Content and Digital Asset Management

It’s Time for Book Publishers to Overcome the Fear of Free
October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

Open the iBooks trending searches today and you’ll see that the majority of searches start with the word “Free.” This is a word well beloved by consumers and deeply feared by publishers, who understandably want to protect their authors and investments. Yet for consumers conditioned to expect free online content, any paywall can be viewed…

You Bought It, but You Don’t Own It
October 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

The days of buying software, movies, and music albums on nifty plastic discs are about over. Soon media will be obsolete. Content—streaming and on-demand delivery of entertainment and software—will reign supreme. When consumers access one of these, they will do it over the internet, and when they buy a copy, it will increasingly be stored…

How One Author Is Rethinking Audiobook Production for Maximum Sales
July 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Audiobooks, you could say, are the quiet achievers of the publishing industry. Last century an audiobook consisted of a big box of expensive cassette tapes, or perhaps a slightly smaller box of equally pricey CDs. Audiobook readers once were mainly people with print disabilities or jobs that saw them driving long distances. But a revolution…

Academic Publishing Meets Open Access
May 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

If you want to read an article from the Journal of Financial Economics, and you don't have a subscription or access to a library that does, publisher Elsevier will charge you $39.95. For one article! Don't despair, though. You can also just go to the Social Science Research Network, where drafts -- in some cases…

Springer Nature to Expand Content Sharing to All Journals
March 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Springer Nature is to expand its nature.com content sharing initiative to its entire journals portfolio. The initiative, which originally saw articles from 47 subscription journals made freely shareable between subscribers and non–subscribers around the world for personal, non-commercial use, as well to certain media outlets, was extended indefinitely in December following a year-long pilot which…

How Auto-Tagging & Text Analysis Could Make Ebooks Better
February 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

I’m convinced we’re still in the very early stages of ebook evolution. The current print-under-glass model works great for some books but long-form digital content has so much more potential. The market will ultimately move beyond the only option readers have today of consuming dumb content on smart devices. Content enrichment is one way forward…

How MIT Press Built a Foundation for Scalable Digital Products
February 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Developing a proprietary reading platform is no easy task, but it can prove quite lucrative if done right. MIT Press's recently updated MIT CogNet is one example. Over 10 years in the making, the platform offers researchers access to over 700 books, 6 journals, and 13 reference works in the cognitive sciences, and sells annual…

How Publishing Startups Use Tech Tactics to Thrive in the Digital Era
February 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm

From content creation to manuscript acquisition to distribution to sales, publishing startups are combining traditional book publishing and tech startup tactics in fascinating ways to reinvigorate and reimagine book publishing. These book startups pride themselves on retaining much of the quality of a traditional publisher, while solving key problems with traditional publishing: high overhead, low…

Press Release: Firebrand Unveils Eloquence on Demand
February 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

Newburyport, MA. February 2, 2015--Firebrand Technologies, a pioneer in publishing technology services, today announced the launch of Eloquence on Demand™, which delivers print, ebook and audio metadata and digital content to the global supply chain. The tool represents the next generation of Eloquence, the book industry’s gold standard for more than 18 years, and gives…

Amazon's Audible Invests in Podcasts
February 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

Amazon.com Inc. is ramping up its investment in podcasts and other radio-style shows to expand the types of programming it offers via Audible, the audiobook company it acquired in 2008. Audible has recruited well-known comedians, along with radio and podcast producers for the initiative, and job postings suggest a significant global push. Maria Bamford and Jonathan…