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Facebook's post-IPO struggles can be baffling to the average person. How can a company with over a billion active users be experiencing so much trouble with its stock price--and revenue building in general? But those troubles may be behind the social network after a better than expected third quarter earnings report. And in a flurry of not-so-great earnings news from other companies, Facebook is reaping the benefits.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Last month I wrote about some of the immediate effects of the DOJ ebook settlement, including the reduction of prices on many HarperCollins e-books within a few days of the court's acceptance of the settlement. This month Hachette -- a former settlement holdout -- released JK Rowling's first adult book The Casual Vacancy. However, a look at the Amazon Kindle page shows a note that reads, "This price was set by the publisher." When initially released it was listed at $17.99 (and had quite a few formatting errors.). It's been lowered to $14.99 this week, but it's still more than half the list price for the hardcover. Amazon is selling the hardcover below list, at $20.90 but the Kindle edition is still substantially less.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

The digital age has given way to an open access renaissance - allowing for the free flow of information traditionally bound up in scholarly journals and academic publications. But when an influential analyst said that a European push toward open access could significantly hurt academic publisher Reed Elsevier's bottom line, many STM publishers took a second look at this model.

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and provider of licensing solutions, announced the launch of Open Access Solutions. CCC helps publishers manage variable Open Access (OA) models through its RightsLink platform, which supports unique pricing rules, licenses and messaging for OA journals, encouraging compliance with funding agency requirements.

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Just in case your online shopping carts don't make buying easy enough for you, Facebook is combining the visual interest of Pinterest with the purchasing power of Amazon. The social network rolled out "Facebook Collections" to some users - though it hasn't said how many - on Monday, October 8.

Posted Oct 10, 2012

OwnZones, which gathers premium subscription multimedia content tailored to user interests into a convenient ad-free site, has launched beta of the service. OwnZones is now open to anyone and registration is free. Consumers and potential media partners are invited to check out the site and provide valuable feedback that will help shape OwnZones for a full launch.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

No on has taken a more hard line stance against search engine indexing of news content that Rupert Murdoch, but some two years after declaring that Google (and other search engines) would no longer be able to crawl News Corps' The Times, paidContent is reporting that the news site will now allow the first two sentences of its articles to be indexed.

Posted Sep 27, 2012

We've all been there. You visit a website looking for information, movies, or other digital content and find a few freebies. Eventually, however, you run into a request for registration or, more substantially, a request to pay for additional content. DigiCareers, a website that provides job listings for those in the media industry, recently released survey results examining the impact of paywalls on current consumers. By sending emails to a random selection of its 30,000 members, DigiCareers received a 78% participation rate, using the feedback of 200 individuals. Some experts found the results surprising.

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Shrewd social commerce partnerships can do more than increase hits and generate online buzz. They can also employ technology to benefit worthy causes, as evidenced by a new initiative launched by Hearst Digital Media and mulu, an online social network platform that enables users to share product recommendations and designate a portion of the purchase proceeds to a chosen charity or nonprofit group.

Posted Sep 07, 2012

Digital Technology International announced the launch of its new metered paywall, Digital Paymeter. DTI said that with Digital Paymeter, news media publishers will retain 100% of their paid content revenue without any requirements to share revenue or subscriber data. Digital Paymeter is cloud-based and customizable to a company's needs.

Posted Aug 20, 2012

Foliomag.com has implemented a limited paid-access model for its content. The company wrote in an email to readers that it has decided to institute a paid-access plan to place a specific value on the site's content. Additionally, Folio believes this feature will help drive revenue, allowing it to produce more content.

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Academic publisher, John Wiley & Sons, announced revised licensing arrangements for journals published under the Wiley Open Access program. The journals will adopt the Creative Commons Attribution license which will allow for commercial use of published articles.

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Digital newsstand, Zinio, announced the company will offer customers the ability to participate in bundle pricing, according to Good Ereader. In addition, Zinio will also offer customers discounts on similar-themed magazine titles and renewal incentive pricing which will allow subscribers to save money on their subscriptions.

Posted Aug 09, 2012

Subscription commerce platform company, OneBill, announced that OneBill 2.4, the company's latest update, is available now. The company believes this version will improve upon previous OneBill for any cloud service provider's subscription business in the areas of pricing, promotions, customer management, self care, and partner interaction.

