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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

Offerpal Media, a developer of virtual currency payment alternatives, announced it has acquired Tapjoy, creators of the Tapjoy platform for mobile developers and a provider of monetization and distribution services on the iPhone, Android, and other emerging mobile platforms. As part of the agreement, the co-founders of Tapjoy will join Offerpal in leadership positions to help expand its mobile business. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Military book publisher Osprey Publishing announced that five of its military history books are now available as "‘freemium" apps via the Apple App store.London-based digital publishing company Exact Editions oversaw the development of the applications.

Posted Mar 23, 2010

Springer advanced its relationship with the Copyright Clearance Center, a not-for-profit organization providing copyright licensing solutions for various forms of publishing.

Posted Mar 05, 2010

NICE Systems Ltd., a provider of strategic insight and customer analysis solutions, brought real-time data analytics to its NICE SmartCenter suite of business solutions.

Posted Mar 05, 2010

Ebook and audiobook distributor Overdrive announced a set of new services that will expand its digital distribution network for copyrighted digital media.

Posted Feb 23, 2010

When ContentNext founder Rafat Ali, took the stage at the debut paidContent Conference, he made his position clear saying that he "supports a variety of business models and revenue streams." And for this event, the bottom line theme was supporting the bottom line.

Posted Feb 22, 2010

KonaKart and dotCMS, two Java-based software development firms, collaborated to develop an open architecture to facilitate plugin interaction between KonaKart's e-commerce solutions and dotCMS's content management systems.

Posted Feb 05, 2010

In discussing the decision to shake up the CODiE Awards by moving the program from its traditional home during the spring NetGain conference in San Francisco, SIIA Content Division vice president Ed Keating noted that "there's not much difference between a rut and a groove." That premise of breaking out of a rut was certainly in evidence in the product strategies of the 15 winning companies, winnowed from more than one hundred nominees through two rounds of voting.

Posted Jan 29, 2010

iCopyright announced a new billing and licensing service designed to supply content to business and enterprise users.

Posted Jan 19, 2010

A global survey conducted by the Nielsen Company of more than 27,000 consumers in 54 countries found that consumers had widely varying attitudes about their willingness to pay for online content, with an emphasis on both demographics and the specific type of content.

Posted Jan 08, 2010

Oxford University Press (OUP) has signed an agreement with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to license the reuse of approximately 100,000 books and journals from the U.S. and Oxford University Press in the U.K.

Posted Dec 22, 2009

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