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The "Netflix of Books" dreams just got one step closer to being a reality. Scribd and Oyster launched in 2013, offering access to unlimited books for less than $10 a month. However, the services have struggled to get buy-in from the big publishers. That all changed when Simon & Schuster announced it would make its backlist of about 10,000 ebooks available on both services, as Gigaom reports.

Posted May 22, 2014

Knovel has introduced the Knovel Software Development Kit (SDK) for Microsoft SharePoint. This toolkit allows enterprises using SharePoint as a Knowledge Management System to integrate with Knovel's engineering resources. When users research topics and query internal references on SharePoint, they will also find search results highlighting resources available on Knovel.

Posted May 06, 2014

Long Island-based technology company Aereo provides a service that many entertainment consumers want: the ability to stream their favorite TV shows live or record them to view later. The company accomplishes this by leasing its customers a remote antenna that can pick up 28 different channels, including the major broadcast ones, and offering DVR recording space using their cloud service. Its customers can use the service on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, as well as via iOS devices or a Roku box. Aereo currently serves eleven main cities across the United States, and plans to cover 19 more in the near future.

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Good news for Sopranos and The Wire fans! Amazon.com, Inc. announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. This means that, even if you don't have an HBO subscription--or access to someone's HBO GO--you'll be able to stream older content straight to your living room. But you'll have to wait for access to some of HBO's newer hits.

Posted Apr 24, 2014

ProofHQ, the leading provider of cloud-based content review and approval software, has released Automated Workflow, a feature which provides marketing project managers with a simple way to automate the time-consuming, manual tasks required to complete their projects. Independent studies show that using ProofHQ cuts project delivery time by 56%, and the number of revisions by 29%.

Posted Apr 07, 2014

Macmillan Distribution (MDL), an international book distributor, is launching a new subscriptions platform to be delivered via Publishing Technology's advance enterprise system. MDL will implement the digitally-native Order to Cash module of advance, to expand into the journals fulfillment market, offering publishers an increasing number of subscription-based models for both digital and physical content.

Posted Apr 03, 2014

Findaway World, a provider of technology for the delivery of digital audiobook and ebook content, announced the release of AudioEngine-a new audiobook distribution platform that enables access to Findaway's library of audiobooks through a flexible API and SDK. AudioEngine enables partners to deliver over 50,000 professionally engineered digital audiobook titles directly to their users.

Posted Apr 01, 2014

In February Scott Abel and Rahel Bailie released a book they co-edited, The Language of Content Strategy. Bringing together 52 content experts to define the important terms that content strategists often toss around -- such as content quality assurance, content flow, and transclusion -- and why they are important, Abel and Bailie created a much-needed guide for the industry. As a relative newbie to the field of content strategy this book was a great resource, but this will be valuable to industry veterans as well. Perhaps even more interesting is the story behind the book.

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Online publishers can now provide readers with advanced subscription opportunities by using the SpecificFeeds RSS syndication service that now lets publishers provide readers with a customizable RSS feed from their own website. Previously, online publishers could only provide a link for their readers to register at SpecificFeeds.com for RSS subscriptions.

Posted Mar 11, 2014

OverDrive announced that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, an online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook enables teachers to browse free and low-cost instructional resources, and to create their own shop where others may purchase original materials. The website operates with a "teachers helping teachers" mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.

Posted Mar 04, 2014

Facebook wants your eyeballs, and isn't about to let any competitor go unchallenged. This time around, the social media powerhouse has Flipboard in its sights as reports of the impending release of Facebook Paper filter out. According to re/code, Paper could be out sometime this month and will aggregate your news into a Flipboard-like app for mobile users.

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Libraries and universities with proprietary audio and video collections can now preserve and provide access to these information resources through ProQuest Video Preservation and Discovery Service. VPDS is a full service offering that includes digital conversion, transcription, metadata creation, and optional hosting and streaming. It also creates transcriptions and indexes A/V content stored on tapes, hard drives, and other media. All formats of video - even those that are obsolete -- are eligible for the service.

Posted Jan 08, 2014

Selling ebooks the old fashioned way-offering a fixed price for one digital tome that the reader owns for eternity-is the tried-and-true approach most publishers take. But just as some consumers prefer to lease a car, prepay for a set amount of mobile minutes, or sign up for movies streamed monthly, there is a niche audience that's interested in an unconventional approach to the conventional acquisition of electronic books-and an array of providers capable of catering to this demand.

Posted Jan 02, 2014

Brill and Semantico announced BrillOnline Primary Sources - Brill's new online platform for primary sources. The platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill's product portfolio.

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) announced it has entered into a co-operative agreement with the Library of Congress (LOC) to act as an agent for deposit of eSerials on behalf of publishers to fulfill mandatory deposit demands and deposits in support of copyright registration at the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress. This agreement follows a Request for Information about Normalized Electronic Serial Content issued by LOC in April 2012, and subsequent public notice of invitation for third parties to act as agents for deposit.

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Even cord cutters needed the modern equivalent of bunny ears if they wanted to get live news on their television, but a deal between Bloomberg News and Apple TV may be changing that. According to Gigaom, Bloomberg launched an app on Apple TV on December 11, that provides a live feed of financial news and on-demand content.

Posted Dec 12, 2013

OverDrive, a supplier of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to libraries and schools, announced that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library. While LAPL is the first to offer the service, OverDrive is preparing to roll it out to their entire network, expanding to additional markets in North America and worldwide.

Posted Nov 21, 2013

The Financial Times has launched a new "gift article" feature for subscribers which simplifies the sharing of articles with their networks. At launch, the service allows FT subscribers to share up to 10 articles per month through email to non-subscribers.

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Amazon.com, Inc. announced the launch of Kindle First, a new program that offers customers access to Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date. Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select several titles from Kindle's most popular categories a month ahead of their official publication date, adding a note of recommendation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and the authors.

Posted Nov 05, 2013

A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep ebook holdings from ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users. The initiative builds on OCLC's work with ProQuest's ebook businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and ebook access.

Posted Nov 05, 2013

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced a new purchase option - a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model - for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. This new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase ebooks based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Over the past few months, regular listeners of Marc Maron's WTF podcast have heard the comedian rail about a patent troll that is threatening the livelihood of many podcasters. For those of you who don't listen, Maron has also written about it on his blog. In a recent episode of WTF Maron interviewed Moon Zappa, and we all found out that Frank Zappa may just be the savior that podcasters needed.

Posted Oct 31, 2013

On Monday, October 28, Kimpton's 70 park avenue hotel will launch its new "Reads on the Road" program in partnership with The Atria Publishing Group, part of Simon & Schuster, Inc., offering on-site guests exclusive access to books from an array of New York Times bestselling authors. The first installment of the new program will feature three Halloween-themed tales. Guests will be able to download these spooky books onto their personal devices such as tablets and laptops via the hotel's website, with an option to purchase upon check-out.

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Emily Books is an independent digital bookstore that focuses on bringing "transgressive memoir and fiction" that has never appeared in digital form before to its readers. Customers can subscribe to Emily Books for $13.99 a month, or $159.99 for a years. Until now, users would receive and email with a link to download that month's book in a variety of DRM free formats, and now there is another option: the iOS7 app.

Posted Oct 03, 2013

Adam Matthew announced that it has signed an agreement with the old and well known travel agency, Thomas Cook, to digitize their archive as part of a forthcoming digital resource on the history of Mass Tourism and Leisure.

Posted Oct 01, 2013

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