On the heels of announcing its new Digital Publishing 2.0 strategy, publishing software company Quark says it has signed on as a â€śplatinumâ€ť sponsor of the 2010 Digital Magazine Awardsâ€”a global competition to honor the best in digital magazines. The competition is accepting entries for nearly 20 categories. Some include: Magazine Launch of the Year, Editor of the Year, Designer of the...more
Yes, People Are Excited About Digital, MobileDigital publishing vendor Texterity has released the results of its annual Profile of the Digital Edition Reader, which it conducted with BPA Worldwide. Not surprisingly, Texterity says the results confirm an increasing enthusiasm for and reliance on digital and mobile formats.According to the results, 86 percent of the more than 31,000 respondents polled indictaed that they are either satisfied or...more
Digital edition provider Nxtbook Media and Joe Pulizziâ€”custom content â€śevangelistâ€ť and founder of content matching site Junta 24â€”have created a new company called Talefoundry that offers custom digital media solutions and services for small and mid-sized publishers who may not have the internal resources to fulfill those programs themselves.
â€śWe had publishers looking to push the envelope further than the typical digital replica magazine but were limited by how much...more
There seems to be almost no end to the number of mobile ad networks popping up, such as Jumptap, Millenial Media and Quattro. Apple offers its own ad network in iAd, which serves ads to the iPhone and iPad (with publishers getting a 60 percent cut and Apple keeping 40 percent).Â Increasingly, digital magazine vendors are getting into the act, offering either their own networks or solutions that pull...more
While digital editions are a common format for producing show guides and show dailies, apps are becoming another popular platform for integrating dailies along with much more functionality. Penton Media's Custom Solutions group partnered with the Food Marketing Institute to build an app for FMI's annual event, FMI 2010, in May. The app, which essentially wraps a show program, show dailies, exhibit...more
Sports Illustrated, which released its first issue for the iPad on June 24, has seven launch sponsorsâ€”all are in for...more
Another player has emerged on the digital magazine vendor market: MagMe. The new platform debuted in beta earlier this month at the 2010 FOLIO: Show in New York City.The platform features intuitive navigational and viewing capabilities, online shopping functions, and social media tools, as well as what the company says are â€śsuperiorâ€ť visuals and viewing features.What sets MagMeâ€™s business plan...more
IDG's Macworld and PCWorld magazines have had digital editions for years but they're just starting to realize the potential of the platform, thanks to the iPad. While Macworld and PCWorld averaged 600 monthly downloads combined for their digital editions, the iPad versions are generating 8,000 monthly downloads combined and a Macworld special edition about the launch of the iPad has generated about 90,000 downloads (and...more
At a time when magazine publishers are racing to market with applications for tablets and smartphones, Bonnier Corp. and Interweave have launched new digital products specifically for viewing on desktops and laptops.As part of the magazineâ€™s broader â€ś360-degree multiplatform initiative,â€ť Bonnierâ€™s Skiing magazine has developed Skiing Interactive, a digital edition with unique content and advertising that was developed specifically for accessing on a...more
For now, publishers are merely experimenting with pricing for full magazine apps on smartphones and tablet devices. A baseline at this point is still a moving target. On the one hand, publishers don't want to get trapped in devaluing digital content again, and with all the production work involved in the versions that are not simply digital edition repeats, but have added content, robust...more
Report: Tablet Market to SkyrocketThink the iPad sold well in its first few hours on the market? According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation, worldwide tablet shipments are projected to grow from roughly 7.6 million this year to more than 46 million units in 2014.IDC says consumer demand for media tablets to be â€śstrongly driven by the number and variety of compatible...more
Publishers over the years have had their plates full with managing print and Web products, thus relegating digital editions to the â€śstepchildâ€ť category. But with all of the new e-reader devices currently on the market and recent developments in smartphone technology, digital editions are now coming more to the forefront. But technology is just one part of the equationâ€”you need an engaged audience to make focusing on a digital edition...more
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