users access to a unified portal of millions of daily news articles and other content, with the ability to refine results using multi-faceted search filters.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Sario Marketing announced the completion of a multi-million euro growth financing round, carried out through funds advised by ViewPoint Capital Partners. Sario reports that the finances will be used to spur growth in existing markets and expand into new markets both within Europe and beyond.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Starbucks launched the Starbucks Digital Network in its U.S. company-operated stores. Created through a partnership with Yahoo!, the Starbucks Digital Network will provide customers with a collection of hand-picked premium news, entertainment, and lifestyle content, plus info on local insights and events. The network will be delivered by free Wi-Fi and is available only in Starbucks stores via laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Network Global Companies now offers users the ability to stream its Red Carpet Network video library on the iPhone and iPad via its RCN app. The Red Carpet Network interviews celebrities who star in popular films and television shows at Hollywood's red carpet events, and it remains an independent entertainment news outlet.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Several companies are teaming up with the Royal Mail to issue the world's first interactive postage stamp. The Royal Mail`s Great British Railway Special Stamp issue will use the Royal Mail channel in the junaio augmented reality platform to provide online content through users' iPhones and Android smartphones.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

MediaBeacon, Inc., a developer of digital asset management and rich media products and software, has entered into an agreement with Aysling Digital Media Solutions which will allow MediaBeacon's digital asset management platform to be integrated and distributed with Aysling's WoodWing Suite of electronic publishing tools. MediaBeacon's presence in WoodWing Suite products will allow more options in the management of rich media during the development of publications.

Posted Aug 24, 2010

The New York Times Co. has reached an agreement with Flat World Knowledge, a publisher of college textbooks, to provide Flat World's library for free to users of The New York Times Knowledge Network Content Repository. The Content Repository includes issues of The New York Times and other resources dating from 1851.

Posted Aug 17, 2010

Springer is going Dutch, after a fashion, thanks to a new distribution deal with Sense Publishers, an academic publishing house based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. According to the deal, Springer will distribute Sense Publishers' ebook collection on SpringerLink, a run that covers about 100 new titles each year, starting in 2011.

Posted Jul 20, 2010

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 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 portal.

Posted Jan 08, 2010