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When Robots Read Books
December 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Where do witches come from, and what do those places have in common? While browsing a large collection of traditional Danish folktales, the folklorist Timothy Tangherlini and his colleague Peter Broadwell, both at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to find out. Armed with a geographical index and some 30,000 stories, they developed WitchHunter,…

Book-Choice App Alexi Aims to Free Readers from 'Algorithm Rabbit Hole'
December 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

It started as an idea at a kitchen table between friends frustrated by the limitations of algorithm-driven digital recommendations and star ratings of books that they believed had encouraged a “deep engagement with the shallow” over the last 10 years. Two years on, the founder of the Folio prize Andrew Kidd and Silicon Valley veteran…

How Wattpad Became a Multiplatform Entertainment Venue
December 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Founded in 2006 by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, Wattpad, an online community of writers and readers, has blossomed into a multiplatform entertainment venture that attracts millions of visitors to its site each month. Wattpad helps aspiring writers find readers, but it also provides traditional book publishers, advertisers, and film and TV producers with original…

Press Release: Semantico Partners with TrendMD to Improve Discoverability of Academic & Professional Content
December 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Brighton, U.K. -- December 1, 2016 -- Semantico have announced a partnership to provide the native integration of TrendMD within their Scolaris digital publishing solution. The partnership will deliver to publishers an enhanced research experience for their end-users and increased content discoverability, but above all, the potential for increased usage. The market-leading content discoverability tool…

If You Build Better Metadata, Readers Will Come
November 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

Creating or aggregating content and actually getting readers to see it are two sides of the same coin. Without both content and a reliable way for people to find it, the motivation to create or house such content becomes less. One feeds the other. So, how do content aggregators and authors find that sweet spot…