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Digital publishers, including self-publishing authors, worry over content quality and formatting as they continue to focus on digital production, according to a survey on trends in the digital publishing industry. The number of survey respondents that have digitally published continues to rise, to 72.9% from 63.6% in 2014, while the number of self-publishers jumped nine percentage points to 45.1%. The survey was jointly conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), and Bowker.
Posted Nov 03, 2015
Are you a journalist? Does a chill run up your spine when people start talking about "content"? Are you confused by the idea that working in a newsroom makes you a "content creator" and not just a reporter? Join the club. I talk to a lot of content experts, many of whom seem to think that creating a magazine/newspaper/news site is the same as creating "content."
Posted Oct 27, 2015
Software programs masquerading as humans and controlled by criminals are decaying trust in the ecosystem - and these bad bots are getting smarter by the day. It may sound like a mediocre movie plot, but the drama is all too real for advertisers, publishers, agencies and others in the digital advertising marketplace who are falling victim to bot fraud. Now, combatting the multipronged menace has become a priority for many stakeholders.
Posted Oct 21, 2015
October appears to be the month for media acquisitions. Conde Nast-owner of big names like Vanity Fair, Wired, and The New Yorker-purchased Pitchfork, one of the internet's publishing pioneers. The music site launched in 1996, long before most of today's digital magazines, and has expanded to incorporate a music festival in Chicago and The Pitchfork Review.
Posted Oct 20, 2015
Zooey Deschanel's HelloGiggles is now part of Time Inc. The deal was announced in a post on the site. The post says, "Under Time Inc., HelloGiggles will continue to stand for the same mission we always have: to bring positive, empowering, smart, funny stories and videos to our readers and to support new female talent and give them a safe place to express themselves across the wilds of the internet." Time Inc. reportedly paid $30 million for the site.
Posted Oct 20, 2015
In a blog post on its website, Optimizely announced the general availability of its Optimizely Personalization solution. According to the post, "We built Optimizely Personalization to make it incredibly easy to connect data about your visitors - data such as behavior or information stored in your CRM - and use it to target experiences in real time."
Posted Oct 06, 2015
Despite this popularity, the BBC's model has come under increasing attack, particularly from the traditional news media. Speaking on TV, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne called the BBC's website "imperial" and voiced concerns about the BBC's potential to crowd out the online operations of traditional newspapers.
Posted Oct 06, 2015
Oyster-often referred to a "the Netflix of ebooks"-announced on September 21 that it was closing up shop-sort of. The company wrote on its website: "We believe more than ever that the phone will be the primary reading device globally over the next decade-enabling access to knowledge and stories for billions of people worldwide. Looking forward, we feel this is best seized by taking on new opportunities to fully realize our vision for ebooks."
Posted Sep 24, 2015
Amazon announced that it is expanding Kindle Scout, its reader-powered publishing platform, to more authors and readers around the world. Now, in addition to the U.S., authors in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, India and more may submit never-before-published, novel-length English-language manuscripts and be considered for publication in 45 days or less under Amazon's digital publishing banner Kindle Press.
Posted Sep 10, 2015
Publishing Technology has announced the launch of ingentaDrive, a packaged online solution that allows publishers to go live with fully branded, online sites, delivered from the cloud, within weeks. Combining the ease-of-use of ingentaconnect with the bespoke, feature rich experience of pub2web, the new product is built on Publishing Technology's technology framework and incorporates responsive design.
Posted Sep 03, 2015
If you were born between 1982 and 2000, congratulations, you are a millennial. There are 83 million of you in the U.S. alone, making up 26% of the population and spending about $600 billion a year, with this expected to grow to at least $1.4 trillion by 2020. A marketer's dream, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, "narcissistic," "lazy," "indecisive," and "immature" have been some of the words used to describe millennials. Not exactly the easiest people to deal with and convince to buy your product.
Posted Aug 10, 2015
One panelist quoted a popular statistic that says 90 seconds is the sweet spot for videos aimed at Millennials. Not everyone was buying that, though. It's not that Millennials don't have an attention span-it's that they won't put up with your terrible content. If you don't capture their attention within 90 seconds, Millennials are going to bounce. Another panelist told an anecdote about the CEO of a large cable company saying something to the effect of, "I'm so sick of Millennials!"
