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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

Have you ever had the pleasure of walking into a production editor's office in a major publishing house? No? Well, you're missing out. It usually resembles an episode of Hoarders. Picture this: Stacks of paper teeter perilously around a desk while a stressed-out individual sits behind an ancient desk, washed out by fluorescent light bulbs. Hundreds if not thousands of books line the shelves, and if you're really lucky, you'll spot the ancient artifact referred to as a Fuji ... yes, like the film. A Fuji is a plastic sleeve filled with (hopefully) the final version of a cover sent by the printer for approval.

Posted Mar 27, 2012

Brand-named writers, marquee editors, and publications named after founders is nothing new to publishing. Think H.L. Menken, Walter Winchell, Anna Wintour, Helen Gurley Brown, Brill's Content, O, Martha Stewart Living... In some cases, the brand elevates the writer or editor to recognizable status; in others, the publication is purely an extension of an individual's personal brand.With the rise of social media, the professional is personal. Social is fundamentally entwined with media. Yet as it has always been for old media, there is risk for new media too reliant upon the one-man-brand. When a brand is bound to a single personality, there are issues of scale, growth and, of course, the potential for implosion upon the eponymous leader's departure.

Posted Mar 21, 2012

MarkLogic Corp., a provier of Big Data applications, announced Associated Press has launched a content analysis tool which is used to search AP archives to create custom archive products and datasets for AP customers in an effort to drive revenue and business insight.

Posted Mar 20, 2012

MarkLogic Corp., a provier of Big Data applications, announced Associated Press has launched a content analysis tool which is used to search AP archives to create custom archive products and datasets for AP customers in an effort to drive revenue and business insight.

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. announced that it will no longer print its Britannica encyclopedia set, having "complete[d] the transition from print to digital," editor-in-chief Dale Hoiberg said in a blog post. The company will still produce some print products, he said.

Posted Mar 15, 2012

An erotic novel (with BD/SM and a whole lot of sex) titled Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, is sweeping the suburbs, the cities, red and blue states alike just like Peyton Place and The Story of O did 60 years ago. On the Amazon paid Kindle bestseller lists, as of the first week of March, Fifty Shades of Grey is No. 1 in both Erotica and Romance and No. 5 overall. Not bad for a self-published book by a first-time author. The TODAY Show estimated that over 120,000 copies have been sold, most of them ebooks. (Amazon is being characteristically tight-lipped on copies actually sold, so only Amazon and Ms. James really know for sure.) A paperback is available by print-on-demand but the ebook version is what's really flying off the e-shelves.

Posted Mar 15, 2012

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