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Consumers may have been furious (and vocal) about an April settlement that allowed three publishers - HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette - to settle out of court in regards to an antitrust lawsuit brought against several publishers and Apple for allegedly "price-fixing" ebooks, but that doesn't seem to bother the DOJ. Many people who filed comments with the U.S. District Court in New York have criticized the DOJ for essentially giving Amazon a leg up in the ebook market by taking on its competitors.

Posted Jul 24, 2012

The Augusta Chronicle announced it will stop offering print-only subscriptions of the newspaper and will no longer have a surcharge for its digital platforms, according to Poynter. With this move, the Chronicle will offer one subscription that will cover both print and digital versions of the newspaper. This change is in effect now.

Posted Jul 16, 2012

New research coming out of the UK shows that while online video consumption is up, the revenue it generates does not match up by a comparable level across connected devices. Additionally, this research, conducted by Videoplaza, also found that TV is still the first choice for reaching audiences on a national scale when building brand awareness.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

German academic publisher, De Gruyter, announced the company's 2013 ejournal packaging model. The company will make available: Complete Package STM (Science, Technology, Medicine), or LLH (Language, Literature, Humanities, Law, Economics), Complete Package STM English only or LLH English only. The company said it is possible to pick and choose from one of the subject packages, or continue a single subscription.

Posted Jul 05, 2012

In an effort to help web publishers "build their audience by leveraging their most valuable asset - content," LinkSmart, Inc. was launched Wednesday, June 27, along with its cloud-based Total Link Management (TLM) platform. The Boulder, CO-based LinkSmart was launched by Pete Sheinbaum, a 20-year publishing veteran and former DailyCandy CEO, who says that "the publishing industry is in a crisis" and he wants to help. TLM is the web publishing industry's "first complete text link management solution that analyzes, manages and optimizes text links on keywords in content," according to LinkSmart, a provider of text linking optimization solutions for web publishers.

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Looking to "simplify the purchase experience," Facebook has decided to get rid of the Credit system of payment on the site, according to The BBC. Users with a Credit balance will have the remaining amount converted into local currency. As a result of getting rid of Credits, game publishers will now be able to charge a subscription fee for playing games starting in July. Subscriptions are currently being tested by game companies Zynga and KIXEYE.

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Online marketing company MonetizeDigital has announced a partnership with digital newsstand Zinio. MonetizeDigital and Zinio say this pairing will provide payment alternatives for digital magazines and Zinio Facebook fans will be able to earn credits towards magazine purchases to their smart phone or tablet.

Posted Jun 07, 2012

Within the next few years, the post-PC world of connected devices is going to have as profound an effect on the buying and selling of goods in this country as the internet has had in the last decade. The velocity with which people are embracing m-commerce and now t-commerce (tapping buy buttons on tablets) is surprising even the cheerleaders of mobile media. Publishers, watch this space. Having your content on handsets and tablets could position your company to be at that lucrative point of sale (POS) in a way never before possible, largely because now the POS can be anywhere inspiration hits.

Posted May 24, 2012

If there is one thing we are used to from Facebook -- or, at least, are used to complaining about -- it is change. The company has a history of introducing new features at will and then abandoning them. Going forward, though, Facebook's willy-nilly changes may be frowned upon as investors from Friday's IPO start putting in their two cents. When the closing bell rang on Friday, Facebook raised about $16 billion, was valued at short of $105 billion. But investors are not the only ones taking on risk; marketers that think Facebook is the Holy Grail also gamble with company money.

Posted May 22, 2012

No one likes to pay for content but a new set of surveys not only suggests that people are becoming less hostile to the idea of paying for digital content, but also reveals what types of content people are willing to pay for. According to a survey from DigiCareers, which looked at habits of US digital media professionals, 42% of respondents say they will explore prices and actually consider a purchase decision.

Posted May 18, 2012

A study conducted by iYogi Insights reveals that 42% of consumers subscribe to new products and services after experiencing them for free. The findings were based off more than 2,000 iYogi customers and the data shows that a Freemium offering is vital to the success and market penetration for new products and services.

Posted May 10, 2012

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