Posted Jul 28, 2015
For a long time, I have argued that online users have a sense memory for publishers that abuse their attention. I think we reserve a special bit of grey matter for the sites that give us trouble. On some level, we recall that site X loads slowly because ad or design bloat drags down its page loads. We record somewhere in our brains that site Y is too reliant on intrusive pop-ups and full-page interstitials. Without a whiff of proof beyond my own surfing experience, I contend that many of us curtail our use of these sites, even if it is by a couple of visits a month or a few video clips not launched. Sites do an immeasurable level of damage to themselves by stretching the bounds of visitor tolerance.
Posted Jul 21, 2015
Web publishers are getting more creative in finding ways to keep visitors on their sites for longer periods and to retain the people who come from social media sites. Infinite scrolling is a fairly new and increasingly popular way of making website users more "sticky" by providing a passively loaded, never-ending stream of content. Is pagination yesterday's news?
Posted Jul 20, 2015
Ingram Content Group announced the launch of its new accelerator program, 1440, named for the year Johannes Gutenberg perfected his printing press technology. Built on the belief that publishing innovation has the power to change the world, 1440 aims to find and accelerate startups creating the next breakthroughs in the publishing industry.
Posted Jul 16, 2015
Oomph, a technology provider that helps large publishers and advertisers convert print advertising assets into multi-format digital content, has expanded to the U.S. for the first time with the opening of its new office in New York City. The company, which is headquartered in Australia, has expanded its operations to reach U.S.-based publishers who wish to create a digital ad inventory for their online and mobile properties and advertisers who want to engage with their customers on multiple platforms seamlessly.
Posted Jul 02, 2015
There are many lessons to be learned from the rise and fall of Gigaom. The thing that struck me, though, was that this seemed to be an argument for ad-supported media. You don't hear many of those these days. We're used to hearing about newspapers and websites shutting down after dwindling ad revenue is not enough to keep them afloat. We see The New York Times and its ilk instating paywalls to help pad the bottom line. Rarely, however, do we hear cautionary tales of companies that dared to experiment with different monetization strategies and lost.
Posted May 26, 2015
Right now, the last thing I want to be reminded of are early twenty-somethings. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but I'm sick of young Millenials. It's not that I have anything against them in particular; it's just that I am so tired of thinking about them, and more specifically, how to engage with them, and I can't be the only one. It seems that for years the biggest question in boardrooms, conferences, and department meetings throughout the media industry has been: how do we connect with the Millenial generation? It's exhausting.
Posted May 07, 2015
In the world of digital publishing, the law of the jungle still applies, as it does in any industry: Only the fittest shall survive. But while eContent providers initiate and expire with regularity these days, recent news of the shakeout of three notable names in tech media--Gigaom, Joystiq, and The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)--has caused some players in this space to sit up, take notice, and ask nervous questions.
Posted Apr 22, 2015
Atlantic Media's Government Executive Media Group launched Route Fifty, a digital, business-to-business publication and events brand covering and connecting state, county, and city governments across the United States.
Posted Apr 16, 2015
Confident Technologies, providers of solutions for securely accessing digital information, announced the launch of RevTapTM, a new human-verified ad unit that aims to increase engagement while providing a seamless user experience to advertisers and publishers. Publishers can monetize their website using RevTap's advertising platform while providing a good experience for their audience. For advertisers, RevTap and its SecureTap technology provides a human-verified audience and increases engagement by placing advertisements directly where an audience interacts.
Posted Mar 16, 2015
Amazon announced that customers can pre-order the first 10 titles discovered through Kindle Scout, Amazon's reader-powered publishing platform. The books, which will be released on March 3, are the first to be published under the digital publishing banner Kindle Press. To date, there have been 21 titles selected for publication by Kindle Press, with more books submitted and selected daily.
Posted Feb 24, 2015
Songlines, a guide to music from around the world, launched a new digital edition. The prestigious music magazine, published 10 times a year has partnered with digital publishing experts Exact Editions, to develop a new digital edition.
Posted Feb 24, 2015
Independent eBookstore OpenBooks.com revealed its online destination where readers read first, then decide how much they want to pay based on what they feel a book is worth and how much they can afford. The majority of payment proceeds is being passed directly to the author.
Posted Feb 19, 2015
The Los Angeles Times announced a venture with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to establish #EmergingUS, a multimedia platform which will explore the evolving American identity in the 21st century. Vargas will lead an effort to write commentary and produce original video, graphics and other digital content that focuses on the intersection of race, immigration, identity, and the complexities of multiculturalism. #EmergingUS will aim to illuminate these issues and create a dialogue at a time when demographic shifts are transforming the face of America.
Posted Feb 19, 2015