Web Development

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…

Press Release: Gale Launches First Major Online Archive of Pre-20th Century Arabic Books
November 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

DENVER—November 23, 2015—Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced the first module of Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books. Module One, which includes a wealth of content on Islamic literature, law and other religious items, is part of Gale’s ongoing…

Rodale Books Launches Week-Long Online 'Greatness Summit'
November 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Bestselling author Lewis Howes was once a professional football player, until a broken wrist ended his career early. But since then, Howes has launched a multi-million-dollar business and hosts a leadership and personal development podcast called The School of Greatness. Last month, Rodale Books published his book by the same name, and this week the…

Press Release: Gale and California State Library Announce Partnership to Give State’s Residents Access to Accredited High School Diploma
November 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—November 5, 2015—The California State Library and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a statewide pilot program to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at more than 30 libraries across California. The program is funded by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is aimed at helping as many Californians as…

German Publisher Baste Lübbe to Launch International Subscription Platform
November 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

On the heels of subscription platform launches from Disney and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, German publisher Baste Lübbe has announced the development of its own subscription service, oolipo. The international streaming service is built from the foundation of Baste Lübbe’s ebook store “beam,” and shares bite-sized, serial content geared toward mobile readers. The subscription service is…

Press Release: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious World, an Interactive Content Service
October 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

NEW YORK—October 21, 2015—Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a leading provider of pre-K-12 education content, services, and technology solutions, announced today the launch of Curious World™, an interactive content service that offers an expanding collection of games, videos, and eBooks mapped to key early learning areas. Available initially as an app for iPad®…

Houghton Mifflin Launches ‘Netflix for Learning’
October 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. said Wednesday it is launching its Curious World website and updated app, which includes educational videos, games, and ebooks for kids between the ages of 3 and 7. The Boston-based publisher first introduced Curious World in November 2014 with a “simple app” that was free to download and included in-app purchases,…

The Most Popular Book Business Posts of September
October 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Here’s a collection of Book Business’ most read stories from September. Book Business Top 20 Book Manufacturers Ranking 2015 - Part of the Fall Issue, the Top 20 Book Manufacturers ranking returned, listing the top printers in the book industry by revenue. Why Oyster Failed - In this guest post, Bookmate CEO Simon Dunlop explains…

Rodale Inc. and Rodale Books to Launch Rodale Wellness
October 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Rodale Inc. and Rodale Books will launch Rodale Wellness. This project will serve as an online hub of wellness-related content and a commerce website. Some of the items being posted include a daily newsletter, a workout playlist, and exercise demonstration videos.

New Platforms, New Challenges in Academic Publishing
October 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

In an increasingly competitive space, publishers not only need to meet the challenge of other publishing companies and open access, but also changing user expectations. Too often users’ expectations have been poorly met, but this is changing with an increasingly wide range of information products available on increasingly sophisticated platforms. SAGE Publications and Alexander Street…