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The Financial Times unveiled fastFT, a service that provides market-moving news and views 24 hours a day. Tailored for the active news consumer, fastFT delivers up-to-the-minute reporting and commentary in short, sharp and informed dispatches. Staffed by a team of journalists around the world, it will be updated 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and supplemented with exclusive content from the FT's network of journalists and guest contributors.

Posted May 29, 2013

Media forecast and research firm Simba Information has released the 2013 edition of "Trends in Digital and Trade Book Retailing." This new report found that a quarter of adults who have used a Kindle to read an ebook in the last three months have also bought at least one book at an independent, local, or used bookstore. More than one in five have used a chain bookstore.

Posted May 29, 2013

With a job description that most sports fans would salivate over, Dylan MacNamara, senior deputy editor at digital sports media network Bleacher Report, Inc., manages the site's NFL associate editors and the myriad featured columnists who report to them. "I'm also involved with the NBA team, specifically helping during creative sessions and talent recruitment," says MacNamara, who is also helping to build a scouting department for the site.

Posted May 24, 2013

Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, a commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries.

Posted May 23, 2013

The Financial Times launched a new service in Latin America providing FT news and analysis translated into Spanish. Available through the FT Syndication service, which offers media organizations the right to republish FT content, subscribers will receive 10 articles per week covering international trends and developments relevant to Latin America.

Posted May 23, 2013

Not only has the ease of digital publishing made it possible for everyone to be a publisher, it's also made it possible for big-name, traditional publishers to branch out into new territory. Wanting to offer subscribers more for their money-or simply seeking to diversify their overall offerings--various high-profile newspapers, including the The Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, have gotten into the business of publishing ebooks.

Posted May 20, 2013

Sean O'Neal is the chief marketing officer for Mail Online, the wildly popular online newspaper. Mail Online is regarded as the world's most widely read newspaper site, and turned its first profit in 2012, setting it apart from many of its competitors. EContent talked to O'Neal about some of the secrets to its success, as well as its efforts to grab an American audience.

Posted May 17, 2013

The Nation, America's oldest political newsweekly, announced the launch of eBookNation, a new digital book initiative designed to make The Nation's most notable contributors, past and present, easily available to readers on tablets, smartphones, and computers.

Posted May 16, 2013

There are many different kinds of analytics in today's world of technology and information management: web analytics, predictive analytics, social analytics, etc. If you work closely with a web CMS or an ECM system, you have probably run into the notion of content analytics. But chances are good that no one ever bothered to explain what it is exactly and how one uses it.

Posted May 14, 2013

While it may be easier than ever to disseminate content to the public via the web, it's not easy to build and monetize your audience and quickly expand a fledgling presence into a thriving publishing empire. Nevertheless, every year a few more brave souls take a leap of faith into the great econtent unknown and manage to make a go of it. Here is their advice to the future digital publishers of the world.

Posted May 13, 2013

One of the great dilemmas facing traditional print media is the idea that the internet makes everyone a publisher-writers are no longer beholden to publishers who guard the gate to large printing and distribution systems. In the mobile age, publishing capabilities literally sit in the palm of your hand--and when you add the ability to develop large networks via social media and substantial self-funding sources, the game has changed completely.

Posted May 07, 2013

The Huffington Post already has a number of international editions, but now it's coming to Germany. The media group announced that it will be introducing a German version of the HuffPo in conjunction with Tomorrow Focus AG.

Posted Apr 30, 2013

I'm finally getting around to reading Anna Karenina, thanks to modern technology. Seems odd that a book lover like myself didn't download the year's best-sellers as soon as my iPad showed up, right? Well, here's something even stranger. I used my Amazon app to order the hardcover version of Dennis Lehane's new book, Live by Night, and the paperback version of John Irving's latest, In One Person. It seems a bit sacrilegious, huh?

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Today's consumers have ravenous appetites for econtent-enough to earn them the nickname "digital omnivores." While that moniker may already be familiar to many electronic publishers and content providers, they may be surprised to learn that, between 2011 to 2012, the digital omnivore population surged 160%, according to the results of Deloitte's recent "State of the Media Democracy" survey.

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Pingdom has introduced a free plugin for WordPress that makes it possible for anyone to add support for Real User Monitoring (RUM) to their WordPress site.

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced a new predictive publishing capability for Adobe Social, which predicts social engagement on individual pieces of content and automatically suggests ideal timing to improve how that content will perform. The initial version offers Facebook integration, and additional social platforms will be added later. Adobe Social, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud, enables marketers to scale social marketing across organizations, and listen and respond to customer conversations.

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Germany's online insider magazine deutsche-startups introduced its English version. deutsche-startups.com provides readers with daily news about the German Internet startup scene, offering interviews, featured founders and startups, as well as market trends and development.

Posted Apr 23, 2013

It's a tongue-twister, but yes, Medium has acquired MATTER. Both companies are relatively new, but Medium's co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams have a long history of success with such tools as Blogger and, most notably, Twitter. Medium, launched in late 2012, is a content creation and consumption platform, which is still invite-only.

Posted Apr 18, 2013

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., announced the launch of NOOK Press, a new self-publishing platform offering authors a fast, easy and free way to write, edit, collaborate and publish the ebooks and directly distribute them to readers.

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Pingdom has launched its Real User Monitoring service, which helps website owners get a better understanding of performance by collecting browser data from all visitors to their site. The Real User Monitoring service Pingdom says its new solution is easy to set up and available immediately for customers.

Posted Apr 11, 2013

This past week, as I was considering what to write for my column, I scored what I call a homerun post. It took off and amassed more than 24,000 page views at last count. I had another that barely broke 200. So it goes in the world of writing on the web.

Posted Apr 02, 2013

When Newsweek announced last year it would be scrapping its print edition after nearly 80 years and migrating fully to the web, it represented the latest example of what appears to be the print world's approach to the inroads of digital: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Posted Apr 01, 2013

Zuora announced Z-Business for Media, a relationship business management (RBM) solution that enables publishers to implement Paywall 2.0. Z-Business for Media and Paywall 2.0 enable media companies to broaden geographical reach, offering cross content bundling, delivering multi-device experiences, and provide creative pricing. The result is more predictable, growing revenue streams built on long lasting subscriber relationships.

Posted Mar 21, 2013

In 2012, The New York Times Company introduced Ricochet, a tool that allows brands to connect a specific ad with a story, no matter where that story travels across the web. Now, big names such as Conde Nast, Forbes, PEOPLE Digital, and The New Yorker are signing on, according to the NYT .

Posted Mar 14, 2013

In an increasingly challenging publishing world where authors see their prospects fading, Tim Sanders saw opportunity. So he and a team of fellow entrepreneurs recently founded Net Minds, an ambitious new Pasadena, Calif.-based startup that seeks to transform the industry by offering an entirely new model for book writers to bypass traditional and self-publishing.

Posted Mar 13, 2013

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