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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

In an effort to transition from print to digital, Thompson Media Group, LLC (TMG) has signed an agreement with Atex. Atex's web-based CMS will provide online versions of TMG's compliance, regulatory, and market information publications.

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Games have been around since before recorded history, but it's only within the past 2 years that they've really gotten down to (online) business. As acceptance of and familiarity with game mechanisms within online social networks and on entertainment sites increase, games are popping up on once-static web properties as a means of captivating audiences, enhancing market research, and stimulating conversation between companies and customers.

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Ebook and audiobook distributor OverDrive, Inc. acquired ebook company Booki.sh, from Inventive Labs, in a deal of which terms were not disclosed. OverDrive plans to integrate Booki.sh's cloud-based, web-accessible platform.

Posted Mar 06, 2012

MadCap Software, Inc. released MadCap Flare 8.0, a single-source technical authoring application. Version 8.0 adds HTML5 web output, EPUB ebook output, and enhanced PDF print functionality, and features a revamped user interface.

Posted Mar 01, 2012

From People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" to Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive," readers sure do love them some lists! It's a well-documented fact. If you throw a numbered list into your publication or onto your website, it's like catnip for your audience. (It doesn't hurt if you also throw a shirtless Bradley Cooper on the cover either.) As a result, editors like myself have to produce these things.

Posted Feb 28, 2012

Pottermore, home of the Harry Potter ebooks, entered a distribution agreement with OverDrive, Inc. OverDrive will exclusively host the Harry Potter ebook and digital audiobook collection for its network of more than 18,000 public and school libraries.

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Much attention is focused on the struggles of traditional news media brands to profit from the transition from print to digital. One often-discussed issue faced by media companies is the vast quantity of free alternatives-which range from bot-driven headline scraping to one-person blog sites and a whole generation of new media brands. Among these new media disrupters are an increasing number of operations with reputations for timely targeted news and content quality that have begun to rival those of some of the most venerated traditional media brands.High on that list is The Huffington Post.

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Altova has updated its MissionKit suite of XML, database, and UML tools for the second time this year. Altova has incorporated more features that are commonly requested by MissionKit users, like EPUB support and RichEdit functionality.

Posted Feb 24, 2012

CoreMedia AG developed a content management system tailored specifically for the media and entertainment industries. Users can create and deliver contextualized content in real time to their targeted online audiences.

Posted Feb 23, 2012

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