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A while back, I had a dream that I won the lottery. In the dream, I didn't quit my job and buy a private island. No, I used my lottery winnings to buy the local newspaper where I started my journalism career. It's a small weekly with a long history of serving my hometown, and it has a negligible web presence.
Posted Oct 22, 2013
Aquafadas, developer of digital publishing solutions, previewed its new cloud-based digital platform, AQ Cloud Authoring, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. AQ Cloud Authoring lets just about anyone looking to publish an ebook convert PDF files into digital format and distribute across tablets, smartphones, and the web. With simple production tools, users can re-order and crop pages as well as add enrichments like Guided Reading. AQ Cloud Authoring's flexible export options include ePUB, AVE (for publishing apps), and the WebReader.
Posted Oct 17, 2013
Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), which digitizes, converts, and reorganizes content to facilitate universal access and expand revenue streams, announced availability of its Automated Document Processing (DCL-ADP) system. Processing hundreds of thousands of pages per day, and operating 24/7 without human intervention, the system is ideal for organizations needing to process high volumes of documents, and accurately extract information.
Posted Oct 17, 2013
With his recent acquisition of the Washington Post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos believes he can persuade readers to pony up for a daily bundle of news on a tablet, similar to traditional print bundles. "People will buy a package. They will not pay for a story," Bezos said recently during a meeting with editors and reporters. If his plan works, it could serve as a viable business strategy for other digital publishers going forward-especially if paywalls aren't working and if those news bundles are personalized for readers, say the experts.
Posted Oct 16, 2013
One of the biggest challenges publishers face today is finding the ideal approach to transforming traditional publishing methods into a modern, customer-oriented, multi-channel publishing system, in order to survive in tomorrow's publishing world. Rapidly changing technologies and media are pushing publishers to decide quickly on their digital publishing strategy. Yet, how do they know that their approach will consistently deliver outstanding content quality in the future, thereby guaranteeing profitable business?
Posted Oct 14, 2013
Aquafadas, ieveloper of digital publishing solutions, announced updates to its Digital Publishing System. Version 3.1 now features support for iOS 7 app development, newly available premium enrichments including real world physics and games, and improvements for Android apps creation.
Posted Oct 08, 2013
Paris-based content aggregator Numérique Premium has teamed up with Publishing Technology to launch a new, custom-built site for all its ebook content. Now live on Publishing Technology's pub2web platform, the Numérique Premium hub is the new home of all of the ebook specialist's available content - over 1, 500 titles.
Posted Sep 24, 2013
Alive Software Inc. has released ePageCreator v. 5.5, a digital publishing application for Windows and Mac that lets you turn PDF, Flash, and image files into flipbooks that can be published to your website, blog, or CD/DVD, and to your customers' mobile device. ePageCreator creates ebooks, e-catalogs, and e-brochures from a single source file. The documents employ a realistic 3D page-flipping visual effect that displays your content professionally and memorably.
Posted Sep 16, 2013
A print subscription to People will no longer get you free web access, according to paidContent. The magazine launched new digital products - including one that costs $200 a year -- and though it has bundled digital access with print subscription in the past, new subscribers won't get that same perk. For $112 a year you can get a print subscriptions or the People Digital Plus package (which includes digital and tablet access as well as access to the CelebWatch and CelebFood apps). For $20 more you can add a print subscription to the Digital Plus package.
Posted Sep 10, 2013
I could spend hours looking at images of couture gowns, fashion shows, and the latest luxe shoes and handbags. Since an "It" bag can easily set you back $12,000, and there's a months-long waiting list, I'm unlikely to ever own one of these items. But the world of high fashion is fascinating. Fascinating, too, is fashion's evolving digital engagement. From a slow start, it now brings together the worlds of publishing, content marketing, and ecommerce in interesting and disruptive ways.
Posted Aug 20, 2013
With the launch of the iPad in 2010, the leaders at Design Central knew that the world of digital publishing was on the verge of a major technological revolution. Before long, both its internal and external clients would expect to use tablets and other emerging digital publishing platforms to the full extent of their capabilities. This meant interactivity, ease of publishing, integration into smartphone apps, and more. The folks at Design Central understood the task in front of them and wanted to choose the right suite of digital publishing tools to integrate into their production process.
