Digital Publishing

No longer is it just editors and agents on the subways and buses with their submission pile on Sony e-readers; it's actual, real, live, nonindustry people who just love to read. Harris Interactive, Inc. polled more than 2,000 people in July of this year and found that roughly 15% of those polled already owned an e-reader, and 15% of those who did not own an e-reader were likely to buy one in the next 6 months.

Posted Dec 15, 2011

ebrary announced the results of its Download Survey for which it asked more than 1,000 participating librarians about mobile and offline access to ebooks. Patrons value the portability of ebooks, which led 92% of respondents to say that providing offline access to ebooks was at least as important as providing online access to them, if not more so.

Posted Dec 14, 2011

The Authors Guild filed a motion for class certification in its first step on a new path of litigation after the rejection of the proposed Google Books Settlement, according to paidContent. A procedural step in any class-action lawsuit, the class certification ensures the lawsuit is brought on the behalf of all U.S. authors whose copyrighted work Google has scanned.

Posted Dec 14, 2011

Help+Manual 6, an authoring tool from EC Software GmbH, adds new output formats, including manuals that can be directly exported to and viewed on the Apple iPad and iPhone. Version 6 has an updated user interface, editing capabilities, and WebHelp 2.0.

Posted Dec 13, 2011

According to the blog, the popular blogging and website building tool is partnering with Federated Media to offer the opportunity to advertise to its bloggers. According to the post: "We've resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn't terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google's AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad. You pour a lot of time and effort into your blog and you deserve better than AdSense."

Posted Dec 13, 2011

When I think of digital publishing over the next year and beyond, I see three trends dominating the landscape: mobility, ubiquity, and touchability. User-generated content (UGC), social sharing, and social advertising are replacing the old-world concepts of traditional advertising. Your technology (today or tomorrow) should be able to support this paradigm shift.

Posted Dec 13, 2011, Inc. has partnered with Spain's national daily newspaper El País, part of Ediciones El País, SL, to produce a Spanish-language local edition, El Huffington Post. The deal closed last Thursday. The Spanish edition will be based out of El País' offices.

Posted Dec 12, 2011

Vogue has announced Vogue Archive, powered globally by WGSN. The archive, digitized in full color, includes all pages of every issue of American Vogue from 1892 to the present, including covers and advertisements.

Posted Dec 09, 2011

Amazon announced new publishing options for independent authors through an initiative called KDP Select. KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is Amazon's self-publishing service for authors and publishers; with KDP Select, KDP authors that choose to make their books exclusive to the Kindle Store for at least 90 days are eligible to earn a share of a $6 million annual fund.

Posted Dec 08, 2011

Allen Press, Inc. launched a digital publishing platform called BrightCopy, which allows publishers to preserve the aesthetic of their print publications while optimizing pages for online reading. Using an HTML5 mobile-optimized platform, BrightCopy enables publishers to deliver in multiple formats.

Posted Dec 08, 2011

This spring, some research had me making a series of calls to a range of people in the book publishing business, including authors, agents, publishers, and consultants. The topic-in broad terms-was about the shift to digital. How did these publishing leaders see the shift occurring today? How was it going so far, and-more importantly-what might the publishing landscape look like in 3 or 5 years?

Posted Dec 05, 2011

Content management and advertising solutions provider Atex partnered with Zissor, a company that supplies end-to-end digitization solutions, to offer media companies the opportunity to monetize more content. Atex will now offer archive digitization solutions using Zissor's industrial conversion technology.

Posted Dec 01, 2011

Amazon announced the opening of the Italian Kindle Store and the Spanish Kindle Store at and, respectively. The Italian Kindle Store offers more than 16,000 Italian-language ebooks, while the Spanish Kindle Store boasts 22,000 ebooks in Spanish; both offer access to a total of more than 900,000 titles in all languages.

Posted Dec 01, 2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, and it seems many shoppers decided to forego the stampedes and fistfights associated with Black Friday and shop from their office chairs on Monday instead. IBM is reporting that it may well have been the strongest Cyber Monday yet with online sales up over last year by 33%, and order value up 2.6%. Another big change: more and more people are doing their shopping via a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet. Almost 11% of traffic to online retailers was from mobile users. Sales via mobile devices were up as well, from 2.3% last year to 6.6% this year.

Posted Dec 01, 2011 announced it would provide content from its Twitter feed, homepage, and select content categories over Flipboard, the social magazine app designed specifically for iPad. Flipboard aggregates content from social networks and other publishers. The magazine-style interface will deliver hundreds of lifestyle articles to readers.

Posted Nov 30, 2011

iMedia Revenue Ltd. developed a publishing platform that gives newsrooms tools to publish content simultaneously across multiple channels such as mobile, email, web, and print. The SaaS solution offers pre-press layout integration with Quark and InDesign in an effort to automate each step of the publishing process.

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Somewhere between unknown, independent bloggers and traditional publishers with well-respected reputations are the sites known as content farms--websites that generate a large quantity of content specifically designed to rank high in search engine results. They range from local, content-driven sites such as AOL's Patch and to how-to sites such as Howcast and Demand Media's to topic-focused sites such as Suite101 and Associated Content.

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Hachette Book Group and Bloomberg Businessweek are working together to produce e-singles from published Businessweek content, according to paidContent. The first ebook rolling out is Steve Jobs: 1955-2011, available now for $3.99 through various e-tailers, including Apple's iBookstore, Kingle, and Nook.

Posted Nov 29, 2011

The Financial Times Ltd. created an iPad-iPhone app for the Indian market that is available at Users can access all stories on for free, exclusively in India. The FT India app features content covering Indian and international business news and analysis.

Posted Nov 28, 2011

According to Pew Research Center, "50% of adult cell phone owners have apps on their phone." In other words, we have gone app crazy! What was once reserved for the early adopters, gaming companies, or social networks has now become the must-have tool for any business. You have a website, Facebook page, Foursquare deal, and now the time has come to decide... app or no app? In this episode of Content Throwdown! we will explore the pros and cons of building an app. So grab your marketing plan, put on your wrestling gear, and let's hit the mat!

Posted Nov 23, 2011

In 2008, Rafat Ali sold ContentNext media--the company behind UK-based Guardian News and Media, Co. for a reported $30 million. He left the company in 2010, and now Guardian is looking for a buyer for the property. Based in New York City, the company covers the business of digital media, serving decision makers within the media, entertainment, publishing, advertising, marketing, and technology sectors.

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Earlier this week, Penguin Group, part of Pearson Plc., added self-publishing services to Book Country, its community writing site. Self-published authors using the site have allegedly been calling the initiative overpriced, royalty-grabbing, and "truly awful." Book Country's services range from $99 to $549.

Posted Nov 21, 2011

Amazon is reportedly looking to entice self-published authors to make their ebooks available in the Kindle store and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Amazon is expected to go public with this offer on Thursday, Dec. 1. Amazon is allegedly offering self-published authors the chance to be paid out of a $500,000 fund.

Posted Nov 21, 2011

In publishing, small is the new big. An increasing number of publishers are releasing e-singles -- short works published digitally on a variety of platforms -- to generate ancillary revenue, build brand equity, and reach new audiences. Among those joining the e-singles market are Hearst, Rodale, Princeton University Press, and as recently as last week, Penguin.

Posted Nov 21, 2011