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A new collaborative, online publishing tool, Medium, has been announced. The brainchild of Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, Medium is designed to allow users to collaborate on works being published on the site, according to the company blog. After reading a work, users can indicate if they liked it, give feedback to the writer, and add to it. Once a work is posted, it will be organized into "collections", which are defined by a theme and a template.

Posted Aug 15, 2012

All this talk about responsive web design among so-called content strategists makes me want to puke. Multi-device layout patterns? Fluid proportion-based grids and flexible images? Progressive enhancement? Unobtrusive JavaScript? Want to barf yet? Who could blame ya?Promulgated by well-intentioned members of the digerati -- folks like information architects and user experience designers -- responsive web design promises to help organizations provide a single source of content that is easy-to-read and navigate, especially when it's being viewed on a mobile device.

Posted Aug 02, 2012

Los Angeles native Jamarlin Martin, 34, planted the seed for Moguldom Media Group in 2006 with a $6 domain name investment. Since then, the company - which bills itself as the world's largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African Americans, as measured by comScore online reach - says it has seen strong year over year growth. EContent recently had a chance to chat with Martin, Moguldom's CEO and Chairman, about the company's origins, what sets Moguldom apart from its competitors, and some of its future plans.

Posted Aug 01, 2012

Interactive ebook company, Inkling, announced the debut of Version 3.0 which will make the company's ebooks available for both the iPhone and iPod Touch, according to TechCruch. Previously, the company responsible for interactive college textbooks, made them exclusively for the iPad. The company sees this as a way to expand Inkling's reach by getting into the hands of more consumers.

Posted Jul 31, 2012

A new travel website called Skift has launched and founder Rafat Ali believes it will bring together a fractured world of travel sites. According to paidContent - which was originally founded by Ali - the site aims to give users a place to read about the different facets of travel, including air travel, cruises, hotel information, and rentals. It will also include stories on the travel industry, covering mergers and acquisitions, and startups.

Posted Jul 30, 2012

Multimedia company, Kidela.com, announced the end of the company's beta test and official launch of its website. Kidela.com says the site will feature news stories about start-ups, growing businesses and innovative groups while sharing stories of inspired companies and not-for-profit groups.

Posted Jul 24, 2012

The internet has blurred the line between medium and message but it hasn't changed the need for reliable, essential information. People are exposed to more content than ever before. On tablets, smart phones, television, radio and paper, consumers are presented with headlines, articles, infographics, videos, and commentary from friends and experts -- and most consider all of it to be news.

Posted Jul 20, 2012

With more than 6,500 employees, a number of locations, and a broad mandate, managers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system are responsible for a steady and diverse stream of projects at any given time. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's interim director of content and publications, communications and marketing, Ryan Newswanger, supervises a wide range of short and long-term web projects at any given time. His team was using a content management system and basic project management software to keep track of the team's activities, but was struggling to keep projects on track and on time. Newswanger felt his team constantly risked missing deadlines. He decided that deeper insights were needed into the entire scope of the projects he managed in order to better meet deadlines, but also to set realistic goals and project requirements.

Posted Jul 13, 2012

BookBaby has worked out a deal with the Government Services Administration which will allow all US government agencies to utilize BookBaby's ebook publishing products and services for its catalog of brochures, reports, and information. The company says government writings can soon be distributed as ebooks, making them accessible to employees and citizens using e-readers.

Posted Jun 28, 2012

In an effort to help web publishers "build their audience by leveraging their most valuable asset - content," LinkSmart, Inc. was launched Wednesday, June 27, along with its cloud-based Total Link Management (TLM) platform. The Boulder, CO-based LinkSmart was launched by Pete Sheinbaum, a 20-year publishing veteran and former DailyCandy CEO, who says that "the publishing industry is in a crisis" and he wants to help. TLM is the web publishing industry's "first complete text link management solution that analyzes, manages and optimizes text links on keywords in content," according to LinkSmart, a provider of text linking optimization solutions for web publishers.

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Amazon Prime customers can now borrow all seven Harry Potter books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. The Lending Library is a benefit to those that belong to Amazon's Prime membership group, which gives those members access to 145,000 books to borrow in addition to 18,000 movies and TV episodes for streaming. Members are allowed to borrow one book at a time with no return dates.

