AOL Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Huffington Post for $315 million, the news, analysis, and lifestyle website founded in 2005, which now counts nearly 25 million unique monthly visitors.The new group will have a combined base of 117 million unique visitors a month in the United States and 270 million around the world. Following the close of this transaction, AOL will accelerate its strategy to deliver a scaled and differentiated array of premium news, analysis, and entertainment produced by thousands of writers, editors, reporters, and videographers around the globe.
Posted Feb 07, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. established a referral partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), in which ALPSP members can earn revenue from their online content through CCC's Rightslink Plus service at a discounted rate. Rightslink makes it possible to license text and multimedia direct from publishers' online content.
Posted Feb 03, 2011
Newstex will now aggregate the Facebook pages of companies into its service, allowing those companies to syndicate their content as a newsfeed to information providers and customers.
Posted Jan 25, 2011
Ex Libris Group has named its next-generation library management solution Ex Libris Alma. Alma supports a range of library operations—selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment—for all library materials, regardless of their format or location.
Posted Jan 11, 2011
Reprints Desk, Inc. announced that it has signed a direct agreement with the Massachusetts Medical Society for the electronic distribution of articles from the New England Journal of Medicine. Reprints Desk currently has direct distribution agreements with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and The Lancet from Elsevier.
Posted Dec 09, 2010
News publishers pine for the good old days, those days positioned prominently in the sun, the center of the media world, standing tall on two legs. Their business model has long been a strong, two-legged one, built on the seemingly permanent business model of the 80/20 rule: about 20% of revenue coming in from circulation, subscriptions, and single copy sales, and about 80% derived from advertising.
Posted Nov 22, 2010
As we head into the homestretch of 2010, we've seen a lot of activity in the journalism world—many experiments and attempts to find a working, profitable content creation and delivery model. Maybe we've finally gotten past the blame game and gotten to the point where we are actually looking for answers. The problem, however, remains a stubborn adherence to the idea of maintaining control over the content. With few exceptions, publishers seemed focused on finding new ways to lock down content.
Posted Nov 22, 2010
As confidence builds in the economy generally (we hope) and a relentless move toward a digital media economy charges forward, here's where publishers should be looking for new opportunity in the coming year.
Posted Nov 22, 2010
The internet is bursting at the seams with video. While sites such as YouTube are jampacked with user-generated video content, other sites are serving up professionally made web series along with brand-based video advertising and other sponsored content. But with consumers' attention spans already stretched to the breaking point, the real question has become how to turn this mismatched mountain of video into concrete revenue and effective advertising.
Posted Nov 10, 2010
The European Publishers Council (EPC) had its idea for the advancement of 21st-century copyright management as one of the European Commission's "Big Ideas" to help forward its Digital Agenda strategy. EPC's "Big Idea," titled "The answer to the machine is in the machine," deals with the need for management of modern day copyright on the internet to be machine-mediated.
Posted Nov 09, 2010
Demandware, Inc. launched Demandware Mobile, a mobile web storefront for companies selling direct-to-consumer. The product integrates with and extends any ecommerce platform, including ATG and IBM WebSphere, and it enables retailers to quickly launch a mobile storefront with enterprise-class features.
Posted Nov 09, 2010
DeepDyve and the American Physical Society (APS) jointly announced that APS has agreed to make its articles available through DeepDyve's online rental service for research articles as part of a nine-month pilot program. APS will be bringing a wealth of physics-related journals and other scholarly publications to DeepDyve's library of content.
Posted Nov 04, 2010
Creative Commons released the Public Domain Mark, a tool that enables works free of known copyright restrictions to be labeled in a way that clearly communicates that status to the public. The Mark is designed to make it clear to teachers, students, artists, and scientists that they are free to re-use indicated material.
Posted Oct 14, 2010
MediaPass released its automatic price point testing feature, which estimates the amount of money customers pay to access certain content. This new feature will help publishers set optimized prices that will reach a greater number of customers.
Posted Oct 12, 2010
Like it or not, being tracked by advertising and search companies is a fact of life on the internet. Detractors of the practice frame it as an invasion of privacy, while its proponents argue that the practice-and the finely targeted advertising it makes possible-is an essential feature of the internet business landscape, which allows free sites such as Google and Yahoo! to post profits without having to charge their users directly.
Posted Oct 01, 2010
With the proliferation of search-oriented online content providers such as AOL, Yahoo!, Demand Media, and About.com, internet users are increasingly likely to find that most of the general searches they do return results from these SEO-oriented content creators and so-called "content farms". Whether this is a good or a bad thing from the user perspective remains to be seen—and opinions vary. But from general tactics, to long tail search and universal search strategies, SEO remains critical to web publishers.
Posted Sep 29, 2010
FourthWall Media announced their TV Buy Button, a product that makes it possible for cable operators to deploy applications on their EBIF platforms that allow consumers to access their digital wallet and make payments more conveniently, thanks to an agreement between FourthWall and PayPal. The TV Buy Button consolidates several interactive TV technologies, including in-depth set-top box platform technology as well as several programming and advertising widgets.
Posted Sep 28, 2010
Semantico, a provider of services and technology for online publishing, released an e-commerce component for its Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). The SAMS e-commerce component lets end users purchase e-books immediately through personal accounts, without needing to request that someone authorize the purchase.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Copyright Clearance Center, a nonprofit organization specializing in copyright licensing, announced the opening of RightsDirect, its European subsidiary. RightsDirect enables European rightsholders and users to access the voluntary licensing systems that have been available in the U.S. for many years.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Ebyline, a new content marketplace for news publishers and professional journalists, has launched. The service, which is open to professional journalists and freelancers with published work, offers an alternative to the typical journalistic model of publishing, allowing writers to improve their visibility and openly pitch, negotiate fees, and sell finished work to publishers and news organizations.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
TheIndie.biz launched a new feature on its site that lets independent music fans tag and sell their favorite music through Twitter, Facebook, bebo, and MySpace. The feature is designed to give independent bands the opportunity to take advantage of social networking to expand sales for their music.
Posted Jul 15, 2010
Vindicia announced that Boxee has selected its CashBox billing solution to enable the new Boxee Payment Platform. Boxee, a service that brings movies, TV shows, and video from the Internet to the TV screen, will use CashBox to let its content partners offer premium content to users through a wide variety of payment methods and plans, from individual pay-per-view charges to premium subscription models.
Posted May 13, 2010
Think about the last time you ran into a registration wall. How did you react? If you're like me, chances are you gave up and left. Yet newspapers and magazines are deluding themselves into thinking that pay walls will suddenly, magically be the solution to their revenue crisis this year. To put it mildly, I'm dubious about this scheme.
Posted May 03, 2010
Selling goods and leveraging community will both be important to content providers moving forward, of course. But one long overdue goal of digital media, to "get beyond the banner," is going to be critical if traditional media want to retrieve the kinds of revenue many of them are losing in their offline properties. Ultimately, digital media really starts paying off for publishers when they get advertisers to spend more of their budgets online.
Posted Apr 15, 2010
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced the launch of a pilot program that allows individuals to "rent" single articles for a 24-hour period for $0.99. The service, created by DeepDyve, allows users to read, but not download or print, the full text of an article. AIP will be offering its new article rental service on an experimental basis until the end of September.
Posted Mar 25, 2010