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Google has joined the e-textbook movement, rolling out a textbook section for Google Play. It joins the ranks of Barnes & Noble and Amazon, which have long offered e-textbooks for sale, and rent. Available to Android and iOS users, the e-textbooks available on Google Play are mostly available for purchase with a select few able to be rented, according to Gigaom.
Posted Aug 12, 2013
AcademicPub, a provider of copyright-cleared content for digital and printed course packs in higher education, announced the launch of Express Books, enabling professors to self- publish. As Express Books authors, instructors can now publish and sell their own books to the education and mass markets on any website with Sharedbook's e-commerce, fulfillment platform, and distribution capabilities.
Posted Jul 29, 2013
Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives, announced a reseller agreement with Front Porch Digital, a company that specializes in migrating, managing, and monetizing large and complex media content. Under the agreement, Front Porch Digital customers will be able to purchase the Archimedia Reference Player, Archimedia HD, and 4K SDI cards, and proprietary Archimedia test patterns in conjunction with Front Porch Digital products.
Posted Jul 17, 2013
Any international enterprise knows that, in the global market, translation capabilities are integral to continued success. While many businesses have grasped the importance of translating their products and services for non-English markets, they have often ignored the flip-side of that task: translating content produced by their non-English speaking customers.
Posted Jun 21, 2013
As organizations and individuals work to build their Twitter followers they eagerly watch for mentions and RTs (retweets). And then they spot something like this: "XYZ E-publication is out today! Top stories by @thisperson @thatperson @YOU!" Your first inclination is to quickly RT the tweet to all of your followers and respond to the poster with a heart-felt "gee, thanks so much for including me!" But, wait a minute, is there any real value in this kind of exposure?
Posted Jun 19, 2013
There is plenty of news coming out of Apple's WWDC today, but perhaps at the top of the list is the announcement that yes -- just as the rumor mill had predicted -- a streaming version of iTunes will be coming to a device near you. Apple says the service will be available to users in the United States for free in the fall. Repurposing much of its "Genius" technology, the streaming music service will suggest music to users based on their tastes. As of now, Warner, Sony, and Universal have all signed on to provide streaming rights to iTunes.
Posted Jun 10, 2013
Post Planner, a Facebook content curation and scheduling app, released its newest feature that helps page managers find and post trending content on and topic or keyword. The feature uses a unique algorithm to search for trending content on a variety of topics and generates a stream of shareable articles for page managers.
Posted Jun 05, 2013
As the internet exploded and more and more sites have constant streams of news and commentary on everything from world politics to which celebrities are dead (dead-celeb.com), the importance placed on content curation was, perhaps, inevitable. Separating the wheat from the chaff is sometimes so important to people, they're willing to pay for it.
Posted Jun 03, 2013
The Financial Times launched a new service in Latin America providing FT news and analysis translated into Spanish. Available through the FT Syndication service, which offers media organizations the right to republish FT content, subscribers will receive 10 articles per week covering international trends and developments relevant to Latin America.
Posted May 23, 2013
The Financial Times launched on Flipboard, combining its authoritative journalism with Flipboard's personalized reading experience. Flipboard users across all Android and iOS devices will now have access to a broad range of FT content, including news, commentary, analysis, blogs, and video.
Posted May 10, 2013
LinkedIn says it wants to make it easier for you to stay on top of the news and insights you need. The social network is debuting a refreshed look on LinkedIn Today and introducing channels to make it easier to discover and share professional news and insights.
Posted May 09, 2013
Pivotshare, a digital media startup, announced an update of its self-service online platform that allows anyone to sell their media directly to their audience. Filmmakers, comedians, speakers, and a host of other media producers may now offer their content on iOS and Android devices. The new platform also offers features such as the ability to buy videos as a download and the capacity for customers to tip or donate as a means of support.
