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Finally, 2014 is officially over. The ball has dropped, and it's time to turn our sights to the year ahead. If you are anything like me, you've already had your fill of "New Year, New You" mottos being blasted around social media. So in the spirit of the New Year, I've decided to reexamine 2014 and what I've learned.
Posted Jan 08, 2015
Whether you make widgets or wine, sell consulting services or software, deep down inside of you, there's an author waiting to come out. Regardless of your writing skills or lack thereof, you and the business you represent have a story to tell-not a fairytale, thriller, romance, or science fiction adventure, but a nonfiction narrative that shares your unique knowledge and expertise with others who are hungry for it.
Posted Nov 17, 2014
A Cxense "Extraordinary Insight" survey of more than 260 publishing executives reveals escalating interest in native ads and their perceived value, but also shows the market remains largely untapped, with just 20% of respondents running native ads today.
Posted Nov 11, 2014
Readers can now visit Kindle Scout, Amazon's new reader-powered publishing program, to preview excerpts from unreleased books, help decide which will get published and receive free books. Rumors about this program have been circulating for weeks.
Posted Oct 27, 2014
Publoris is a new service for academic self-publishing geared toward the needs of young academics. Developed in a partnership between De Gruyter and MyBestseller, the service allows authors to publish their manuscripts quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and is thus an ideal complement to traditional routes for publication.
Posted Oct 09, 2014
The Digital Reader reported back in September that Amazon was recruiting Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) authors to submit unpublished manuscripts to a crowdsourcing program that will allow readers to decide which books editors should consider for publishing. (You can join the mailing list here.)
Posted Oct 07, 2014
GetSiteControl provides a set of six most popular types of website widgets-- Survey, Subscribe, Promo, Contact, Follow and Share--that are now fully responsive and are managed from a single control panel. Owners of responsive websites who choose to install GetSiteControl widgets can now stop worrying about how these third-party elements will look on mobile devices of their website visitors.
Posted Oct 02, 2014
The explosion of smartphones, tablets and touchscreens has certainly benefitted consumers, who now have greater and more convenient access to content than ever before. But the way that content is organized and displayed on digital devices has changed radically in recent years, as evidenced by the increasing popularity of the infinite scroll-a tactic used by publishers whereby articles, posts, and other pieces of content are vertically stacked atop one another, either in full text form or in truncated form with hyperlinked headlines, on a page that seems to run on virtually forever.
Posted Sep 26, 2014
Aquafadas, developer of digital publishing solutions, now offers publishers the ability to create HTML5 WebReader content by adopting the alternative to Flash that is quickly taking over the digital publishing scene. A WebReader gives publishers the potential to increase content visibility while readers benefit from the same user experience as a tablet.
Posted Sep 25, 2014
The first part of a multi-phased relaunch of ingentaconnect.com began with an overhaul of the site's user experience. Access to information and navigation has been improved across the board, and incorporates a user-friendly homepage redesigned to highlight featured publications, new and most viewed titles on the platform, as well as a Twitter feed containing.
Posted Sep 23, 2014
By now, it's become commonplace for most of us. We conduct an online search, view a product on a webpage, and the next thing we know, ads are popping up for the same and similar products every time we go online, whether we're on our desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. The world of contextualized ads-or ads that are delivered to individuals based on some context-is exploding. Technology is driving the explosion and making possible some seemingly impossible things.
Posted Sep 22, 2014
The organization formerly known as the Online Publishers Association (OPA) recently announced a new name, Digital Content Next, a rebrand that it says signals a renewed focus on defining and confronting critical, big picture issues that its members face when creating digital content experiences for consumers and marketers. Digital Content Next (DCN) is a trade association that exclusively serves the diverse needs of digital content companies that manage direct, trusted relationships with consumers and marketers. The association hired a new CEO in May of this year, Jason Kint, former SVP and GM of CBS Interactive's Sports division, and welcomed six new members to its membership of 55 brands in early September. EContent intereviewed Kint about the future of DCN.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
On Thursday, September 18 the Online Publishers Association held its first event that was open to the public -- and then CEO Jason Kint announced that the organization was changing its name to Digital Content Next to reflect the changing industry. He did this at the end of a long, informative day at Content All Stars, where everyone from keynote Jason Silva to Werner Brell, managing director of Red Bull Media House to Soledad O'Brien shared their content secrets with the audience. Here are a few takeaways and themes from the day's programming that all content creators can learn from.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
My favorite part of any do-it-yourself show is the demolition. "Get all your aggression out," the bubbly host proclaims just before the token newlywed fumbles with the sledgehammer. I'm not alone because every one of these shows dedicates a segment to displaying a plume of dust. After all, you can't appreciate the shiny new kitchen if you don't show the studs and decaying wallpaper first. Why don't we extend the same logic to the new content we create on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis?
