Product Launches

Startup Snapshot: The Owl Field
March 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

The Owl Field is about 3D Audio storytelling. We produce immersive audio dramas that place the listener as the story’s central character, and from a first person perspective, everything happens around the listener in a 3D audio soundscape. Characters, sound effects and music surround the listener just as in the real world. The listener wears…

How Scholarly Publishers Are Redefining Roles & Transforming Infrastructure to Master New Tech
February 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

Scholarly publishing is a technology business. That’s been true for some time, of course. Yet the technology-driven approach to business is profoundly and fundamentally different from traditional publishing practices. How can scholarly publishers reconcile that dichotomy? How should a publisher utilize today’s technology in order to drive innovation? Those were the questions recently put to…

LearnLaunch, McGraw-Hill Education Team Up To School EdTech Startups
January 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Executives from McGraw-Hill Education will mentor local entrepreneurs as part of a partnership with Boston’s LearnLaunch edtech startup accelerator. “Startups play an important role in the digital ecosystem, and as a ‘125-year-old startup’ ourselves, we feel a kinship with them,” Stephen Laster, chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill Education, said in a news release. McGraw-Hill Education…

Amazon’s Echo Will Now Read Your Books to You
January 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

While Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo may have caught consumers off-guard when it was first released last year, the retailer has been hard at work adding features to the device to make it more appealing to the least tech-savvy Prime members out there. According to ZDNet, Amazon just took a big leap forward with bibliophiles interested in…

Harlequin Introduces Binge Reading with the Launch of the Tough Justice Series
January 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm

TORONTO—January 12, 2016—Harlequin launched a creative serialization publication today with the debut of their Tough Justice mystery-suspense series. The eight-part digital-first serial is a multi-author endeavor that sees all the episodes in the series published simultaneously. "The rules are changing for what a story is and how it can be read," said Loriana Sacilotto, executive…

Press Release: Gale Brings Interactive Science Products to Libraries
January 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.—January 7, 2016—Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is offering three new science products for academic and school libraries. The products are designed to help students understand science beyond the text, and combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned reference content with partner CyberScience’s interactive 3D models to bring science learning to life. Two products, geared primarily…

You Shouldn’t Be Surprised that Reddit Is Publishing a Book
January 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm

It turns out that we are all, at our core, Luddites. The latest proof: The front page of the Internet is publishing a book, on paper. Reddit is collecting some of its best Ask Me Anything interviews — with Bill Gates, Waffle House workers, Spike Lee, nuclear missile operators — in a “beautiful coffee table…

Press Release: Julian Fellowes's Belgravia — A Groundbreaking New Publishing Project — To Be Launched by Grand Central Publishing in April 2016
January 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

NEW YORK—January 4, 2016—Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is excited to announce a groundbreaking new publishing project by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. GCP acquired the North American rights to the project – Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA -- from Orion Publishing, a division of Hachette UK. Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA is a story told in a prologue and…

HarperCollins, Insurrection Media Strike Deal to Turn Books into Series
December 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

HarperCollins Publishers has struck a deal with Insurrection Media to option and develop books for adaptation as TV or digital series, the companies announced Monday. The first HarperCollins book under consideration by the alliance is the trilogy “Mila 2.0,” written by Debra Driza and published by Katherine Tegen Books.