Posted Aug 12, 2013
Suppose you've had an active Twitter account since 2008 and you've been posting, on average, about three tweets a day, five days, a week, 50 weeks a year at about 140 characters/tweet-that's about 115,500 words, or the equivalent of about three books' worth of content. But, if you haven't been collecting, aggregating and effectively using that content, it is literally "lost in cyberspace."
Posted Jul 24, 2013
Marrying a collection of cultural content with a proprietary e-commerce system, Mediander LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fine Creative Media, Inc., announced the launch of its new website mediander.com.
Posted Jul 16, 2013
Lately, the media has been so focused on the Apple ebook trial that you could be forgiven for having forgotten all about the Author Guild's lawsuit against Google for its attempts to scan every book. But a three judge panel decided this week to revoke class action status, at least temporarily.
Posted Jul 02, 2013
It probably won't matter much to the hordes of Potter fans who frequent Pottermore, but CEO Charlie Redmayne is leaving to return to HarperCollins U.K. as CEO. Redmayne had served as the head of Pottermore since its beginning in 2011.
Posted Jul 02, 2013
Andrew Sullivan's decision to leave The Daily Beast and take his blog, The Dish, with him at the beginning of the year was bold. Sullivan decided to support The Dish with a subscription model, and now six months in he's updating us all on the site's progress.
Posted Jul 02, 2013
Physical books, movies, albums, and video games can easily be swapped and resold between different owners without fear of reprisal from the original publishers/copyright holders. So why can't the same be true of digital versions of these and other media? That's the question more consumers are asking, according to results of a recent WorldPay study titled the "Digital Generation Report."
Posted Jun 28, 2013
The Kindle Worlds Store and Self-Service Submission Platform are now open. Readers can find works from dozens of authors including Barbara Freethy (writing in Pretty Little Liars), Charles Sasser (Foreworld Saga) and Anita Clenney (The Vampire Diaries). Kindle World's Self-Service Submission Platform allows any writer to publish fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so.
Posted Jun 27, 2013
Cityblis.com launched the Cityblis Media Center - an online pressroom combining ecommerce and digital publishing. The online service gives reporters and journalists front row access to thousands of independent designers, consolidating all digital content from high-resolution images to press releases into one central hub.
Posted Jun 26, 2013
Amazon Publishing announced that it has secured licenses for its new publishing platform, Kindle Worlds, with leading comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and authors Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, Blake Crouch, and Neal Stephenson. Now, any writer will be able to create and sell fan fiction inspired by the popular Worlds of Valiant superhero comic book series suxh as Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and Archer & Armstron, Harbinger, and Shadowman, with more to be added. Fans will also be able to create fiction based on Howey's Silo Saga, Eisler's John Rain novels, Crouch's Wayward Pines Series, and the Foreworld Saga.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
Citrix's marketing team had outgrown its old web platform. For about 7 years, all Citrix product websites followed rigid templates. Building any customization beyond text and images could take weeks to process as the marketing team sent requests to the development team, who would then hand code the changes. The arrangement rendered last-minute alterations difficult or impossible and sometimes resulted in product launch delays. As the web has grown more rich, fast-paced, and socially focused, Citrix's marketing team needed a more agile and flexible website-building tool.
Posted Jun 12, 2013
Ebook readers report that one of the biggest benefits of digital books is the inherent portability. By their very nature, e-readers and tablets have a huge storage capacity and offer the ability to keep an entire library in the palm of your hand. Books that are back-breakers in hardcover, or even entire series of books, can be easily carried wherever you go-sometimes even in your pocket. However, shorter works, such as short stories and articles, novellas, even pamphlets and newsletters, are gaining traction among those who e-read.
Posted Jun 11, 2013
On Monday the DOJ's trial against Apple -- which is charged with colluding to raise ebook prices in an antitrust case -- got underway in New York. Though Apple was originally charged along with publishers, those companies have long since settled the case and are now testifying against Apple.
Posted Jun 06, 2013
As the internet exploded and more and more sites have constant streams of news and commentary on everything from world politics to which celebrities are dead (dead-celeb.com), the importance placed on content curation was, perhaps, inevitable. Separating the wheat from the chaff is sometimes so important to people, they're willing to pay for it.
Posted Jun 03, 2013
On May 29, 2013, Issuu launched a platform update that aims to deliver an immersive reading experience. Issuu provides a reading experience where one can flip through publications as they were originally intended to be seen, complete with graphics and eye-catching layouts. And readers can access Issuu on their desktop, laptop, iPad or other mobile device--with social media sharing capabilities built in.
Posted May 30, 2013