Content and Digital Asset Management

Harper Seeks Injunction in Dispute with Open Road
May 27, 2014

Calling it a case of "blatant infringement," attorneys for HarperCollins have asked the court for a permanent injunction blocking Open Road from publishing its unauthorized e-book edition of Jean Craighead George's Julie of the Wolves, as well as more than $1.1 million in damages and attorney costs.

The request comes after HarperCollins's recent win in its copyright suit against Open Road, and after the parties were unable to come to a voluntary settlement to resolve the case. Under a court order, Open Road is set to file its opposition brief no later than June 20.

Book Business Buyer’s Guide 2014
May 27, 2014

The Book Business Buyer's Guide is a technology primer for book publishers: It's not meant to be comprehensive but rather offer a reference on significant and emerging technology that is paving the way for the future of the book industry. The guide is broken down into four major categories that increasingly require publishers' attention: Ebook & App Solutions, Digital Conversion & Workflow Services, Marketing Automation & Analytics Tools, and Ecommerce Solutoins.

Press Release: FlightDeck Tool from eBook Architects Launches Open Beta
May 23, 2014

irebrand Technologies, a leading publishing industry technology services company, announced today that its eBook Architects team has released a new EPUB quality assurance tool, FlightDeck, into a 2-month open beta. FlightDeck gives publishers and authors clear and actionable information on the quality and salability of their EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 files.

Rise of the Plagiarist in the Digital Age
March 24, 2014

Thanks to the internet, it has never been easier to steal other people's work. There's also a high risk you'll be found out. So why do it? Rhodri Marsden goes in search of a little originality.

It's not that hard to think of something totally original. If you don't worry about it being any good, it's easy. "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously," was Noam Chomsky's spirited attempt in his ground-breaking 1957 book on linguistics, Syntactic Structures.

What Can We Learn from Getty’s New Free, Embed Model?
March 10, 2014

Getty Images made an interesting content-usage model announcement last week. After years of playing whack-a-mole with everyone who's ever stolen one of their images, Getty decided to embrace the free model for a portion of their library. You'll find additional details on this here and here.

New All-Digital Curriculums Hope to Ride High-Tech Push in Schoolrooms
March 3, 2014

On Monday at an education conference in Austin, Tex., Joel Klein, the former chancellor of New York City public schools and the current chief executive of Amplify, the education unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, will introduce a digital English language arts curriculum for middle school.

McGraw Hill, the textbook publisher, will also announce this week that it has signed a partnership with StudySync, a company that creates digital English curriculum tools that have been deployed in 22,000 classrooms and are priced at about a third of Amplify's rate.

Apple Loses Latest Bid to Block Ebooks Antitrust Monitor
February 11, 2014

Apple Inc on Monday lost its latest bid to put a court-appointed antitrust monitor on hold, after a federal appeals court rejected its argument that the monitor's work was causing it irreparable harm.

In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said that monitor Michael Bromwich may continue to examine Apple's antitrust compliance policies while the company pursues a broader appeal seeking to remove him altogether.

However, the court's order addressed some of Apple's concerns, making it clear that there are limits to the monitor's powers.