Posted Sep 16, 2014
From online magazines to electronic catalogs, brochures and photo galleries, digital flipbooks provide an interactive, dynamic, and visually attractive format for text, graphics, audio, links and other elements to coalesce into a more engaging and entertaining experience for users. And unlike a PDF, which doesn't always display well on every type of device, a smartly designed flipbook is ideal for multiplatform distribution.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
Amazon announced KDP Kids, designed to help children's book authors prepare, publish, and promote both illustrated and chapter books in Kindle Stores worldwide. Children's book authors can use the new Kindle Kids' Book Creator tool to create illustrated children's books that take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups. Once the book is ready, authors can upload it to KDP, and use KDP's category, age and grade range filters to help millions of Amazon customers choose the right books for their kids.
Posted Sep 04, 2014
Thanks to ever-improving technology, ebooks can be produced relatively quickly and economically compared to their traditional print cousins. But with the temptation to capitalize on speed and low cost, it's easy for publishers to cut corners on quality, especially when it comes to things that affect look, layout, and readability-such as proper conversion of text, images, and other elements from a print book to an ebook. And because churning out sloppy electronic copy can potentially turn off customers, content providers are worried.
Posted Aug 27, 2014
Despite the fact that the Author Earnings Reports, published by writer Hugh Howey and his anonymous partner Data Guy, has added fodder to the traditional vs. self-publishing debate, for many independent writers the reports are not at all surprising. The stated primary purpose of the site is "to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions." Independent writers, however, are finding that the reports mostly confirm what they already knew, and their decision-making processes have changed very little, if at all.
Posted Aug 06, 2014
Publishing startup Tablo announced the launch of new social features for its cloud-based ebook publishing service. This marks the biggest shift in the platform since its launch in 2013. Off the back of a seed funding round, the developments are part of a wider effort to transform the writer from a solitary character into a social one by encouraging collaboration among authors and likeminded individuals within an online community.
Posted Jul 31, 2014
A blog post on Amazon's Kindle forum gave some insight into the ongoing feud between the internet retailer and Hachette, one of the Big 5 publishers. Negotiations broke down months ago, and Amazon stopped allowing pre-orders of Hachette books and users reported delayed shipping on the publisher's books. Many asked if Amazon had too much power including big name authors. Now, Amazon is making it clear what's at stake: lower ebook prices and 30% cut for Amazon.
Posted Jul 31, 2014
Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult, and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing's Powered by Amazon program.
Posted Jul 29, 2014
Brainstorming about the future of digital consumption can leave you overwhelmed by the possibilities, but data released from YouGov--a global research and consulting organization--sheds some light on the emerging expectations of today's youth. The study found that nearly one in two children, aged 8-15, feel that access to online content and downloads should be free.
Posted Jul 23, 2014
Few companies have the potential to dramatically alter the electronic content landscape like Google, which continues to regularly roll out new apps, tools and technologies that make digital publishers sit up and take notice. It's a big reason why Google's annual I/O conference is so closely watched by players in the industry. I/O 2014, held in late June, didn't fail to excite those eager to read the tech tea leaves and develop forward-thinking strategies for success. Here are five of the top takeaways from the conference of importance to content providers.
Posted Jul 16, 2014
Condé Nast is a New York-based media company that produces many globally known print, digital, and video titles. Its portfolio includes such titles as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, SELF, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, DETAILS, Allure, Architectural Digest, bon appétit, Epicurious, WIRED, W, Lucky, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, and Ars Technica. After launching The New Yorker's iPhone edition, Condé Nast was looking to do the same with Vanity Fair. However, the company knew that the same solution would not work for the two very different magazines.
Posted Jul 14, 2014
Now if publishers like the New York Times can offer such a variety of digital options for consumers to choose from, why can't they give advertisers more options when placing a digital ad to reach those consumers? Giving people choices works. And if print subscriptions have decreased, wouldn't it make more sense for media companies to focus on creating more dynamic digital ad options for customers looking to advertise?
Posted Jul 03, 2014