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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

Newsweek shocked the publishing world, announcing that as of December 31, 2012, the nearly 80-year-old magazine will cease to be a print publication and will, instead, go all-digital. But the magazine isn't just concentrating on enhancing its web presence.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Adult Swim launched a new digital comedy website called Thing X, led by former Onion editor Joe Randazzo and several other members of the popular humor site. Thing X uses the conceptual launch point of a click-hungry web portal to satirize everything on the Internet through exclusive videos, columns, interviews, reviews, e-mails, podcasts, and more. The site also boasts an active social media presence, as well as original interviews and performances from comedians.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Last month I wrote about some of the immediate effects of the DOJ ebook settlement, including the reduction of prices on many HarperCollins e-books within a few days of the court's acceptance of the settlement. This month Hachette -- a former settlement holdout -- released JK Rowling's first adult book The Casual Vacancy. However, a look at the Amazon Kindle page shows a note that reads, "This price was set by the publisher." When initially released it was listed at $17.99 (and had quite a few formatting errors.). It's been lowered to $14.99 this week, but it's still more than half the list price for the hardcover. Amazon is selling the hardcover below list, at $20.90 but the Kindle edition is still substantially less.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Quark announced the new App StudioTM, the next generation digital publishing solution. By combining the market-leading HTML5 technology from the recent acquisition of PressRun with Quark's existing digital publishing technology, App Studio is now the only digital publishing solution that allows users to create customized apps with HTML5, QuarkXPress, InDesign, and XML.

Posted Oct 16, 2012

The Chicago Tribune and Agate Digital announced the launch of the Chicago Tribune Ebook Collection, a growing library of standalone ebooks created from Tribune news and features stories, columns and photography. The collection runs to gamut from current affairs to biography, from sports to cooking. The ebooks will draw on contemporary material as well as the Tribune's archives.

Posted Oct 15, 2012

HarperCollins Publishers announced it will roll out a new global publishing system. Global Product Manager, developed in partnership with Publishing Technology, will enable HarperCollins to unify editorial, marketing and business data around the world. By integrating systems and assets across the globe, the new centralized system will provide the company with the infrastructure needed to maximize its extensive catalogue of books, e-books, and apps.

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Ganxy announced the launch of its Showcase service which offers a consistent interactive display across diverse marketing channels where readers can browse, buy, and connect with authors and publishers.

Posted Oct 09, 2012

It wasn't so long ago that self-publishing was viewed as a bit, shall we say, déclassé. Distribution was often facilitated by the trunk of the author's car, and word-of-mouth was the only form of publicity. Thanks to ebooks, the internet, and the availability of digital publishing platforms, however, things are changing. The stigma of self-publishing has diminished, and even previously trade-published authors are giving it a try.

Posted Oct 09, 2012

Advanced Publishing Corporation announced the beta version of VIZION5, which enables the company to create and deliver rich interactive versions of magazines and other publications across multiple devices. Advanced Publishing's VIZION5 offers enhanced zoom capabilities, dynamic social media feeds, easy to use table of contents features, and cross device bookmarking and annotation tools.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

Author J.K. Rowling knows how to cast a spell on readers with her enthralling stories. But she and her publisher probably wish they had a magic wand that could undo the troublesome technical defect in the faulty first run of the ebook version of her new novel, The Casual Vacancy.

Posted Oct 05, 2012

Recent findings from Bowker Market Research reveal that 55% of readers who purchased young adult books belonged to the 18-and-up age bracket. In fact, the largest segment of those adult book buyers were between the ages of 30 and 44, and a good portion of that percentage were buying these books for themselves as opposed to gifts.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

Bookouture is a new digital publishing imprint launched by ex-Harlequin UK Marketing Controller Oliver Rhodes. Specializing in entertaining women's fiction, Bookouture will publish ebooks and print-on-demand globally; paying a 45% of net receipts royalty on eBooks.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

For most magazine readers, the physical experience of flipping through glossy pages and tearing out the things you want to share is the part they love the most. Now, readers can experience the joy of clipping and sharing content in the digital world as well, with a new feature from the MAZ platform called "Clippings."

Posted Oct 02, 2012

Over 450,000 ebooks and e-journal contributions, over 15 million database entries, and some 17,000 open-access journal articles are now available at De Gruyter Online. The consolidation of all content at a single platform offers scholars advantages, as research can now be conducted conveniently from one interface, regardless of the publication format or distribution model. There are a range of helpful features at De Gruyter Online to make day-to-day use easier, including alerting services that inform users about new releases in a specific field, as well as export interfaces for all major citation services.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

Quark announced its new enterprise publishing platform for customer communications. Quark Publishing PlatformTM is an integrated solution that automates the creation and delivery of rich, interactive content across print, web, and digital formats. As an open solution, Quark Publishing Platform is architected to work with existing enterprise infrastructures and business systems to optimize the publishing process.

Posted Sep 27, 2012

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