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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

When it comes to digital content, we always seem to be looking for the next big thing-from websites to social networking to apps. In that quest to be the next big thing, many technology startups come and go, while others strike with that magical combination of the right technology for the right device at the right time. Still others quickly grab our attention, only to reveal a lack of staying power over time. For example, "We saw a big pop a year or so ago around funding mobile companies based on location-based [technology], such as Foursquare, and those companies are not too hot right now," says Richard Hull, a former film and TV producer who advises many of the nation's largest media and entertainment companies on content strategy, finance, and distribution.

Posted Feb 22, 2012

ContentNext Media, Inc., previously part of Guardian News & Media (GNM) Ltd., has joined forces with GigaOM, owned by Giga Omni Media, Inc. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed, but GigaOM is buying paidContent.org, mocoNews.net, contentSutra, and paidContent:UK.

Posted Feb 09, 2012

Pew research from the University of Missouri shows that internet users often come across their news serendipitously while they are searching for other information or doing nonnews-related activities online, such as shopping or visiting social networking sites. This information is hardly surprising, but there are wider implications, for media outlets.

Posted Feb 01, 2012

Guess what's back in vogue: that lovely old chestnut, the paywall. In September, The Boston Globe announced it was putting up a paywall for its new http://bostonglobe.com website, leaving the very popular http://boston.com intact but apparently with less free content.It's part of a trend we are seeing in the newspaper world. Desperate to find new sources of revenue, traditional media is trying the tried-and-true paywall. The New York Times--which owns The Boston Globe by the way--made the transition last spring, but this was a paywall with a twist. It wasn't so much a wall as maybe a hedge.

Posted Jan 31, 2012

Mediaspectrum, Inc. updated its Adrenalin content management product to provide better ad serving and tracking. Adrenalin 2.0 is a cloud-based platform that enables users to manage multimedia content, advertising, and subscriptions, and automates mobile news, publishing, and commerce for digital readership.

Posted Jan 26, 2012

It's true in any industry: you never know where the next success story is going to come from. That's especially true in the world of digital publishing, where anyone with a passion and a little bit of know-how can start a site or community for like-minded people across the globe. No where was this more evident than in the story of Sean Collins, an icon in the surfing community and founder of Surfline.com.

Posted Jan 20, 2012

The Atlantic Media Co. plans to launch a business site, on track to go up later this year, that will focus on global business. Kevin Delaney, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, has been announced as the new Atlantic site's editor-in-chief.

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Aptara, Inc. released an updated version of its PXE web-based digital publishing platform. PXE4.1 is designed to streamline the production process, accelerate the delivery of digital and mobile content, improve content flexibility, and extend workflow capabilities.

Posted Jan 19, 2012

North Korea's official newspaper, The Rodong Singmun, released an English-language digital version. The English version of the paper is divided into four sections: "Supreme Leaders' Activities," "In DPRK" (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), "Inter-Korean," and "International."

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Progressive Publishing Alternatives (PPA), part of The Magnus Group, Inc., launched its new website and included more resources and educational tools about editorial services for publishing. These tools can be referenced to help establish editorial and production strategies.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

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