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Apress, a publisher of technology books, announced the launch of ApressOpen, a program that offers technology companies and professionals the opportunity to publish technical and business content under an open access model. With ApressOpen, content will be freely available through online distribution channels and electronic formats with the goal of disseminating professionally edited and technically reviewed content to the worldwide community.

Posted Oct 09, 2012

Google and book publishers have come to an understanding of sorts, ending a lawsuit that has been ongoing since 2005 when publishers first took legal action against the search engine which had begun scanning print copies of books from libraries and making them findable and searchable online.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

OwnZones, which gathers premium subscription multimedia content tailored to user interests into a convenient ad-free site, has launched beta of the service. OwnZones is now open to anyone and registration is free. Consumers and potential media partners are invited to check out the site and provide valuable feedback that will help shape OwnZones for a full launch.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

OverDrive, a distributor of ebooks for libraries and schools, announced the release of the free OverDrive Media Console app for NOOK, making it easier for users to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from libraries and schools. With the new OverDrive app, users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can wirelessly borrow ebooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

Springer will begin migrating its global library customers to the new version of its platform, SpringerLink. The platform was re-engineered with a focus on improving the user experience based on three principles: speed, simplicity and optimization.

Posted Oct 01, 2012

Founded by Christian Puricelli, former CEO of Onrest Web Services, and Filmon Ghirmai, MyNews.is began a quest to transform how people discover and read news articles. MyNews.is is a personalized discovery magazine, that let's people discover news that is of interest to them. Users choose their categories and sources that interest them and then rate these sources. MyNews.is then selects news stories that may interest the user.

Posted Sep 17, 2012

InfoDesk announced the launch of InfoMonitor, a new once-daily competitive intelligence, news and media monitoring service. InfoMonitor brings an organization all the important news and information, from their preferred sources in one custom-edited, easily digestible daily email update.

Posted Aug 29, 2012

The Random House Group announced it has joined Public Library Online, launching with digital bookshelves from Jacqueline Wilson, Joanna Trollope, Katie Fforde, Lee Child, and PG Wodehouse. These titles will be available on the service from August 21 with further shelves to follow, including James Patterson.

Posted Aug 21, 2012

The web: It's everywhere. It's a modern miracle. An amazing technological advancement that, when combined with mobile devices and wireless broadband, provides humanity with the promise of a more equitable dispersement of information and wealth...err, hypothetically. Despite the ubiquity of technology and the widespread availability of the mobile web, there are many places in the world where information critical to survival isn't available in a way that's relevant to those who need it. But it doesn't have to be that way. All that's needed is an understanding of the actual problems in need of solving.

Posted Jul 05, 2012

There is no doubt that the folks over at Flipboard have created a great product and business model for themselves and their investors. It's really almost as simple as the Google model. Create a technology that grabs "other people's content" and assemble it in a new way that the consumer desires and then monetize the heck out of it. Do all of this in the name of a noble mission to truly help provide the content providers with a new way to drive sales and profits and give consumers/readers what they want. This is magical from a P&L standpoint because companies like Google and Flipboard have no content or editorial costs in their business model. Use third party free content and make huge money in the assembly and showcasing of this content.

Posted Jun 29, 2012

The New York Times and Flipboard have announced a joint venture to bring the Times to Flipboard for the iPad and iPhone. Times subscribers will have access to all content including full articles, videos, photos, and blogs. The New York Times believes partnering up with Flipboard will enhance the "NYT Everywhere" strategy by giving users greater mobile access to the Times while still keeping the subscriber model.

Posted Jun 26, 2012

OverDrive, a distributor of ebook and audiobook services for libraries, announced the launch of Next Generation, a new service designed to work with libraries to make it easier to rent digital material. Some of the features of Next Generation include streaming audiobooks, instant access to library ebook collections on and offline, faster and predictive search, and multi-cart ordering.

Posted Jun 21, 2012

ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced Extended Access for titles purchased under a single-user license. Extended Access is intended to reduce up-front costs to the library, eliminate speculative purchases of multiple copies, and prevent turn-aways when titles are in use.

Posted Jun 18, 2012

Credo Reference has announced plans to serve public libraries with a new suite of digital and information literacy solutions called Literati Public. This suite was developed with partnership of public libraries and is designed to give libraries tools needed to increase digital literacy skills in users. In addition, Literati Public can help librarians promote their brand and events.

Posted Jun 18, 2012

I'm in the process of reading Walter Isaacson's excellent biography of the contradictory and unpredictable man that was Steve Jobs. Isaacson wrote that in 2010, wracked with cancer, Jobs was on a mission to accomplish as much as he could before he died-and to that end he turned his keen attention to journalism.

Posted Jun 05, 2012

DeepDyve is making its library of peer-reviewed journal articles available to purchase for customers looking for articles relating to a number of different subject areas. This new service allows users to rent articles then gives them the option to buy if they choose.

Posted May 29, 2012

In the months since Pottermore finally opened for business, e-reader enthusiasts have been buying the Harry Potter ebooks in droves. Now Kobo users can also get in on the action, but just like everyone else, they'll have to purchase the ebooks through Pottermore.

Posted May 17, 2012

If you are one of the few people left who haven't read the Harry Potter novels, perhaps you just haven't had the right access: hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks sold through the Pottermore website. None of those options worked for you, but don't fret. Starting on June 19, you'll be able to borrow the ebooks from the Kindle Lending Library, giving you one more option to read J.K. Rowling's ubiquitous series.

Posted May 11, 2012

Knovel -a provider of web-based apps which combine technical information with analytic and search tools -- has added five publishing partners in order to continue expanding its content collections to meet demand across several industries. Knovel will look to these new partners to provide engineers in various fields with technical data skills needed to get jobs done as well as leadership strategies for managers.

Posted May 08, 2012

Publishing Technology, PLC and the China National Publications Import and Export Corp. (CNPIEC), unveiled the Digital Gateway, a digital publishing platform for Chinese libraries that was built on Publishing Technology's pub2web platform.

Posted Apr 18, 2012

You've all heard it before: Publishers are struggling to monetize content. You've probably also heard that content licensing partnerships can provide new revenues for publishers, but no one is telling you where to begin.

Posted Mar 05, 2012

Pottermore, home of the Harry Potter ebooks, entered a distribution agreement with OverDrive, Inc. OverDrive will exclusively host the Harry Potter ebook and digital audiobook collection for its network of more than 18,000 public and school libraries.

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Amazon announced a licensing agreement with Viacom, Inc. that will add "thousands" of TV episodes from MTV Networks, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, and CMT to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service.

Posted Feb 08, 2012

Google is expected to upgrade its One Pass paid content system in the next few weeks. The updates, specifics of which are yet unknown, will reportedly be designed to increase slow take-up among publishers and are reportedly based on feedback from One Pass' trialist partners.

Posted Feb 06, 2012

Netflix reported earnings of $41 million for 4Q 2011, or $0.73 per share, which is better than analysts expected the company to do after its difficult run in 3Q. Netflix's revenue rose 43% to $876 million, but overall, profits were down 13%.

Posted Jan 26, 2012

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