Content and Digital Asset Management

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Ebook and Technology Assets from MeeGenius
August 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt made significant strides in its direct-to-consumer strategy yesterday with the acquisition of ebook and technology assets from the ebook subscription service MeeGenius. MeeGenius offers a library of 700 picture books geared toward young readers up to 8 years old. The acquisition increases HMH's digital content for young readers and establishes a direct…

Why Copyright Is Key to Future Publishing Innovation
April 22, 2015

At the London Book Fair on Thursday, Copyright Clearance Center presented, The Copyright Conundrum, a special talk led by Victoriano Colodron, senior director of international relations at CCC. The presentation outlined the paradox many publishers face: copyright is key to conducting the business of book publishing, but the digital revolution has made sharing -- regardless of copyright restrictions -- as easy as a single keystroke.

Buyer’s Guide 2015: Digital Conversion & Workflow Services
April 1, 2015

Few publishers are developing digital content alone. Partnerships are key for publishers to transition from print-centric production cycles to truly multi-channel production. Partnership may be as minimal as shipping print PDFs to a conversion service to create EPUB files or as involved as hiring an expert to implement a new production workflow.

Stop The Presses: Disney Tells Court About The Importance Of The Public Domain
March 20, 2015

It's not often you see Disney out there defending the public domain -- and the importance of keeping it vibrant and supported by new things. However, that seems to be (sort of) what Disney is, in fact, arguing in a Supreme Court case known as Kimble v. Marvel. There are, of course, a bunch of caveats here. First, it's a patent case, not a copyright case. Second, it's Marvel, not technically "Disney," but Marvel is wholly owned by Disney.

Rights on the Money: Publishers Need to Fully Monetize (and Protect) Their IP
March 13, 2015

In December, The Wall Street Journalreported that British publisher Harvill Secker UK pulled its ebook version of The Search Warrant by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Patrick Modiano from Amazon.co.uk because "It turns out that Harvill Secker didn't have the rights to publish the ebook, which Mr. Modiano's French publisher, Éditions Gallimard, discovered after the prize was announced, according to Anne-Solange Noble, Gallimard's foreign-rights director." If Modiano had not won the Nobel Prize and been the focus of so much media attention, this situation might not have been noticed for some time.

Former Borders VP Seeks Backing for Startup Idea: Selling Book Content to Websites
March 2, 2015

A former vice president at Borders Group Inc., the onetime book giant that went out of business in 2011, is convinced there is money to be made from the book industry and has been meeting with angel and venture capital investors to help launch his startup company, ContentOro LLC. Bob Chunn, who has incubator space at Ann Arbor Spark, wants to license book content from publishers and sell it to websites in need of content. At least one local veteran entrepreneur, Chuck Newman, who founded ReCellular Inc., an Ann Arbor-based company that recycles cellphones, has bought into Chunn's vision, literally, as his first investor.