Posted May 01, 2013
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III) and OverDrive, a full-service digital distributor of ebooks, agreed on plans for deep API integration of OverDrive services into III products, including Sierra and Encore Discovery Services Platform. The plans with OverDrive include an option to take the integration beyond digital and into the physical collection.
Posted Apr 26, 2013
Impelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, announced that it has entered into a partnership with DataLore Inc. The two companies will work to offer branded ebookstores to schools and colleges located throughout the Caribbean region.
Posted Apr 16, 2013
BillyFish had just set out to create the ebook version of its flagship book, a story of the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, which came out Aug. 1, 2012, in print. Without the ebook version, the company faced losing revenue in the expanding digital market, which includes, says Stevens, "a surprisingly broad demographic including seniors and people traveling on vacation." With this travel and adventure book, missing the August vacation traveler on his e-reader would be a critical mistake. However, as the print date approached, the vendor chosen for the task of producing the ebook showed signs of distress. Once the people at BillyFish Books found the problem, they were concerned they might miss their publication deadline.
Posted Apr 15, 2013
Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have long been quietly working behind the scenes to make sure content producers can get their products to consumers. But just like everyone else in the content business, CDNs are facing changes. EContent talked to Charles White, chief revenue officer for Mirror Image about the changes facing his industry.
Posted Apr 05, 2013
Wondering what today's weather will be like? Then it's time to check Twitter, because the social media site has struck a deal with The Weather Channel, according to AllThingsD. Now, when weather-related activity starts to heat-up on Twitter, TWC will feed custom content to users.
Posted Apr 03, 2013
Trapit announced the launch of the Trapit Publisher Suite. Built on its intelligent, personalized discovery engine, the application enables publishers and brands to create experiences tailored to individual readers. Launching with Here Media's "Advocate Discovery" application, Trapit's technology helps publishers engage audiences by delivering the most relevant content for each reader from the publisher's network of publications, as well as topically relevant content from around the web.
Posted Apr 03, 2013
Curata, Inc., a content curation platform, announced that it is developing a Google Reader replacement that is specifically designed for business users, following Google's March 13, 2013 announcement of its intentions to discontinue Google Reader. Curata plans to utilize existing intelligent content processing technology from its flagship content curation product. The company is currently accepting invitations in anticipation of the public launch of Curata Reader.
Posted Apr 03, 2013
Flipboard announced its latest update, which includes new content from Etsy and new tools that allow users to become content curators in their own right. The upgrade at the center of this release allows users to save content -- from articles to videos -- and organize it into "magazines."
Posted Mar 28, 2013
Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced it will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland , which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon's pilot line-up, will be made available for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK.
Posted Mar 25, 2013
SpringerPlus, the interdisciplinary, fully open access journal, is now indexed by PubMed Central and Scopus. Consequently, authors publishing with SpringerPlus will enjoy broader exposure of their research work. SpringerPlus is part of SpringerOpen, the publisher's portfolio of over 120 open access journals across all areas of science.
Posted Mar 19, 2013
Ex Libris Group, a provider of library automation solutions, announced an agreement with Swets, that will enable mutual customers to search the SwetsWise Online Content database via the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic materials.
Posted Mar 19, 2013
While the newspaper industry has been embracing the need to charge readers for online content, bloggers have been more hesitant to take the paywall plunge-for good reason. More often than not, bloggers just don't have the audience or name recognition needed to convince readers that their content is worth paying for. But on Jan. 2, 2013, pioneering blogger Andrew Sullivan announced that his popular blog The Dish was leaving The Daily Beast to move to its own subscription-supported model. The media pounced on the news, debating the merits of Sullivan's move. While the discussion continues, it's likely that it will be a while before we know if his bold move will pay off.
Posted Mar 11, 2013
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Marc Maron's WTF. It makes for fascinating conversations, but it's also interesting from an econtent perspective. Maron has used this podcast to reach a whole new generation of fans; he has parlayed this connection into new opportunities in TV and beyond. More importantly, he's not the only comedian taking his act straight to fans.
Posted Mar 07, 2013