Web Development

Press Release: Elsevier’s New ECC Webcasts Platform Provides Free Access to Webcasts of the European Cancer Congress
January 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm

AMSTERDAM—January 21, 2016—A new online platform gives healthcare professionals free access to a selection of lectures from Europe’s biggest cancer conference, providing them with the latest research on a variety of cancers and treatments. The ECC Webcasts platform (eccwebcasts.ejcancer.com), run by Elsevier and hosted by the European Journal of Cancer (EJC), features webcasts of some…

Press Release: Penguin Random House UK Launches Best-in-Class Consumer and Company Websites
January 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

LONDON—January 20, 2016—Penguin Random House UK is today launching two new websites: a Penguin-branded website for consumers, focusing on its authors, brands and books (penguin.co.uk) and a Penguin Random House UK company website for its business audiences (penguinrandomhouse.co.uk). Coming together for the first time in one website, Penguin, Puffin and Ladybird – the publishing brands…

Press Release: Scholastic Launches 2016 Presidential Election Website
January 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

NEW YORK—January 21, 2016—Today, the editors of Scholastic News® announced the launch of the Scholastic News Election 2016 website, a resource designed to immerse kids in the 2016 Presidential Election and enhance the news stories found in the award-winning Scholastic classroom magazines. Visit the Scholastic News Election 2016 website at: www.scholastic.com/election. The Scholastic News Election…

Codex Hackathon, a Two-Day Marathon of Tech for Books
January 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Luke Van Seters and Vignesh Mohankumar were camped out on a pair of purple couches on the third floor of the MIT Media Lab, attempting to hack written language itself. The code that the two Northeastern students had cobbled together over the previous 48 hours analyzes an excerpt of text, then rewrites it slightly to…

PRH Book Recommendation Hotline Builds Personal Connection with Readers
January 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm

While many publishers are striving to solve the book discovery problem through semantic recommendation algorithms and expansive book metadata, for the past two years Penguin Random House has employed a decidedly old school approach during the critical holiday bookselling season. Instead of generating automated book suggestions based on clicks, PRH staff manually creates completely personalized…

The Convoluted Profits of Academic Publishing
December 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Richard Price always had an entrepreneurial bent. He started a cake business in his mum's kitchen during a summer break from his doctoral program at Oxford, eventually converting it into a sandwich-delivery service after realizing people only ate cake once a week. Then, when one of his philosophy papers took three years to get published,…

PRH to Close My Independent Bookshop
December 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced it will close its consumer book recommendation site My Independent Bookshop ahead of the launch of its new website next year. PRH launched My Independent Bookshop in May 2014 as a social platform that allowed readers to set up ‘virtual bookshops’, where they could share their favourite reads and…

Press Release: Gale and State of Florida Announce Partnership to Give Residents Access to Accredited Private High School Diplomas
December 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. and FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.—December 7, 2015—A pilot program to offer accredited private high school diplomas and career certificates is now available online at 11 public library systems across Florida. The Career Online High School project is brought to residents in selected communities by the State of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons…

MOOCs Rise from the Ashes
November 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

One could be forgiven for believing that MOOCs had simply faded away. When they first came on the scene, MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses — were widely and wildly predicted to be about to change the world, and they would do this in three to four weeks. The high cost of higher education would…