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Google Takes Publishers, Consumers to the Cloud

by Allen Weiner  |  December 6, 2010  |  3 Comments

Google’s entry into the digital publishing space with the launch of its eBookstore, partner program and device neutral distribution scheme is a big deal. On first look, there is the significant impact on rivals in the distribution space (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Amazon) as they face new competition. However, as the first “media […]

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YouTube Launches Video Rentals at Sundance

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  1 Comment

As YouTube evolves from its roots as the mega community for all video comers to a profitable business, the company is announcing a video rental program which launches in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival (January 21-31, 2010). Against the backdrop of Sundance, YouTube rentals will launch with five Sundance films—two from last year’s competition […]

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Google Hopes to Add Life to Newspaper Content

by Allen Weiner  |  December 8, 2009  |  Comments Off

While Google and the publishing world at large debates their long-term relationship, the search giant has launched another tool to aid publishers—Living Stories. Living Stories is an interactive platform that allows news organizations to format a variety of branded content elements into an interesting, up-to-the-minute web page that showcases an individual news brand. Fresh out […]

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The Nook: Better Than Kindle, But Not Perfect

by Allen Weiner  |  December 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

After a brief delay, about half of those who pre-ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook will soon be receiving their e-readers. With that in mind, the combatants are now out of their corners and are ready to do battle in the e-reader ring. In this corner is Amazon’s Kindle: a neat device that has a […]

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Google Offers News Publishers Tool to Go Dark…For Now

by Allen Weiner  |  December 2, 2009  |  1 Comment

Google has announced a new web crawler especially for Google News which easily allows news publishers to block their content from Google’s News index, general index or both. Know as Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP), Google is going a step further than the typical block or no block by allowing publishers to block or allow individual […]

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2009 Holiday E-Reader Bonanza Set to Fizzle

by Allen Weiner  |  November 30, 2009  |  1 Comment

As suggested in our research report, “E-Readers Will Take off With Holiday Shoppers in 2010,” Gartner stated that the pieces were not in place for e-readers to be the must-have holiday gift for 2009 and that 2010 was a more likely time for product take-off. Early indications confirm our research with Sony and Barnes and […]

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Sensing Sounds Along the Social Superhighway

by Allen Weiner  |  October 22, 2009  |  Comments Off

Both Google and Microsoft (Bing) have announced plans to add Twitter results (and, in case of Microsoft, Facebook updates) to search results. This is an interesting achievement for sure, but one that leaves me in major so-what mode. There has been a lot of buzz around searching the real-time web, and both search giants have […]

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A Barnes and Noble EReader Seems Likely

by Allen Weiner  |  October 9, 2009  |  1 Comment

Putting aside my instincts to avoid writing about rumor (oops. I have said that before), an overwhelming number of published reports indicate that book retailer Barnes and Noble is about to launch an ereader, joining the parade of devices that includes the Kindle, Sony’s family of products and devices soon to launch (Irex), hyped to […]

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Is The Courier Microsoft’s Xbox for the E-Reader Space?

by Allen Weiner  |  September 23, 2009  |  1 Comment

Word is leaking out (no doubt from Microsoft itself) on the Courier tablet. Looks very cool but it raises more questions that offers answers. If it’s the device that supports cool Silverlight applications for content providers, it will be quite interesting. So far, Apple has little to worry about if it intends to offer a […]

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Publishers See Apple Ruling the E-Reader Market

by Allen Weiner  |  September 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

A recent survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC)  of its U.S. and Canadian newspaper, magazine and business membership to learn more about publishers’ current mobile initiatives and strategic plans underscores the hope publishers see in e-distribution. Close to 58% of all newspaper publishers format their content for viewing on a mobile service (smartphone, […]

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