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Beginning in January 2012, Public Library Online, through a partnership with Google, will offer its members digital editions of books on "virtual bookshelves" accessible on library terminals and online. The two shelves available are The Arden Shakespeare and Our Environment.
Posted Dec 13, 2011
This spring, some research had me making a series of calls to a range of people in the book publishing business, including authors, agents, publishers, and consultants. The topic-in broad terms-was about the shift to digital. How did these publishing leaders see the shift occurring today? How was it going so far, and-more importantly-what might the publishing landscape look like in 3 or 5 years?
Posted Dec 05, 2011
Content Curation is the act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter. Though it is still considered a "buzz word" by many in the content world, content curation is now becoming a marketing staple for many companies with a successful online presence.Unlike content marketing, content curation does include generating content, but instead, amassing content from a variety of sources, and delivering it in an organized fashion. For instance, a content curator is not necessarily responsible for creating new content, but instead, for finding relevant content pertaining to a specific category and funneling this information to readers in a mash-up style.
Posted Nov 30, 2011
Earlier this week, book publisher Penguin Group revoked access to new ebooks from libraries and suspended the "Get for Kindle" library lending option on all of its ebook titles, citing security concerns. Penguin has since restored library lending for Kindle on all existing ebooks, but its new ebook titles remain unavailable to libraries in any format pending further information from Penguin.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
Few, if any, would argue that the internet has dramatically and permanently changed the publishing industry. As print publishers have scrambled to find ways to compete with and, ultimately, embrace the digital world, some are excelling through a combination of traditional and online options. Others, new to publishing, are operating in the online-only world, but everyone is dealing with the age-old problem of circulation building and audience development.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
ProQuest has partnered with the NAACP to digitize the association's archives: nearly 2 million pages of internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices nationwide. Start and end dates for the project were not disclosed. The collection will be fully searchable and electronically accessed as PDFs.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Beginning in early 2012, Disney will contribute family-friendly video entertainment to YouTube as well as Disney.com. Both companies will spend a combined $10 to $15 million on original video series produced by Disney and distributed on a co-branded channel on Disney.com and YouTube.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Education, technology, and business publishers worldwide can expand the reach of their content through an agreement between Safari Books Online and Ingram Content Group's CoreSource platform. Ingram's CoreSource is an online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
Clearspring Technologies, Inc., a content distributor, has acquired social data tool XGraph, Inc. The amount of the deal was undisclosed, but it involved equity as well as cash. Clearspring provides content and analysis of content and advertising that are distributed through social media tools and apps.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
Disney-ABC Television Group signed a video licensing agreement with Amazon, providing Amazon Prime members with an added 800 titles available for instant streaming. This partnership expands the Prime library to include nearly 13,000 television shows and movies.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Netflix will bring its services to the U.K. and Ireland starting in early 2012. According to paidContent, Netflix will offer unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies but its DVD movie rental business will not expand overseas. The international expansion is aimed at internet-enabled TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
For the past week or two I've been dealing with friends and family clamoring for the iPhone 4S. One friend called me from her new phone to tell me all about the ridiculous and hilarious conversations she has with Siri. Apparently, if you threaten to buy an Android phone, it will yell at you. In light of all the "I will destroy Android" coverage the Steve Jobs biography has been receiving, I like to think of him showing up in the Siri labs with a smirk on his face, suggesting his programmers make Siri share his hatred of Droid phones.
Posted Oct 24, 2011
Nielsen published its Cross-Platform Report for Q2 2011, which looks at Americans' media consumption preferences and habits for TV, internet, and mobile devices. The report found that emerging technologies and content options, including online video, mobile video, live streaming, and video on demand, helped drive anywhere/anytime viewing.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
With newsrooms shrinking, journalists need somewhere to peddle their wares. But needs don't generally go unmet in the digital age. Enter MediaCooler. In a Q&A with Journalism.co.uk the CEO of Media Cooler, Alison Yesilcimen, describes the site this way: "It's an online content market place that allows professional journalists to showcase and sell features and columns to global publications."
Posted Oct 19, 2011
Wiley-Blackwell, of John Wiley & Songs, Inc., has teamed up with the International Reading Association (IRA) to publish its three journals: The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
OverDrive, Inc. will share details of its new WIN Catalog this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The catalog is designed to maximize discovery and potential sell-through by providing samples and links to national and local booksellers for library website visitors that discover a title and "Want It Now."
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Netflix, Inc. backed out on its plan to split its DVD-by-mail service into a separate company called Qwikster, which was met with customer backlash and unsubscriptions. Netflix originally announced this plan on September 18, adding insult to injury after its 60% price hike in July.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
On October 10, 2011, comScore released a report titled "Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits." The report's aim was to uncover the impact of mobile devices, those beyond the computer, on the direction of digital media and digital content distribution and consumption.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Much like print publishers have stood by and watched their customer base dwindle as the web took over, cable companies have been watching as their customers found new alternatives to shelling out hundreds of dollars for the privelege of watching The Jersey Shore. Accounts vary, but so far "cord-cutters" have represented a relatively small drop off in revenues. As internet connected TVs become more popular and a whole new generation of kids come out of college without any intention of ever getting a cable hook-up, smart pay-TV providers are looking for new ways to offer their consumers value.
Posted Oct 10, 2011
Hulu announced a multi-year agreement that brings Hulu and Hulu Plus members hundreds of hours of Spanish-language video from the Univision family of networks. Novelas, variety shows, comedies, and reality series, including current season primetime programming from the Univision Network and library content, will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus starting later this year.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
Public and school libraries powered by OverDrive can now lend ebooks to be read on the Kindle. Amazon and OverDrive first announced the service in April of this year. OverDrive expects to have the Kindle compatibility rolled out to all library sites within days.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
Amazon.com announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they'll have all of the features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries.
Posted Sep 21, 2011
Netflix will split into two brands: Netflix for streaming, and Qwikster for DVD rental, according to CEO Reed Hastings. As reported on paidContent, the company announced it would be separating the two services and increasing subscription cost earlier this summer, but was criticized for lack of adequate communication on the matter.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, LLC released Nursing Education in Video, a collection of educational and training videos for nurses from Medcom-Trainex. The partnership between Alexander Street Press and Medcom-Trainex resulted in a collection of 260 full-length titles.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Amazon and the Hearst Corporation expanded their relationship regarding consumer marketing, ecommerce, and content. The companies announced that Amazon will become the largest third-party seller of print subscriptions for Hearst's magazines over digital channels, and will also work with Hearst in ecommerce.
Posted Sep 15, 2011