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
EPiServer has added an integrated ecommerce platform to its existing web content management and community platform.
Posted Dec 15, 2009
Google announced changes to First Click Free, a program that allows the search giant to index paid content in a way that is transparent to consumers while still ensuring the ability of the content providers to receive payment for additional content.
Posted Dec 04, 2009
Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president and general manager of business productivity solutions at Adobe, did little to cushion the blow when he said to attendees at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference: "Enterprise software is failing." Story by ITI Reporter Jessica Tsai, CRM Magazine.
Posted Nov 06, 2009
I just finished reading the 20th anniversary edition of Neil Postman's Amusing Ourslves to Death. Even in the harsh light of hindsight, his analysis of television's effect on discourse remains compelling. In fact-when I consider the effectiveness of television as entertainment medium-I can see how efforts to transform news into entertainment in an attempt for the function to fit the form has contributed to the declining value of news.
Posted Oct 30, 2009
ECNext, an ecommerce service provider for business-to-business publishers, has changed its name to Manta Media.
Posted Oct 02, 2009
As we move into fall, the year-long revival of the paid content argument shows no sign of easing.
Posted Oct 01, 2009
Until fairly recently, if you wanted to publish a news article or magazine feature, it required a large staff and huge presses housed in vast buildings. It took great wealth to buy the means to publish and a factorylike process to sell the ads, produce the news, and distribute the product. Because newspaper production was well beyond the means of most people, we relied on newspaper and magazine publishing companies with the requisite resources to produce the news for us, and in return, they charged large sums of money for display and classified ads-and they thrived. Today, that's all changed.
Posted Sep 28, 2009
It's not news that magazines are anorexic, newspapers are dropping in droves, and industry leaders are calling for everything from forbidding the use of headlines for linking to putting up pay walls around anything and everything. It feels frantic, even desperate.
Posted Sep 28, 2009