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There have been many studies of consumer shopping habits and what drives the purchase of unplanned items. Product displays, sales, placement, packaging, signage: These all play a part in driving purchases, particularly for items that were not part of the reason the consumer went to that store. Emotion and instant gratification play a big part too. But do these same rules apply when it comes to ebook shopping?

Posted Mar 12, 2013

Paste Media Group, publisher of online popular culture destination PasteMagazine.com, announced the launch of PASTE.COM, a new members-only digital magazine reviving the tradition of Paste's print magazine (published 2002-2010) in an online format. PASTE.com is ideal for longer reads, listening to new music, and exclusive video, while PasteMagazine.com will continue to live on as a news website.

Posted Feb 28, 2013

With its generous use of color and graphics--and its emphasis on shorter news stories--USA TODAY, the self-described "nation's newspaper," made a big splash when it stepped onto the national news scene 30 years ago in September 1982."USA TODAY sort of imagined what web publishing, web content would look like before we knew there was going to be a web," says Alan D. Mutter, a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures involving journalism and technology.

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Even the most die-hard digital aficionado surely can't help but have a sneaky regard for the hard men of the 19th and 20th centuries arts and letters, such as van Gogh, Hemingway, and Picasso-who were all, allegedly, users of Moleskine notebooks with their iconic waxy black covers and elastic closures. It's been well-documented, however, that this impressive heritage is, in fact, marketing chutzpah, since the Moleskine brand was only invented (by an Italian company) in 1997.

Posted Dec 18, 2012

When David Feinleib, a California-based venture capitalist turned tech blogger, began to wonder what to post and when to post it, he had an arsenal of contacts in the Big Data world to help him figure this out. "These companies can all do these incredible things with their technology, but it's hard to get specific use-cases," or examples of a technology as applied to day-to-day business decisions. So Feinleib set off to find the company that would run analytics on the Forbes.com website to help his blog there and give him and the Forbes staff some useful input. He found Datameer, Inc., a Hadoop-based analytics software provider formed in 2009 that was nimble enough to do it.

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Another year in the digital age has come and gone, and ebook sales are still growing at "exponential" rates. All indicators would suggest that we've turned a corner and ebooks have been fully embraced by much of the book-consuming public. It's certainly been a banner year for sales, with record ebook and e-reading device sales. According to a Pew study, Christmas 2011 sales of e-readers and tablets almost doubled all of 2010's ownership rates bringing the market penetration to 20%. You don't have to be a genius to realize Christmas 2012 will likely blow that out of the water. But will those sales turn into long-term ebook growth? You can only sell so many e-reading devices, but there's no limit to ebook sales other than reader demand.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

It's true that with ebooks, we're no longer restricted by the traditional physical constraints. Rather than using this new found freedom to ramble incessantly, many authors have found that the serialization of a lengthy story actually implants the "hook" in a new reader's gills better than if the novel were to appear as a single narrative.

Posted Dec 06, 2012

Big Data. Pinterest. Ebooks. Mobile. HTML 5. Open source. The Facebook IPO. Content marketing. I could go on and on, but these are just a few of the terms that started floating through my head when I began thinking about writing my end-of-the-year column.It's hard trying to sum up what's been a big-no- huge year in the digital content world. Depending on your job title, you might think 2012 was the year of Big Data, or the year ebooks finally went mainstream, or the year social media went from being a fun way to kill some time to an essential business tool (but a risky addition to your stock portfolio). And any of those conclusions would be right.

Posted Dec 06, 2012

Posted Dec 05, 2012

Glossi.com, a new publishing platform that enables anyone to create and share their own digital magazines, announced its public beta launch. Individuals and brands who receive invitations to the beta product will now be able to fully use Glossi.com to publish across devices. A free tool, Glossi.com empowers both casual and professional creators to capture and present ideas, information and creativity in an elegant form.

Posted Dec 04, 2012

It seems that News Corp.'s foray into the world of iPad-only newspapers is coming to an end - at least for now. With a reported annual operating cost of $30 million dollars, The Daily will be closing its virtual newsroom on December 15, according to Good Ereader.

