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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

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

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