Posted Jun 19, 2012

GigaOM announced it is diving into the world of ebooks with the launch of GigaOM Books. According to the website, this venture will publish the writings of staff members as well as other writers it has discovered since the site was founded.

Posted Jun 12, 2012

Amazon has announced the acquisition of Avalon Books and the publication rights of Avalon's 3,000 backlist titles. Under the terms of agreement, Avalon books will be published under the West Coast imprints of Amazon Publishing and Avalon books will continue to be available in print for booksellers and libraries. None of Avalon's books have been digitized and Amazon will work to make these works available to Kindle customers.

Posted Jun 05, 2012

Impelsys has announced that its latest digital publishing software platform, iPublishCentral 4.0, is now available. The company says this platform will allow publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their ebooks without making significant capital or engineering investments on their own.

Posted Jun 04, 2012

With student loan debt recently topping out at $1 trillion, and the next wave of fresh-faced college graduates taking their newly-inked diplomas straight to the unemployment line, the question of whether higher education is worth the effort, time, and money is on many people's minds. The equation used to be so simple: go to college, complete a degree, and get a job. Not anymore. Luckily, for students with dreams of finding careers in the competitive world of publishing, all hope isn't lost. The Champlain College Publishing Initiative, a student-centric publishing company based at Champlain College, not only teaches students about the publishing industry, it turns them into editors, designers, and publishers, all before they even step foot off campus.

Posted May 25, 2012

Amazon will be debuting three new blogs in the near future, according to The Daily. One blog will be about tech gear and gadgets offering reviews of new products, which will then link back to the Amazon site for purchase. Another blog will be entertainment based discussing comics, movies, and TV shows. The third blog will revolve around digital photography and apps that accompany it.

Posted May 14, 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

As we watch newspapers continue to struggle with the digital transformation, it's worth looking at another time in history when newspapers grappled with a disruptive technology. That's right, the introduction of the internet was not the first time newspapers were rocked by revolutionary upheaval. In the middle of the 19th century, as the telegraph started to take hold, newspapers initially saw it as a threat before coming to a realization: It could actually transform the industry. Sound familiar?

Posted May 08, 2012

Ingram Content Group has reworked the search options on ipage, its digital and print book search engine. The revamped site has been given a host of new features. The new site allows users to better track best sellers and offers enhanced options when users search for titles. ipage can locate search terms across the entire spectrum of ipage items, such as books, e-books, audio books, and other products.

Posted May 07, 2012

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced the launch of its new Digital Publishing Platform last week at MarkLogic World 2012 in Washington DC. With this new platform, TCS says Digital Publishing Platform will give its users the power to create, manage, distribute, optimize and monetize content. TCS says this will allow companies to quickly create digital products and distribute them effortlessly while improving revenue.

Posted May 07, 2012

In the traditional publishing model, an author with an idea would need to attract the attention of an agent or publisher who would evaluate the idea and the author's credentials and abilities in order to make a decision. Stories abound of frustrated authors who faced rounds of rejection before finding a home for their work-or simply giving up. Some of those rejected had truly brilliant insights and, ultimately, popular prose to offer. Notable among them are Stephen King, George Orwell, and J.K. Rowling.

Posted May 02, 2012

Following in the footsteps of newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter has announced the launch of The Hollywood Reporter Social Reader, a free Facebook app that allows readers to read and share entertainment news, reviews, blog posts and videos from the entertainment news outlet.

Posted Apr 24, 2012

The familiar refrain "content is king" is no longer true. It's not. Really. Today, in order to be worthy of a royal title, content must be coupled with an exceptional experience that provides outstanding value. Amazing content experiences provide content as a service and take full advantage of our increasingly mobile, web-connected, device-centric world.

Posted Apr 24, 2012

Maney Publishing launched a web-based system designed to handle the tracking, information, and reporting elements of the journal production process. ManeyTrack was developed in collaboration with MPS Limited. Via MPS, the system is available for licensing to other publishers.

Posted Apr 05, 2012

Van Gennep M.A.C.'s new PublishingNOW! platform aims to expedite workflows by offering users control over the complete publishing process. The company claims PublishingNOW! is the first complete publishing platform based on a digital asset management system.

Posted Mar 27, 2012

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