Posted Dec 04, 2012

In my last column, I discussed some fundamental rules that remain in place even as journalism is changing before our eyes. But as the role of journalism changes, we are still bringing new generations of journalists into the fold--and I happen to have one in my own house.

Posted Dec 04, 2012

Random House is adding three new digital-only imprints to its line-up, according to Publisher's Weekly. The publishing giant -- which announced a merger with Penguin earlier this year -- will introduce Alibi, Flirt, and Hydra. The imprints will produce mysteries/thrillers, YA, and science fiction respectively. Random House is also, reportedly, expanding its romance digital imprint, Loveswept.

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Amazon.com, Inc. announced that a bonus of $1.5 million has been added to the KDP Select global fund this holiday season. This is on top of the regular monthly fund during from December-February. Authors worldwide can earn a share of the total global fund every time their book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr, and reach more readers than ever before.

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Digital publishing house Vertical Media has obtained a €600,000 from investors. The funding will be used to introduce new products and expand existing business portfolios. The Berlin publishing house produces online magazines: Gründerszene.de and VentureVillage.eu and hosting the Heureka! conference, along with networking events and seminars.

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Future, the international media group and leading digital publisher, is to launch tech., a weekly international iPad magazine aimed at busy technology enthusiasts.On-sale November 29, priced at $0.99 for a single issue or $28.99 for an annual subscription, tech. summarizes the week in technology, putting its own unique interactive spin on the best reaction to each week's key consumer technology news stories, giving readers a full range of opinion in one bite-size chunk.

Posted Nov 26, 2012

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the launch of StatisticsViews.com, a new website created for professional statisticians, analysts, students, and any user of statistics in interdisciplinary subjects as the first place to go when looking for any information related to statistical research.StatisticsViews.com provides all users of statistics with access to the best statistics information that Wiley offers, delivering a new service and "one-stop shop" for the statistics community.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Mag+ introduced its new Mag+ App SDK (Software Development Kit), which opens the Mag+ engine to publishers, agencies and app developers. Now publishers can choose between using Mag+'s award-winning white-label app or building their own app with the SDK, while still taking advantage of the Mag+ creative toolset and powerful distribution backend.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

First there was Blogger. Then there was Twitter. Now, somewhere in between those concepts is Medium, the ambitious new creation of co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, who are responsible for all three social media online publishing tools.Launched recently by Williams' and Stone's Obvious Corp., Medium offers a fresh take on blogging by combining some of the best features already built into competitor sites such as Tumblr, Pinterest, reddit, and Zeen. Medium's design lets users collaborate on works consisting of words and/or images that are published on the site. After reading a work, users can provide feedback to the author, indicate if they liked it, and supplement it with additional content.

Posted Nov 12, 2012

There are countless self-publishing solutions for book authors, but now Blurb is offering a solution for magazines, according to Good Ereader. The service allows customers digital publishing as well as Print-on-Demand.

Posted Nov 08, 2012

This won't be good news for comic book collectors of the future, but for millions of e-reader owners the announcement that DC Comics will now make its serialized comics available digitally from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Up until now, comic fans could only get graphic novels on their e-readers.

Posted Nov 08, 2012

Close your eyes and say it out loud: book.Now what do you see? When we call something a book, an expectation automatically bubbles to the surface, nurtured by centuries of collective historical memory. The name evokes a specific shape, structure, and format - not to mention an entire catalogue of sensory details. There is romance in its tangibility. Ebook naysayers and wary bibliophiles often refer to the feel and smell of a book, claiming how such simple pleasures are irreplaceable. Perhaps they are.

Posted Nov 01, 2012

Zinio announced a magazine reading app for Windows 8. The release of Zinio for Windows 8 draws upon the unique features of the new operating system to further expand Zinio's host of magazine reading applications for PCs and tablets.

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Traditional publishers may still have a love-hate relationship with ebooks and e-readers, but self-publishers aren't feeling the least bit conflicted about digital books. In fact, according to a Bowker report, the number of books published digitally has nearly tripled-287% since 2007 to be exact. Many of these digital-only books are self-published.

Posted Oct 25, 2012

The Daily Pilot is making some changes to its distribution, and embracing apps. According to its website, the publication has developed apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, and will subsequently print one less physical edition per week.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

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